Proposal status: Last updated 23 March 2021
Reference number: RSU1920-154
In June 2020, we proposed to relocate the existing bus stop at 128 Parnell Road to outside 116 Parnell Road in Parnell. This proposal was in response to difficulties for buses pulling out from this bus stop due to the proximity to the raised zebra crossing. The proposed relocation also improves road crossing safety for pedestrians and cyclists on Parnell Road. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed by the end of June 2021. We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
Impact on business
- Concern that the relocation of the bus stop and people waiting for the bus will impact businesses.
Buses are generally only stationary for a short period of time at this bus stop. Based on the bus schedule, the average waiting time for passengers is about 6 minutes. We not aware of any issues with the current operation of the existing bus stop.
We are not removing any parking, the same number of the parking spaces will be available for customers to use. The parking spaces will be relocated approximately 25 metres south. This relocation should have minimal impact to the businesses nearby.
Bus stop location
- Requests that the bus stop be moved past Windsor Street, by 144 Parnell Road, as it is still close to the crossing but has better visibility between cars and pedestrians. Suggestion that this location is less busy and will free up car parking for the dairy and cafes.
The proposed bus stop location is optimal because it:
- minimises the impact of the distribution of parking as it only moves the existing parking a short distance away.
- allows the bus to park parallel and close to the kerb.
- allows departing buses to straighten out before driving onto the table.
- Suggestion that the bus stop be moved away from the crossing by one car park space and create bicycle parking in the resulting space.
There is bicycle parking available at the corner of the Parnell Road and Windsor Street intersection.
- Requests that the bus stop stay in the current location for reasons including, the lighting is better at the current bus stop location, closer for people with mobility impairments to use the crossing, and a waste of time and money.
There is an existing streetlight next to the proposed bus stop location. The ability for buses to stop, aligned to the kerb, will make it easier for people, including the mobility impaired, to board or alight from the bus. In addition, the proposed bus stop will only be relocated approximately 25 metres north. This is a low-cost project and will improve the safety of people using both the buses and the crossing.
- Concerns that the Parnell Road and Garfield Street intersection is already extremely busy with cars turning, and that buses may block the entrance to Garfield Street when traffic is heavy.
Based on the bus schedule, only one bus is due to arrive at the bus stop at any one time. There may be an unforeseen situation that two buses arrive the bus stop at same time, however this only happens occasionally and is unpredictable.
- Concerns that both buses and vehicles entering and exiting at this location will create a hazardous situation and that many accidents have already occurred in the area.
Thank you for raising your concerns with us. We expect the traffic operation in the area to continue as it currently does. The raised table helps with lowering the speeds of vehicles on this section of Parnell Road.
According to New Zealand Transport Agency's (NZTA) Crash Analysis System, there has been 11 reported crashes on Parnell Road between Garfield Street and Windsor street in last five years (to end of 2019). The 11 crashes consisted of three serious injury crashes, three minor-injury crashes and five non-injury crashes. However, none of these crashes was related to the bus stop and associated parking. In addition, Parnell Road and Garfield Street intersection is not classified as a high-risk intersection.
- Concerns that people will still park on the bus stop to go into the dairy and prevent the buses from pulling in.
It is an offence for vehicles to park at bus stops. We are still providing the same amount of parking however it will be moved a short distance away, approximately 25 metres south.
- Suggestion that small changes like this should be done in conjunction with bigger changes for safer cycling routes in on Parnell Road. Requests that a dedicated separate cycleway should be a priority. Suggestion to remove parking, remove the painted median or make Parnell Road one lane only.
This is a minor change to the existing parking layout and addresses the interaction between the bus stop and pedestrian crossing. Whilst AT seek to combine projects to minimise disruption to the public and get value for money, this is not always possible. This is a low-cost project and it would be unreasonable to leave this project until a future project is designed for this area.
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to relocate the existing bus stop from outside 128 Parnell Road to outside 116 Parnell Road in Parnell. Our proposal is in response to difficulties for buses pulling out from this bus stop due to the proximity to the raised zebra crossing. The new location aims to improve this as the bus stop will be further away from the crossing. This is also expected to improve the safety of people using the crossing as it will make it easier for drivers and pedestrians to see each other. The proposal also includes moving the current P10 (10 minute parking restriction) spaces outside 112 to 122 Parnell Road to the location of the existing bus stop.
Parnell: 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 Parnell 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).