Letter to the Editor - Wednesday, October 16: Head first

I WRITE in support of nose-in parking. Having lived 34 years overseas where nose-in was the law, I found it so easy to park and also reverse out.

If traffic was heavy, other drivers could see you slowly backing out and would wait until you did, just as they do in the underground parking in Shoppingworld.

In all the time I lived abroad, I never saw an accident caused by this method.

Introducing this in Prince St would be ideal as, thanks to some forward thinking by council a few years back, it is now one lane only each side and allows lots of room for cars to reverse without even interrupting the flow.

Nose-in parking is so easy it can be managed perfectly by learner drivers and us oldies who don't have to strain our painful necks, whereas the rear to kerb is much more difficult and near-impossible when trying to park between vehicles at all sorts of angles on either side.

Of course it will cost money to change the blisters but I reckon it would be money well spent.

While on the subject of Grafton transport, I would like to make a plea (yet again) to consider widening the Grafton Bridge by one lane either side (top and bottom) instead of building another bridge somewhere else.

Whatever is done will cost a lot of money and even if a brand new bridge is built, the present icon will soon need expensive repairs, so why not combine the problems?

Are there really some practical reasons against this or is council, as was the case in the past, being too conservative in its thinking, I hope not.

Conservative often means unadventurous and lacking in imagination - the last things needed at this time.

Jackie Carstairs,
South Grafton

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