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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 29, No. 8. 1966.

Crossing far off, uncertain

Crossing far off, uncertain

sketch of Salamanca Road crossing

Mr. Anderson, Wellington's Traffic Superintendent, says that he doesn't know what is holding up the erection of the controversial pedestrian overbridge at the intersection of Salamanca Road and Kelburn Parade.

However, Mr. Dasent, of the university, says that the project is held up because results of investigations by the university's architects show that if the bridge were erected in the position originally agreed on by the university authorities and the City Council, it would not be used fully.

A letter has recently been sent to the City Council requesting that they approve the erection of the bridge in a position close to that of the illegal crossing recently painted. If this is agreed to, the university council will then apply to the University Grants committee for the required finance.

The original proposal for a bridge across Salamanca Road near the tennis courts was decided at a series of, meetings last July and August by the city engineer a Traffic Department representative, and Dr. Culliford, of the university. A complete report on pedestrian movements on and around the campus is being prepared, and an interim report suggests that this site is not the best possible.

While discussions continue, pedestrians are still being endangered and inconvenienced by the lack of a crossing. Mr. Anderson does not consider this intersection a danger to pedestrians, and says he "does not intend to lose any sleep over the proposed demonstration." However. Cr. Turk, the chairman of the Traffic committee. is prepared to consider warning signs as a temporary measure.

A letter has been received by the students' association from the Rotary Club offering their assistance m this matter, and the Kelburn Progressive Association has also offered its support.

Student protests continue. A motion was passed at the students' association Agm to stage a one-hour "paint-in," blocking traffic while painting a crossing.

The executive, however, is seeking legal advice before continuing. However, as Mr. Boyden, of the Traffic Department, has told Salient that a claim that his department had threatened the association with prosecution is "nonsense." it appears that the association has little to fear, although individual demonstrators could be brought to court.

The unauthorised crossing has been painted at least three times, and removed once by the council. The position chosen was described by Mr. Anderson as the most dangerous possible site. [unclear: e] does not think that [unclear: p] would use a crossing [unclear: n] in the most suitable [unclear: pos]

An overbridge may eventually be erected—if the University Grants committee provides funds.

But Salient understands that the committee will almost certainly refuse finance on the ground that the matter is the City Council's responsibility.

If the proposed demonstration does not take place, even without the painting of a crossing, there seems little hope of a satisfactory interim solution.

See Also "Road Safety Call" — pl2

V.U.W. National Club

Annual Dinner

Speaker: Hon. B. E. Talboys

Tuesday, July 26

Tickets 32/6 at Student' Association Office.