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'Bizarre' junction with 18 traffic lights

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/10/2016 Cleo Fraser

A Christchurch intersection that has 18 traffic lights has been described as bizarre and an overkill by residents.

The junction at Tuam and High streets reportedly had no signals prior to the devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, but more than a dozen have sprung up over the past 18 months as part of the rebuild.

Although it isn't a major thoroughfare it will be used by cyclists, cars, pedestrians and a tram once the area is restored.

While there are popular cafes, bars and restaurants nearby, as well as the Vodafone headquarters, most of the area is under construction.

"It seems bizarre - I've never seen an intersection with 18 traffic lights before ... it seems slightly overkill," Troy Barnett, who works on nearby Manchester Street, told NZ Newswire on Thursday.

Another resident, Haan Asadi, said it seemed strange, especially given it was a one-way system in a 30km/h zone.

"It is a bit odd but I guess it is for safety as well," he said.

"I don't know what Christchurch is up to."

Comment has been sought from Christchurch City Council.

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