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Onehunga Safer Communities programme Onehunga Safer Communities programme

Consultation status: closed 16 March 2017

We are seeking feedback from the Onehunga community on multiple projects as part of our Safer Communities programme.

In Onehunga, we are seeking feedback on potential improvements across four locations:

Feedback results

The proposals received positive feedback overall, 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. 

Read more about specific feedback for each site:

Next steps

We expect to begin this work during the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to residents prior to construction. 

Site 1 - Gerrard Beeson Place

There is a high number of pedestrians walking along Gerrard Beeson Place between the car park and Arthur Street. 

To make walking safer for all pedestrians (including students of the nearby school) we propose to:

  • Install a footpath and retaining wall outside 123 - 127 Arthur Street.
  • Install pram crossings.
  • Upgrade road markings and signs.
  • Widen the footpath to 1.8 meters.

Download the consultation plans:

Specific feedback

Extend the footpath on Waiapu Lane further

Due to funding constraints, we are unable to extend this footpath further at this stage.

Concerns about damage to a footpath and drains caused by a tree on Arthur Street

We have raised a request for our maintenance team to investigate the issues caused by a pohutukawa tree on Arthur Street.

Site 2 - Selwyn Street - Arthur Street intersection

Vehicles on Selwyn Street often travel at high speed as they approach the pedestrian crossing at the Arthur Street intersection. 

To reduce vehicle speed and improve the pedestrian crossing points on both Selwyn Street and Arthur Street we propose to:

  • Install a new pedestrian refuge island and pram crossings on Selwyn Street.
  • Add a new kerb extension and grassed berm on the eastern side of Selwyn Street.
  • Upgrading the existing crossings and installing new a footpath and kerb at the intersection.
  • Install a new "SLOW" road marking with a red surface.
  • Upgrade the flush median and no stopping at all times road marking (broken yellow lines).
  • Reconstruct the kerb and footpath on Arthur Street.
  • Install new pram crossings on Arthur Street.
  • Install edge lines at the corner to enhance visibility.

Download the consultation plans:

Specific feedback

Questions about options considered to address speeding issues

The pedestrian refuge island will help slow traffic on Selwyn Street as the road narrows, especially with the new SLOW road marking. 

We did look into the feasibility of a roundabout or cycle lane, but found these options unsuitable due to the lack of available space and budget constraints. 

We will monitor and evaluate our improvements and will make adjustments as required. 

Question about whether there is a better location for a pedestrian refuge island

The proposed location adds a crossing point closer to the intersection. We will work with Onehunga Primary School to courage students to cross at the existing zebra crossing at the top of Selwyn Street, as this crossing is monitored before and after school.

Site 3 - Church Street

Vehicles often queue across the pedestrian crossing outside St Joseph's School on Church Street, especially during peak school times. 

To upgrade this crossing and improve visibility for both pedestrians and drivers we propose to:

  • Upgrade and widen the existing zebra crossing.
  • Install a new flush median and yellow "KEEP CLEAR" road markings.
  • Relocate and rebuild the existing pram crossing.
  • Install new no stopping at all times restrictions - this will remove one car parking space.
  • Trim nearby trees to improve visibility around the crossing. 

Download the consultation plans:

Specific feedback

Question about whether a raised table was considered

We did consider installing a raised zebra crossing, but found that it was not feasible due to the location of existing driveways and a Titoki tree. 

We will monitor and evaluate our improvements and will make adjustments as required. 

Site 4 - Beachcroft Avenue - Arthur Street intersection

The pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Beachcroft Avenue and Arthur Street is a busy one, especially during school peak times with many pedestrians (including school students) using it to cross the road.

The angle of Beachcroft Avenue makes it difficult for drivers to see the crossing as they approach it which makes crossing less safe. 

In order to slow drivers down and warn them of the upcoming intersection, as well as increase safety for drivers and pedestrians, we propose to:

  • Add new "SLOW" road markings on a red surface.
  • Replace the existing signage with new "PEDESTRIAN" warning signs (that include flashing lights).

Download the consultation plans:

Specific feedback

Question about  whether a pedestrian crossing was considered at this location

Our investigations - including pedestrian counts - indicate that a zebra crossing would not be suited to Beachcroft Avenue. We will pass all concerns about safety to our Community Transport Coordinator and Police, to reinforce safety before and after school around Onehunga High School.

Request for speed humps to address speeding

We did consider speed humps and decided that they are unnecessary on Beachcroft Avenue. We believe that our proposed improvements will slow traffic approaching the pedestrian refuge island. We will look into the option for an additional SLOW road marking at the top of Beachcroft Avenue, near the Queenstown Road roundabout. 

We will monitor and evaluate our improvements and will make adjustments as required. 

Afternoon sunstrike can make it difficult to see pedestrians crossing the street

Sunstrike can be a driver safety issue for any road and extra care is necessary during these times. The proposed improvements should slow traffic down as vehicles approach the pedestrian refuge island and signs will make drivers aware that they are approaching a pedestrian crossing area.

If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.

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