Bailey Road, Mt Wellington - Pedestrian safety improvements Bailey Road, Mt Wellington - Pedestrian safety improvements
Proposal status: Feedback closed 19 May 2020, last updated 15 November 2021.
Reference number: CSFMT1.5
In September 2020 we advised you that COVID-19 had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau, and that funding had been constrained so we were not able to estimate a construction date. Funding has now been secured for this project and construction is now planned to begin in November 2021. Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.
In May 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve safety for children walking to and from Bailey Road School, Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board and Auckland Transport proposed to install two raised tables (speed bumps that are flat and wide) on either side of the school patrolled crossing at 18 Bailey Road.
At 14 and 22 Bailey Road we proposed to:
- Install two raised speed tables on either side of the school patrolled crossing to reduce vehicle speeds as they approach the crossing. There will be no changes to the current parking restriction near the crossing.
- Install School Zone, speed bump and 25km/h speed advisory signs at each speed table to warn drivers to slow down
- Extend the broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) zone at the bus stop outside 9 Bailey Road to allow buses to drive into the bus stop safely. 2 car parking spaces will be removed.
Download the proposal drawing for Bailey Road (PDF 1.8MB)
Community Safety Fund
This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board to deliver this project, as part of more than 80 safety improvement projects across the Auckland region. The Community Safety Fund is a $20 million programme focused on addressing local road safety concerns raised by the community to local boards and ward councillors.
Penrose: 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 Bailey 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).
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whanau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which will reduce AT’s capital and operating budgets. This could mean this project is delayed. We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. When the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.
We have made some minor changes to the design after listening to community feedback. Changes include moving one speed table from 22 to 20 Bailey Road and making it slightly shorter. This change is needed as a new driveway is approved to be built at 23 Bailey Road. The length of the speed table will be reduced so that it will fit between existing driveways. We will also introduce a parking restriction at the bus stop between 8-9am on weekdays. At all other times vehicle parking will be available.
Download the updated drawing for the proposal (PDF 1.9MB)
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Respondents were mainly supportive of the proposal, noting that drivers often speed along Bailey Road. They would like to see lower traffic speeds and agreed that the road needed to be made safer for children walking to Bailey Road School.
We would like to thank all respondents for taking the time to provide feedback on this proposal. We believe that installing speed tables on either side of the school patrolled crossing will help address the community’s speed concerns by slowing vehicles down as they approach the crossing. We want to make using the crossing safer for everyone.
- Many respondents suggested to make the school patrolled crossing a zebra crossing or raised zebra crossing.
We have explored this option. Unfortunately, as the road is on a slope and there are a number of driveways to consider, there is no safe location for a zebra crossing close to the school.
- Respondent requested only one speed table is installed at 22 Bailey Road. The road is steep uphill from Penrose Road towards the crossing and cars do not speed. Cars speed on Bailey Road coming from Commissariat Road so the speed table is needed before the crossing at 22 Bailey Road.
The focus of this proposal is to enhance the safety of the existing school patrolled crossing on Bailey Road. Driver speeds on the approach to both sides of the crossing need to be reduced so that the crossing is safe for pedestrians to use. It is important to slow vehicles approaching in the uphill direction as the crossing is located at the crest of the hill. These vehicles are not easily visible to pedestrians, especially young children. If a child were to step out with a vehicle approaching at a slower speed, due to the speed table, the vehicle will be able to stop in time to avoid the collision.
- Respondent requested that only one raised table is installed outside 19 Bailey Road at the school patrolled crossing to reduce traffic noise.
The focus of this proposal is to enhance the safety of the existing school patrolled crossing on Bailey Road. Driver speeds on the approach to both sides of the crossing need to be reduced so that the crossing is safe for pedestrians to use.
- Respondent suggested that speed tables are not necessary as congestion at school pick-up and drop-off means drivers cannot speed.
We are unable to rely on congestion to create a safe environment for children to cross the road. The proposed speed tables will help reduce driver speeds on Bailey Road and enhance overall safety for pedestrians using the crossing at all times of day.
- Respondent suggested to add more speed bumps on this stretch of road to slow down driver speeds of up to 80kmh or make the road a 30km/h zone.
The focus of this proposal is to enhance the safety of the existing school patrolled crossing on Bailey Road. Auckland Transport has a plan to reduce unsafe speeds on Auckland’s roads. It targets areas prioritised by the level of safety risk and aims to reduce the incidence and impact of crashes. The initial roll out of speed reduction focuses on approximately 10 per cent of our road network, including residential areas. The plan will support drivers to travel at the appropriate speed and to the road conditions. Prioritisation and delivery are based on several factors, including the number of crashes, safety risk, traffic speed, land use and concerns raised by local residents and their elected representatives.
While we do appreciate your concerns, Bailey Road has not been identified in the first group of areas within our Residential Speed Management programme as other areas in the region experience higher speeds and safety risk. Read more information, including the residential areas that will be prioritised for further investigation on the Residential Speed Management Programme page on our website.
- Respondent concerned at driver speeds on Bailey Road as children walk to school along the road and requested police to monitor speed of drivers and target for enforcement.
We appreciate the concerns you raise about this type of driving behaviour. If speeds are not reduced following the installation of the speed tables on Bailey Road, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on (09) 355 3553 to report the behaviour and we can request targeted enforcement in the area.
- Multiple respondents requested to remove the bus stop at 9 Bailey Road as it does not seem to be used and parking restrictions would not be needed plus a question asking how many buses per day use it.
We can confirm that this bus stop is still used for a local school bus. However, we will change the bus stop road markings and introduce a new parking restriction at this location. In response to your feedback, we propose that the bus stop will have a parking restriction active between 8-9am on Mon-Fri. At all other times vehicle parking will be available.
- Respondent concerned about drivers parking illegally on broken yellow lines and reducing visibility of the crossing at school pick-up and drop-off times.
We appreciate the concerns you raise about this type of parking behaviour. The most effective way to address illegal parking is by reporting the problem when it is happening. Please contact our Parking Compliance Team on (09) 355 3553 if you see an illegal parking issue. We will dispatch a parking warden to the location as we can only take action against an illegally parked vehicle if one of our wardens witnesses the offence. When requesting enforcement, specific information such as the registration number of the vehicle and details of the parking offence will assist our officers.
- Respondent concerned about loss of on-street parking for visitors and that it will cause more congestion at school pick-up and drop-off times when cars already park illegally over driveways.
We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal to 2 spaces at the bus stop, between 8am to 9am weekdays. This is to ensure buses can access the bus stop safely. As there are already broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) painted near the school patrolled crossing no other parking will be removed as part of this project.
- Respondents were concerned at the number of heavy commercial vehicles using Bailey Road, the additional noise they would cause going over speed humps and that they use the road as a by-pass route to avoid main roads. It was suggested that heavy vehicles are restricted from using Bailey Road.
Bailey Road is classified as a local road where we expect that between 3-5% of traffic is heavy vehicles. A 2015 traffic count showed the heavy vehicle volume was 4.76%. This is within the expected range. It is important to note that Auckland Transport is not able to discriminate against any type of vehicle from using any road in Auckland. As heavy traffic on Bailey Road is within the expected range, we are unable to justify changes at this time.
We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. When funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.