Consultation status: closed 17 October 2017
Proposal reference: RTV-086
We are proposing to upgrade pedestrian crossing facilities at the Kingsway Queensway intersection to improve pedestrian safety.
Currently, school children cross the road here without proper facilities and the proposed changes will provide a safer crossing environment for all pedestrians and also provide the required visibility for the crossing.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed 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
- Install white pedestrian crossing lines painted on the road and correct crossing poles and signage. A zebra crossing would not be suited for this road due to the location and demand. The proposed crossing meets Auckland Transport’s safety and operational standards for pedestrians.
- Implement some form of raised structure on the Kingsway road on either side of the crossing to physically slow traffic down. In order to assess requests of this type in a consistent manner, we investigate all requests against a set of policy guidelines for Local Area Traffic Management (LATM). This makes it possible for us to determine the roads with the most significant safety problems and that should receive a higher priority, given that there are limited funds for these types of projects. Information gathered from counts is used along with the existing road conditions to enter roads into the LATM Programme where they are scored and compared to other roads in central Auckland. Kingsway currently has a low ranging score and so we are unable to make these changes at this time.
- Extend the broken yellow lines on the corner of Kingsway/St Andrews Road. Parking is a valuable resource to residents and visitors in the area and we do not want to remove any more than what is necessary. Removing too much parking can result in increased vehicle speeds which presents safety concerns. The proposed amount of broken yellow lines fulfil the visibility requirement for the pedestrian crossing. Any other concerns regarding the Kingsway/St Andrews Rd intersection will have to be investigated separately. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, provide feedback or report a problem.
- Extend the broken yellow lines on the south side of Kingsway towards St Andrews Road. Parking is a valuable resource to residents and visitors in the area and we do not want to remove any more than is necessary. Removing too much parking can result in increased vehicle speeds which presents safety concerns. The proposed amount of broken yellow lines fulfills the visibility requirement for the pedestrian crossing.
- Add broken yellow lines on Queensway, as during school pickup/drop off, the road becomes congested and dangerous. Parking is a valuable resource to residents and visitors in the area and we do not want to remove any more than is necessary. Removing too much parking can result in increased vehicle speeds which presents safety concerns.
- While visibility is an issue and no stopping restrictions are required, a lot of cars parking here are commuters. Resident parking permits or a parking solution would mean more available parking for residents. Residents only parking is out of scope for this proposal. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, provide feedback or report a problem.
- Suggestion that widening the footpath is not necessary. The footpath is being adjusted to provide the required width behind the pram crossing which will allow wheelchair and pram users to safely use the footpath.
- The proposed crossing facilities should be moved to the Kingsway/St Andrews Road corner due to a higher volume of cars, and people crossing. Investigation has shown that the majority of the pedestrians are crossing at the location we have proposed the crossing to be at. Moving the crossing away from the proposed location will mean that it will not be in the pedestrian desire line and so it would not address the problem.
- The proposed broken yellow lines will restrict residential parking. The proposed broken yellow lines are the required to achieve the minimum visibility requirement for the pedestrian crossing. We understand that parking is a valuable resource to everyone but we need to achieve a balance between parking, operation and safety.
We expect to introduce this work in the 2017/2018 financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.