Picton and Hepburn St, Freemans Bay - Pedestrian crossing improvements Picton and Hepburn St, Freemans Bay - Pedestrian crossing improvements

Consultation status: Feedback closed 28 March 2018. Last updated 31 March 2021

Proposal reference: MIP1718-025

Proposal update 31 March 2021

We have recently reviewed the visibility requirements against the current standards. As a result of the review, we are reducing the length of the broken yellow line parking restrictions by approximately 17 metres both north and south of the intersection. This means that only 6 parking spaces will now be removed. This is 6 spaces less than we initially indicated.

More information about this project can be found below.

Download the updated consultation drawing (PDF 659KB).

We’re proposing changes in your area

In March 2018 we asked for community feedback on our proposal to make improvements to pedestrian crossing facilities on Picton Street and Hepburn Street in Freemans Bay.

The changes we proposed included:

  • Extending the footpath and grass berm to reduce the width of the intersection.
  • Installing a new pedestrian refuge.
  • Installing pedestrian crossing points on Hepburn Street.
  • Painting broken yellow lines, removing approximately 12 parking spaces.

Download the consultation drawing for Picton Street and Hepburn Street (PDF 511KB).

Why the changes are needed

This proposal aims to improve safety for all road users by reducing the speed of cars travelling through the intersection and reducing the crossing distance for people walking in the area. Vehicles approaching Hepburn Street at the intersection frequently travel at high speeds and fail to stop at the traffic controls. These changes at the intersection will slow vehicles as they approach and will enhance the visibility of pedestrians and other road users.

Proposal update 31 July 2019

The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback

  • Concerns over parking removal. We received requests to reduce the amount of proposed parking removal. Whilst we understand and acknowledge the concerns raised, the proposed extent of parking to be removed is the minimum necessary to meet the visibility requirements for pedestrians crossing at this location. The parking restrictions provide sufficient and unrestricted visibility and allow pedestrians to safely assess gaps in traffic and drivers to stop safely if required. The proposed buildouts at the crossing points minimise the amount of parking removal required in order to meet these visibility requirements.
  • Concern over potential removal of vehicle access to surrounding properties. We have made slight modifications to the design so that no property will lose potential vehicle access.
  • Concerns that the proposed changes are not necessary or required at this location. Our studies show that the existing stop control at this intersection has a very high rate of non-compliance at around 94%. Also the current pedestrian crossing facilities at this location do not meet our standards relating to the available pedestrian crossing visibility and ramp gradients. We already have plans for footpath and kerb channelling renewal at this location and so we are taking this opportunity to upgrade the intersection to make it safer for all users.
  • Query concerning the installation of pram crossings. The term ‘pram crossing’ refers to a dropped kerb to facilitate the safe movement of wheeled equipment e.g. prams, wheelchairs from a footpath to cross a carriageway and re-join a footpath. The Auckland Transport standards are that pram crossings should be provided where possible and practical at each kerb line at all intersections and also be provided at other locations to suit the logical and safe movement of pedestrians.
  • Query concerning the narrowing of Picton Street and concerns that this will increase the risk of traffic congestion. Narrowing the intersection on Picton Street is necessary so that approaching vehicles are encouraged to lower their speed and comply with the proposed stop controls. The volume of traffic at this intersection is not sufficient enough that traffic congestion is a concern.
  • Requests for speed calming measures to combat concerns over the speed of vehicles travelling along Picton Street. In order to assess requests of this type in a consistent manner, we investigate all requests against a set of policy guidelines for Local Area Traffic Management (LATM). This makes it possible for us to determine the roads with the most significant safety problems and that should receive higher priority. Picton Street does not currently warrant speed calming measures due to comparatively low speeds and reported crash data which shows the road to be operating relatively safely. We will therefore be unable to install any speed calming measures at this current time, however, if you would like the requests to be considered by AT for future development works, please fill in a feedback form or report a problem please provide feedback here.
  • Requests for additional works include:
    • Request to remove bus and other heavy vehicle routes from Picton Street due to concerns over structural damage. This request is out of scope for this proposal which focuses on intersection improvements on Hepburn and Picton Streets. However, there is no set bus route for AT Metro buses along Picton Street. It may currently be used by drivers travelling between existing routes and although we understand the concerns, it is uncommon for us to restrict the use of a specific class of common vehicle to utilise a public road asset.

Next steps

We are aiming for this project to be constructed during the next financial year (between July 2021 and June 2022). Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.