Proposal status: updated 11 June 2019
Reference number: BYL-392
We're making changes in your area
We proposed installing No stopping at all times (broken yellow lines) parking restrictions on Middleton Road outside number 54 to 58 Middleton Road. This involves the removal of approximately 2 parking spaces.
Why the changes were needed
These changes were needed to improve road safety by removing the pinch point that occurs when two vehicles try to pass one another.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported improving road safety.
- Concerns were raised regarding the excessive speeds that vehicles are travelling down on this road, with some requesting speed calming measures such as speed bumps and a reduction in the speed limit.
When reviewing the site, our engineers found the current layout on Middleton Road, Remuera is clearly signed and marked out to ensure drivers understand how the road should operate. We are currently working to a plan to reduce speeds on Auckland’s roads. This plan targets the highest priority areas based on the level of safety risk measured for each road on our network. The initial roll out of speed reduction is focused on approximately 10 per cent of our road network, including residential areas.
To address traffic speeds in residential areas we have adopted an area-based focus for 2019 onwards. This recognises that traffic-calming changes on one street have a flow-on effect in the surrounding neighbourhood. This plan will support all drivers to travel at the appropriate speed and to the road conditions.
This programme focuses delivery to areas that have been prioritised for changes to reduce the incidence and impact of crashes. This is based on several factors, including the number of crashes, safety risk, traffic speed, land use and concerns raised by local residents and their elected representatives.
While we do appreciate your concerns, Middleton Road in Remuera has not been identified in the first group of areas within our Residential Speed Management programme as other areas in the region are experiencing higher speeds and safety risk. We have added your comments to our database to indicate support for safer speeds in your residential area. Read more information, including the residential areas that will be prioritised for further investigation. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
- Requests were made to extend the broken yellow lines to a variety of sections in the are beyond what is being proposed.
We would not look to increase the amount of parking restrictions due to the demand for on street parking and the potential to create or increase speeding issues along this section of Middleton Road. Removing parking can result in increased vehicle speeds because it has the effect of visually opening the roadway which gives drivers a greater sense of safety while travelling at faster speeds. Furthermore, proposed parking restrictions are not expected to shift any parking problems along the street because the current pinch point is only created by parking to close to the chicane at this end of Middleton Road.
- A request was made to review of the operation of Middleton Road between number 32 and 60, suggesting one possible option could be to remove the current Give Way island and replacing it with road chicanes. The suggestion to add two-way speed humps where there are currently one way/give way points was also made.
We will investigate the current layout of Middleton Road and determine if more substantial works are required. In the meantime, we will implement the current proposal until further investigations are completed.
This work will happen by November 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.