Auckland Transport

Morningside Drive - level crossing improvements

Consultation status: closed 25 October 2016

We asked for your feedback on a proposal to make some improvements near the Level crossing on Morningside Drive in Kingsland. 

We propose:

  • Installing a new No Stopping at All Times restriction on the western side of Morningside Drive.
  • Adding new markings at each end of the shortened P60 (One hour parking time limit) area on the western side of Morningside Drive.
  • Extend the No Stopping at All Times restriction on the eastern side of Morningside Drive.

A total of four car parks will be removed. 

Why changes are required

Vehicles currently park too close to the level rail crossing. This leads to two main concerns:

  • Drivers approaching the crossing from new North Road do not have a clear view of the flashing warning signs. They may not have enough stopping distance by the time they come into view.
  • Drivers exiting the crossing towards New North Road do not have enough space to manoeuvre in an emergency. 

The proposed broken yellow lines are required to provide adequate visibility to drivers approaching the crossing, and the emergency layby area so that vehicles can exit the crossing and pass safely. 

View the Morningside Drive level crossing plan (PDF 5MB)

Feedback

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

  • We have received some requests to extend the rail crossing barrier arms right across the road, covering both lanes, both sides. Extending the rail crossing barrier arm over the full road width is not a standard practice due to the risk of vehicles getting stuck between barriers. Drivers must have an unobstructed exit and the half arm barrier provides this.
  • Some have asked us if the cars parked here would prevent people trying to use the crossing. Allowing cars, vans and trucks to park close to the railway crossing is obstructing visibility of the flashing signs. The road is single lane so vehicles are expected to drive over the railway crossing, one at a time. 
  • There have been questions about the removal of the parking spaces on the western side. The no parking restrictions on the western side of the road ensure an escape path for north bound vehicles crossing while the barrier arms are down. Removing all parking spaces is not necessary and may encourage two lanes of traffic to queue from the signalised intersection to the level crossing which would then block the escape path.
  • We have also received requests for additional works including alternative signs and vehicles exiting 2A Morningside Drive. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please go here to provide feedback or report a problem.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.