Proposal status: Feedback closed 14 May 2021
Reference number: SSP2021-011
In May 2021, we proposed changes to improve safety near Bailey Road School on Commissariat Road in Mount Wellington. These changes were in response to a request from residents of Mount Wellington who expressed their safety concerns regarding speeds along Commissariat Road and the lack of safe crossing points. After reviewing all the feedback we received, we are proceeding with the following minor changes:
- Installing a new bus stop and seat outside 23 Commissariat Road.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in 2021/22 financial year. 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. The majority of respondents expressed support for this proposal. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
- Request for installation of a cycle lane to allow children to safely cycle to and from school and request for more features that support cyclist access and safety. Commissariat Road is not classified as an official cycle route and installation of cycling facilities is outside of the scope of this project. We have passed this comment to our planning team for future project consideration.
- Concern about cyclist safety at the narrowing of the road for the raised zebra crossing. Request for the proposed crossing and the existing crossing on Bailey School Road to be installed without narrowing of the road. As the crossing point is located on the approach to a bend, all pedestrians need to be seen by oncoming traffic, as such the entrance to the crossing was moved slightly. Narrowing the width of the road creates a positive impact on traffic as it reduces speeds and solves the issues associated with visibility towards the crossing point. The width of Commissariat Road safely accommodates vehicles travelling along the road, without causing pinch points.
- Request for a planted pedestrian island to be used in place of speed tables to create a 'one way' section of the road and to include a narrow bike/scooter pass-by lane on the outside of these islands. Planted pedestrian islands are not considered a good safety outcome as the plants can block drivers’ visibility of children using the crossing.
- Request for traffic lights and pedestrian crossings directly outside of Bailey Road School. The number of pedestrians crossing Bailey Road does not warrant the installation of traffic lights.
- Concern that proposed crossing location is dangerous for pedestrians as drivers will be distracted and will not be expecting a crossing. To improve pedestrian safety, we are developing a project to install speed tables on Bailey Road as an alternative to reduce speeds and mitigate concerns on the crest of Bailey Road. For further details please click here.
- Concern that the width of the road encourages high speeds and request for reduced speed limits in the area and for an additional speed bump to be installed near the Commissariat Road shops. The intention of the speed table is to reduce speeds on the approaches to the crossing and reduce crash likelihood associated with loss of control. Installing additional speed tables near the shops on Commissariat Road is considered outside of our project scope. However, this feedback has been passed for consideration to our team who is reviewing the Speed Management Programme – further details on the programme can be found here.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing safety improvements near Bailey Road School on Commissariat Road in Mount Wellington.
The changes we are proposing:
- Install a new raised zebra crossing outside 37 Bailey Road.
- Construct a new speed bump outside 32 Commissariat Road to slow speed of vehicles near the crossing.
- Install a new bus stop and bus shelter outside 21 Commissariat Road.
- Install new footpaths to join the edge of the crossing with the footpath, fitted with 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.
- Paint new broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) parking restrictions to the north-east of the proposed raised zebra crossing to increase visibility of the crossing when approaching the intersection. This involves the removal of four parking spaces.
- Paint new broken yellow lines at either end of the existing bus stop outside 43 Commissariat Road and the proposed bus stop outside 21 Commissariat Road, to improve visibility and allow for the bus to safely pull out of the bus stop and back on to the road.
- Install new road markings, streetlights and signs to support these changes.
These changes are proposed as Commissariat Road is a bus route and many students cross the road on their way to Bailey Road School. The proposed zebra crossing would provide a safe place for students to cross the road and encourage walking to school. The new bus stop aims to promote the use of public transport by residents. To increase safety for children when crossing the road to go to school, we have proposed a new speed bump to slow vehicles approaching the intersection. Overall, these changes would improve the safety for all road users, especially students attending Bailey Road Primary School.
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.
- This project is subject to funding and decisions by Auckland Transport and Auckland Council in the Regional Land Transport Plan. We are seeking feedback now so that we can be prepared once the funding for this project is given the go ahead.
- 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 and is part of the Safe Schools Programme.
Mt Wellington: 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 Commissariat 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).