Proposal status: Feedback closed 3 June 2021
Reference number: RSU2021-012
We advised you in May 2021 that these works were scheduled to be constructed in the 2021 - 2022 financial year, before June 2022.
This project now has a construction target of March 2022.
In May 2021, we proposed changes to enhance pedestrian safety in Parnell by upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing near 72 Gladstone Road, Parnell. These changes were proposed as this area has a history of road accidents involving pedestrians. After reviewing community feed-back we met with representatives of the Waitemata Local Board and the Parnell Business Association to address concerns raised in the feedback. As a result of these site meetings we are proceeding with the following minor changes. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
- The updated design will replace the proposed broken yellow lines on Gladstone Road, adjacent to Avon Lane with 10-metre-long P5 loading zone to compensate the loss of parking.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed by the end of June 2022. We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
- Concern that cars reversing out of angled car parks may force cyclists onto the road which may pose a hazard. There are no reported incidents of cars reversing out of the current angled parking bays and colliding with cyclists. The new speed table will help lower speeds along this stretch of road and we feel that the chance of an accident occurring is lowered further. On that basis, it is our belief that the current layout with angled parking is operating safely and no further changes are needed.
- Concern that island in middle of the crossing prevents cyclists from riding into the centre of the road as an evasive action. The proposed raised table zebra crossing with central refuge island will reinforce to motorists and cyclists to slow down when passing through this shopping precinct. As there is no cycle lane along Gladstone Road, cyclists will be required to share the traffic lane with motorists while negotiating the proposed speed table.
- Concern that moving the raised crossing nearer to Avon Lane and Avon Street will create traffic congestion issues. The proposed raised zebra crossing will reduce traffic speeds in the vicinity of Avon Lane and Avon Street. The safety benefits of this proposal outweigh the minor delays turning vehicles from Avon Lane and Avon Street may experience during peak times. Stopping or waiting for a pedestrian to cross is not considered a major disruption to traffic flows and does not necessarily increase travel times.
- Concern that the proposed pedestrian crossing will obstruct drivers reversing out of angled parking spaces and cause traffic congestion issues. These proposed changes aim to reduce the traffic speeds to a survivable speed where pedestrians are crossing the road. Stopping or waiting for a pedestrian to cross is not considered a major disruption to traffic flows and does not necessarily increase travel times.
- Request for flashing lights to signal the location of the pedestrian crossing to oncoming motorists. A signalised crossing is used on major routes where there are a multiple number of lanes in either direction, and also where putting in a zebra crossing is unsafe for pedestrians. Furthermore, signalised crossings can add delays to the network and do not offer the same speed calming measures. Therefore, it was decided to go with a raised zebra crossing treatment.
- Concern that raising the crossing is unnecessary as current pedestrian crossing is sufficient. This crossing is proposed to be raised as it has been found that the current layout is unsafe and has a history of road accidents involving pedestrians. The zebra crossing on Gladstone Road has been prioritised as a result of one minor injury and one serious injury crash to pedestrians in the last five years. Raising the crossing creates increased awareness for drivers of crossing pedestrians and reduces driving speeds. Research shows that a raised pedestrian crossing has the effectiveness of reducing the traffic and pedestrian incidents by 45%.
Proposal Location Concerns:
- Request to upgrade the Pedestrian crossing but leave it at its current location. We investigated leaving the Swedish table in the existing location, however this option was not preferred due to the close proximity of the existing bus stop on the western side and the driveway access at 72, Gladstone Road. As such, we need to move the crossing point closer to the Avon Lane intersection. The raised table and centre refuge will reinforce to drivers and cyclists using the road that they need to slow down when passing through this shopping precinct.
- Concern that loss of on street car parks will cause parking issues for customers which negatively impact local businesses. We understand removing parking is inconvenient, so have minimised the removal in this proposal. As a result of the meeting with members of the Parnell Business Association, a decision has been made to replace the proposed broken yellow lines on Gladstone Road, adjacent to Avon Lane, with a 10-metre-long P5 loading zone to compensate the loss of parking and to enable higher turnover of parking spaces.
- Concern that installed street lights (Blue light) may cause light pollution for nearby residents. Prior to any installation, lighting will be reviewed as part of this proposal to ensure it meets relevant standards
- Request to move the inbound bus stop on the Western side of Gladstone Road on northern side of Stanwell St, and replace it with two '5 min' short-term parks. We have reviewed and ensured the location of the bus stops and access to the local shopping precinct is maintained whilst minimising the loss of parking. The location identified was considered ideal to provide the necessary level of service to bus users.
- Suggestion the bus stop be moved to the corner of Judges Bay Rd to reduce the need for two bus stops near DMR/Rose Gardens. Auckland Transport reviewed the location of the bus stops to ensure the amenity to the local shopping precinct is maintained whilst minimising the loss of parking. The location identified was considered ideal to provide the necessary level of service to bus users.
- Query about history of incidents: Request to supply supporting evidence of the history of accidents involving pedestrians. The zebra crossing on Gladstone Road has been prioritised as a result of one minor injury and one serious injury crash to pedestrians in the last five years. Raising the crossing reduces driving speeds and creates increased awareness of people crossing the road. Please follow this link to find documentation of traffic incidents at this location.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are asking for your views on a proposal to enhance pedestrian safety in Parnell by upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing near 72 Gladstone Road.
The changes we are proposing:
- Relocate the existing crossing currently between 69 and 76 Gladstone Road to between 57 and 72 Gladstone Road.
- Install a speed table, which is a flat, wide speed bump, and paint a zebra crossing on top.
- Install a pedestrian refuge island and widen the footpath on either side of Gladstone Road to give people a safe place to wait while crossing the road.
- Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road, on the footpaths and pedestrian island.
- Paint new road markings and install streetlights, signs, and orange reflective disks to support the new crossing.
- Move the bus stop at 77 Gladstone Road 4 meters north along the road to ensure stopped buses do not block driveways.
- Paint broken yellow lines on the east side of Gladstone Road from the proposed crossing to the Gladstone-Avon Street corner. This will result in the loss of 4 parking spaces.
- Create two new P120 car parks north of the crossing on the east side of Gladstone Road.
This area has a history of crashes involving pedestrians, and this proposal aims to enhance safety for people walking in Parnell. The proposed upgraded crossing would help drivers see people at the crossing, give pedestrians a clear view of any oncoming cars, and provide a safe place to wait for clear road at the middle of the crossing.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
- This proposal is supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Parnell: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Gladstone Road are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).