Consultation status: closed 9 February 2018
Proposal reference: RTV-125
We are proposing to implement a new pedestrian crossing between numbers 41 and 42 Parrish Road in Sandringham.
Why the changes are needed
There are currently a lack of pedestrian crossing facilities on Parrish Road and this will assist pedestrians, especially school children, with crossing the road safely.
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.
- The proposed location of the crossing. A pedestrian crossing facility on St Albans Avenue was initially considered. Upon investigation, there were a higher number of pedestrians crossing on Parrish Road compared to St Albans Avenue. Parrish Road also caters for three Walking School Buses in the morning peak. The ideal location for a pedestrian crossing facility would have been slightly west of the intersection of St Albans Avenue and Eldon Road but due to the road width and other environmental factors this point was not suitable to install a pedestrian crossing here without causing further safety issues. The proposed location was the next best suitable location identified taking into consideration multiple site visits, road environment and peak period pedestrian counts.
- Suggestions for minor changes to the proposed crossing (mid-block crossing, raised table crossing). There is an existing speed hump to the west and road narrowing to the east of the proposed location. These measures along with parked vehicles assist with speed calming. With the addition of side islands, pedestrian crossing distance is reduced to approximately 5.0 m which, along with the existing speed calming measures, should assist pedestrians with crossing the road safely.
- View that the crossing in not required. Parrish Road is treated as a cut-through route to by-pass the congestion on the arterials in the vicinity. Traffic volumes exceeding 1000 vehicles per day are expected on this road. Walking school buses are used by the school which are very effective; however, from our site observations, it was observed that the walking school bus did not have a safe crossing point to cross the road. The walking school bus was observed to be using residential vehicle crossing points to cross Parrish Road which is not ideal especially when over 50 school children were a part of the bus and 169 school children in total were observed to be crossing in the morning school peak periods. During the morning pick up and drop off periods, Parrish Road caters for a large number of vehicles:
- A pedestrian count was carried out and a pedestrian side island has been warranted at this location. This is to allow a safe crossing point for pedestrians.
- Walking school buses are effective but need a safe crossing point as there are an increasing number of school children crossing.
- School crossing in front of the gate will be considered outside of the scope of this project.
- Feedback that AT have previously installed speed humps as a means of traffic calming in the neighbourhood so presumably if there is a need for a crossing here then these measures have not worked. Speed humps added to this road have assisted with reducing vehicle speeds on St Albans Road and Parrish Road. Narrowing of Parrish Road also acts as a speed calming measure.
We expect to introduce this work between July 2018 and June 2019, subject to further changes in design or funding issues.
Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.