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Tramways Union concerned about Manners St

Media Release: Tramways Union concerned about Manners St

The Wellington Tramways Union is concerned about the design of Manners St in central Wellington, which is due to open to city bus services this Sunday.

The Tramways Union represents the majority of bus drivers in the Wellington region.

Calls for buses to road test this new road have been ignored by the Wellington City Council. The Tramways Union are concerned about potential safety issues that may arise out of the design of the road.

“We have raised concerns with the council in the past about the design of Wellington roads” says Union President Nick Kelly. “Roads built over the last decade have not reflected the increased size or shape of modern buses, nor the volume of traffic going through the inner city”

The Manners St design is the latest example of the central city street design that have been poorly designed. “There has been no consultation with the Tramways Union or other drivers who will be driving buses through Manners St every day” says Nick.

The Tramways Union calls on the Wellington City Council not to open this road until it has been properly tested by Drivers. If this doesn’t happen and the new street is found to be unsafe, the Tramways Union will be using measures available under the Health and Safety Act and advising members not to use this new route.

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