Proposal status: Feedback closed 7 July 2020, last updated 24 November 2020.
In June 2020, we proposed changes to improve safety and accessibility on Pickett Avenue, Sandringham. We have listened to community feedback and have decided that this proposal will not proceed, however a new proposal will be developed. Feedback highlighted many concerns regarding traffic and parking on Haverstock Road. After further investigation we have decided that in order to address these additional concerns, we will design a new proposal which includes both Pickett Avenue and Haverstock Road.
What happens next
We will seek public feedback on the new proposal once it has been finalised, early next year.
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.
- Respondents supported the proposal, noting that it will improve road safety and access on Pickett Avenue for residents as well as emergency service vehicles. Thank you for your feedback. We will ensure the new proposal retains the improvements to road safety and access on Pickett Avenue.
- Many concerns regarding Haverstock Road. The main concerns are as follows:
- Haverstock Road is too narrow and becomes dangerous for pedestrians and drivers with cars parking on both sides of the road.
- Parked vehicles are blocking visibility and access to driveways and the road itself.
- Many accidents occur, commonly drivers colliding with parked cars.
- Haverstock Road is already congested and dangerous and by installing broken yellow lines on Pickett Avenue more cars will park on Haverstock Road.
- The new residential development on Haverstock Road has intensified the parking problem.
- The 'blind' hill is a major hazard on Haverstock Road.
- Requests to paint broken yellow lines on one side or parts of Haverstock Road to improve access for residents and large vehicles. Thank you for providing your feedback. We have taken your feedback into consideration and are designing a new proposal which aims to address these concerns.
- Concern that the proposal on Pickett Avenue will make it harder to find parking and suggestion for parking in the area to be addressed. At this point in time we cannot increase the amount of on-street parking. Increasing parking can contribute to more congestion in the area. Careful consideration was given when selecting where the broken yellow lines were proposed to ensure both safe accessibility and on-street parking availability. There needs to a balance between parking availability on Pickett Avenue for residents and visitors to the area. AT would also like to reiterate that residents should not rely on on-street parking to fulfil their parking needs as the strategic objectives for individual streets are subject to change and might not always meet an individual’s needs.
- Respondent mentions the proposal needs to be considered as a whole with other streets and in the wider area as there are congestion and parking issues beyond Pickett Avenue. Our new proposal will consider the wider area to address the issues with congestion and parking.
- Suggestion to install broken yellow lines along Ti Kouka Lane as it is also a narrow street and has difficulties with access. To address traffic speeds in residential areas we have adopted an area-based focus with a Residential Speed Management (RSM) programme and we no longer speed calm individual streets. This programme targets the highest priority areas based on the level of safety risk measured for each road on our network, and has focussed delivery to areas that have been prioritised for changes that reduce the incidence and impact of crashes.
While Ti Kouka Lane is part of the Sandringham RSM area under investigation, the Sandringham RSM area has not been prioritised for delivery in the next 2 – 3 years. This is because there are other areas in the region that are experiencing higher speeds and safety risk. Find more information on the RSM programme.
- Concern that this proposal will not address access issues for emergency vehicles. The aim of this proposal was to improve the accessibility for residents and larger vehicles, such as emergency service vehicles, on Pickett Avenue. Removing parking (by the entrance and on one side of the street) would improve access for emergency vehicles as well as other vehicles.
- Concern that the aerial image is out of date. Our aerial images are from Auckland Council’s GIS system and are the most up to date aerial images we have available at the time of the consultation. We are aware that our maps sometimes do not reflect recent changes, however, please be assured that site visits and full investigations are carried out in the areas of proposed projects.
We proposed improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our region safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing to paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) parking restrictions on Pickett Avenue, Sandringham. Our proposal responds to concerns from the local community that parked cars are causing congestion on this narrow street. This is blocking entering or exiting for residents and obstructing access for emergency service vehicles. Our proposal aims to make it easier for residents and larger vehicles, such as emergency service vehicles, to reach properties and turn safely in this street.
Sandringham: 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 Pickett Avenue 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).