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Footbridge opens in Western Springs

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Fuseworks Media

A new footbridge across Meola Creek in Western Springs will make the area safer for pedestrians - particularly students walking to and from Western Springs College.

The 17-metre footbridge, behind the Auckland Zoo, will be officially opened on Monday 26 September.

Auckland Transport worked with Western Springs College and the Waitemata Local Board on plans for the new footbridge - first identified in a 2009 school travel plan as a potential safety improvement for students crossing the busy Motions Road.

The new bridge enables college students to make their way up Old Mill Road to Surrey Crescent without having to cross Motions Road.

Waitemata Local Board Chair Shale Chambers says the new footbridge will benefit the community by making the area safer for pedestrians. "The Meola Creek footbridge is a great example of Auckland Transport working closely with the local board and community to ensure that the highest standards of pedestrian safety are implemented. It will also benefit students from Western Springs College who will no longer need to cross a busy road."

It follows other recent safety improvements on Motions Road, including two speed tables (speed humps with a raised, flat section in the middle) to reduce vehicle speeds and a pedestrian refuge island.

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