Consultation status: closed 1 December 2016
The proposed changes include:
- A splitter island on Wharf Road.
- Kerb build-outs.
- Pram crossings with tactile pavers.
- Upgraded road markings and signage.
- No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) near the crossing locations and bus stops.
Why the changes are required
We are aiming to improve safety for people crossing Wharf Road, especially children walking to and from Bayfield School.
The new No stopping at all times restrictions (NSAAT) on Jervois Road will allow enough space for bus operators to enter and exit the bus stop safely and also improve the efficiency of the bus service.
The No stopping at all times restrictions on Wharf Road will also help drivers see pedestrians using the new crossings. Pedestrians will also have a clearer view of approaching vehicles before stepping out onto the road.
Please note, we are only seeking feedback on the proposed changes as listed above. There is a wider proposal to improve walking and cycling facilities in this area as part of the Waitemata Safe Routes project. When the project is ready, we will ask for public feedback in a different consultation process.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Concern about the parking removal on Jervois Rd before the bus stop. The removal of parking is part of a standard bus stop layout which is being implemented throughout the bus network. The parking restrictions allow bus drivers to have enough space to manoeuvre in and out of the stop, whilst also taking into account the visibility of a vehicle on Wharf Road, looking right onto Jervois Road.
- Concern about the removal of parking on Wharf Rd. The extent of the parking removal is based on the crossing sight distance required for pedestrians. The safety at the pedestrian crossing is one of the main drivers for this scheme.
- Request for resident only parking scheme. We have ceased using residents only parking restrictions in 2007 as they reserve the public road reserve for the exclusive use of an individual which is not permitted. Alternatively, we are currently working on zones which cover a wider geographic area than individual roads. This fixes the issue of displacement into the surrounding streets. Such a parking zone would allow eligible residents to apply for a permit exempting them from the time restriction of the zone. To propose parking zones, we are considering the number of requests from the public against a prioritisation process which also takes into account parking displacement from new zones and synergies from existing work programmes across AT. At this stage, Herne Bay does not rank as a priority, however if this changes we will consult with the public in a different consultation process in the near future.
- There have been some concerns that the kerb extension on the eastern side would narrow the road too much potentially causing issues for vehicles. Results from the tracking study show that the kerb extension will not create issues for cars or any other larger vehicle.
- The kerb extension on the western side would narrow the road to one traffic lane which would hold up vehicles exiting Wharf Rd. We aren't expecting significant delays after making Wharf Road narrower. The change is necessary to improve visibility for drivers when exiting Wharf Road which in turn will improve pedestrians' safety.
- Suggestion that the kerb extension be covered with grass berm instead of concrete. We will consider this suggestion in the next stage of detailed design.
- Concern that the raised tactile pavers would cause tripping. Raised tactile pavers are a standard when pedestrian facilities are carried out. Through a raised distinctive surface, they help alert the visually impaired of the approaching crossing and grade changes.
- Request for additional works at different locations including Clifton Road/Jervois Road, Buller Street and Wharf Road. The scope of this proposal is to improve pedestrian facilities at Jervois Road and Wharf Road intersections, so other locations are outside the scope of this project. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, you can provide feedback or report a problem here.
We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.