Proposal status: updated 21 November 2018
Reference number: RTV-177
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to relocate the kerbside P180 mobility space from the eastern side of Averill Avenue to an angled parking space on the western side of the road.
This would also involve replacement of the existing kerbside mobility space on the eastern side of the road with a P120 general parking space, and installation of broken yellow lines around existing bus stops, including parking removal, and minor shortening of Bus Stop 7996 on the western side of the road.
Why the changes are needed
The proposed changes would provide a safer and more practical option for people with restricted mobility, improving access to local businesses and to the waterfront. Installation of broken yellow lines on either side of existing bus stops would make sure that buses are able to safely manoeuvre in and out.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback.
A summary of feedback received and answers to community questions and concerns:
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported the improvements in access to local businesses and to the beach for people with restricted mobility.
- Concerns that vehicles parking in the proposed P5 space currently limit and/or obstruct driveway access for the shops at 5 to 9 Averill Avenue, and vehicles parking directly to the right of the side vehicle access for 245 Tamaki Drive obstruct visibility for drivers exiting. Parking within one metre of a driveway access is prohibited and is therefore enforceable. Should you observe this in the future, please contact Auckland Transport Parking Enforcement on 09 355 3553, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Concern that broken yellow lines are frequently ignored, and request to install a 'no parking' sign to the north of the side driveway of 245 Tamaki Drive. Stopping on broken yellow lines is prohibited according to the NZ Road Code and is therefore enforceable. Should you observe this in the future, please contact Auckland Transport Parking Enforcement on 09 355 3553, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Request to omit the broken yellow lines proposed around the bus stop on the western side of Averill Avenue, and a request to only install broken yellow lines on one side of both bus stops in order to retain more on-street parking. Removal of parking spaces is required to upgrade these bus stops to existing standards. This upgrade will improve accessibility for drivers entering and existing the bus stops.
Standard bus stops:
- are 15 metres in length,
- with broken yellow lines extended 15 metres behind the bus stop for 'bus lead-in'
- and 9 metres in front of the bus stop for 'bus lead-out'.
The lead-in allows buses to approach the stop safely and efficiently, to be able to stop close and parallel to the kerb to ensure that all customers can board and alight safely and in comfort. Making sure that both doors of the bus are close to the kerb avoids the risk that some customers would have to step down into the road between the bus and the kerb. It also helps to ensure that the tail of the bus isn't left angled out into traffic.
The lead-out ensures that the bus can depart safely and efficiently, being able to drive around the nearest parked vehicle or fixed point without the nose crossing the centreline into the opposing traffic lane; and ensuring that the tail of the bus doesn't cross the kerb into pedestrian space, as it can if the driver has to turn sharply away from the kerbside as the bus leaves the stop.
- Request to omit the broken yellow lines proposed directly south of the bus stop on the eastern side of the road and those near the pump house. The installation of broken yellow lines near the pump house will further reinforce that there is no parking allowed at this location (currently, there is 'no parking' painted on the vehicle crossing).
Further along the road, broken yellow lines will further reiterate that parking directly around an intersection is prohibited according to the NZ Road Code.
- Enquiry as to whether the angled space will be widened to accommodate the mobility parking space and concern that the mobility space will take up more than one general angled parking space. Parking bays are wide enough to install a standard-sized mobility space and ramp to footpath without losing any additional angled parking spaces at this location.
- Request to instead move the mobility space to where the P5 space is being proposed. Mobility spaces are typically safer in angled parks and are therefore not recommended in parallel spaces.
This work will happen on or before June 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents prior to construction starting.