Proposal status: Feedback closed 19 May 2020, last updated 10 July 2020.
Reference number: CSFM1.2
In May 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve crossing facilities for people walking to Waterview Primary School and Waterview Reserve Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Transport proposed to upgrade the pedestrian crossing at Herdman Street, Waterview.
We proposed to:
- Upgrade the pedestrian crossing to a zebra crossing on a raised platform level with the footpath with new kerbs, footpaths, orange beacons, road markings and advisory signs. The aim is to improve safety by making the crossing easier to see and slow traffic speeds near the crossing.
- Install a chicane fence on the path to the reserve to encourage people on bicycles to dismount and walk over the crossing
- Install new broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on either side of the crossing to improve visibility for everyone using it, removing a total of 5 parking spaces.
Community Safety Fund
This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Albert-Eden 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.
Waterview: 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 Herdman Street 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).
Community feedback supported the proposal, however as a result of suggestions and requests, we have made a minor change to the design. Chicanes will not be installed at the entrance to Waterview Reserve and the existing bollards will remain in place.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. 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 once we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
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.
- Multiple concerns about the chicane fence being tight and the need for space for prams, large bikes and mobility scooters to fit through.
After further investigation, we have decided not to proceed with the chicane fencing and will keep the existing bollards.
- Concern that the crossing is as safe as possible and level with the footpath as it is between a school and a park.
The crossing location is considered safe for pedestrian movement in this area. The footpath will be reconstructed, and height matched or gently lowered to the height of the speed table. An independent safety audit will also be carried out on this design at a later stage.
- Concern about reduced car parking spaces for people who drive to the park.
Parking removal is needed to ensure drivers have clear visibility of pedestrians crossing the road at this location. There is on-street parking further along Herdman Street and on side streets nearby.
- Multiple concerns about congestion and reduced visibility on the street at school pick-up and drop-off times.
During busy times congestion can contribute to a slower speed environment which helps children to cross the road safely. The removal of on-street parking aims to ensure drivers have clear visibility of pedestrians using the crossing.
- Suggestion to only allow parking on one side of the street at school pick-up/drop-off times and request for information about the long-term approach to managing congestion on the street at these busy times.
Auckland Transport support and encourage active transport and use of public transport for the journey to and from school. This is to support both road safety outcomes outside the school gate and reduce congestion on the roads. We have dedicated resources to promote parking and walking from identified locations close to schools, but not immediately in front of the school gate. Parking time restrictions are used to encourage turnover in areas that experience high parking demand. We are currently undertaking a trial looking at a number of suitable options to provide safety outside schools for all road users, in particular students and their families. We thank you for your patience during the trial period.
- Multiple concerns about the amount of traffic and driver speed on Herdman Street.
The proposed raised crossing with traffic calming features will help slow driver speeds on Herdman Street. Congestion creates a slow speed environment which can be beneficial on a street with many pedestrians.
- Request for an updated timeframe for the installation of a similar crossing on nearby Alford Street near Kuaka Park.
The pedestrian crossing on Alford Street was due to be installed by July 2020 however COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. 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 people who gave feedback on this project once we know more about how it will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
We will be in touch with you once we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. Once funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.