A new traffic signal is being installed outside the Nelson Fire Station on St Vincent Street.
The traffic signal will flash red to stop traffic in the southbound direction only (heading towards Victory Square), when activated by the Fire Service. This is to reduce the risk of a crash when emergency vehicles exit the station.
The signal will only hold the traffic for around 45 seconds to give emergency vehicles time to exit safely.
Northbound traffic (heading into the CBD) will not be stopped by the traffic signals. However, they must show courtesy and let emergency vehicles into the northbound traffic stream when required, as usual.
In compliance with the road code, red flashing signals outside a fire station or airport mean you must stop and remain stopped until the lights stop flashing.
Drivers are asked to be aware of the new signal and be patient with drivers as this will be new to Nelson so some adjustment will be required.
The New Zealand Fire Service (NZFS) Assistant Area Commander Des Irving says the intersection of St Vincent/Gloucester Streets and Washington Road has a high volume of cyclists and vehicles. Adding to this traffic volume, the NZFS and St Johns emergency vehicles exit the station to attend emergencies under lights and siren seven days a week/24 hours a day.
“The new flashing lights will greatly aid in making it safer for our appliances leaving the station to respond to emergency situations,” says Des.