Proposal status: Feedback closed 23 June 2020, last updated 12 November 2021
Reference number: CSFM1.4
Changes to the construction timeframe
In June 2020 we advised you that COVID-19 had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau, and that due to funding constraints, 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 December 2021. Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to beginning construction work.
In June 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve safety and provide a safer walking route for school children, Albert-Eden Local Board and AT proposed installing a new crossing with traffic lights at 560 Manukau Road, Epsom.
We proposed to:
- install a new push button pedestrian crossing with lights to make it safer for people to cross the road
- extend the existing broken yellow lines in order to improve visibility for drivers
- install a new kerb ramp so that people can easily move between the footpath and the road
- install new road markings including a new transit lane marking to make it clearer for all drivers with 3 or more passengers
- reposition the bus shelter to improve links between both stops.
Focus on road safety - Community Safety Fund
This proposal is supported by the Community Safety Fund which is a $20 million programme focused on tackling road safety concerns raised by the community. Auckland Transport is partnering with the Albert-Eden Local Board and Ward Councillors to deliver this project, which is part of more than 80 locally funded safety improvement projects across Auckland.
This project is supported by the Regional Fuel Tax Fund.
Epsom: 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 Manukau 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 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. Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being implemented.
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.
- Concerns that the relocation of the bus shelter will impact rubbish collection vehicles. The relocation of the bus shelter will have no impact on kerb side rubbish collection. There is sufficient room outside the frontage of 533 either side of the driveway to accommodate bins on the footpath. If rubbish is collected within the 533 complex, rubbish vehicles will still be able to move in and out of the driveway safely.
- Concerns that the relocation of the bus shelter will cause safety issues for those entering and exiting the Epsom Mews Complex due to visibility issues. The proposed location of the bus shelter will not impede visibility on the vehicle crossing of Mews Complex. The shelter will be setback far enough to maintain existing sight lines. We will also be installing a new slim line shelter rather than a standard shelter which has a narrow/slim profile (0.8 metres wide shelter).
- Request for the bus shelter to be repositioned in front of the petrol station. It is important to maintain a close proximity between the bus stop and the proposed crossing facility to ensure that the facility is convenient for public transport users.
- Concerns over who will repaint or maintain the fences once the bus shelter has been relocated. We will install a new slim line shelter rather than a standard shelter. This would give us about 1.8 metres of clear footpath once we have 0.8m wide shelter and 0.6 metres clearance to rear of shelter. This will allow the residents to repaint and maintain their fence.
- Request for the crossing to be implemented closer to the bus stop, particularly for those alighting from buses. Please note according to current standards and guidelines, a bus stop must not be closer than 6m to a pedestrian crossing facility. Therefore, we had to relocate the bus stop further north to outside #533 to ensure it is at least 6 metres away from the crossing.
- Request for the crossing to be implemented at the same time as the dedicated separate cycleway. Auckland Transport are currently undertaking a number of projects on arterial roads such as Manukau Road which will look at ways to improve movement for public transport as well as increasing safety for active modes of travel such as cycling and walking.
It is anticipated that consultation with Local Boards, residents, and businesses will form part of the design process. This will enable these projects to deliver an improved road safety environment which meets the needs of local residents and visitors. As these projects are currently at the early stages, we have no detailed timescales on when consultation will be available, nor when any changes will occur. If possible, we will try and coordinate these projects.
- Concerns that the installation will increase congestion on an already busy route. We acknowledge that this will result in further congestions during peak hours however, this type of crossing facility is considered the safest that can be installed on busy multi-lane roads.
- Concerns over already limited residential parking being removed. Unfortunately parking removal is deemed necessary to ensure sight lines are maintained for drivers approaching the crossing facility.
- Request for the footpath to be reconstructed as the existing one is in bad condition. A small section of the footpath will be reconstructed around the vicinity of the crossing facility. The extent of footpath reconstruction cannot be increased due to budget constraints.
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.