Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: SSM2122-003
In August 2022 we invited community feedback on our proposal to improve pedestrian safety on Point Chevalier and Te Ra Road. We advised you that these works were scheduled to be constructed between July 2023 and June 2024. We’re writing to let you know that construction is now planned for April 2023. We’re aiming to do most of the work during the school holidays to minimise disruption.
Please see the drawing the proposal drawing for Point Chevalier and Te Ra Road (PDF 1.8MB).
In August 2022, we proposed changes to improve safety for pedestrians walking around near Point Chevalier School in Point Chevalier.
After reviewing all the feedback we received, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We are unable to provide a precise construction date, but we are aiming for the work to take place between June 2023 and July 2023. We'll update you in 2023 with more detail about the commencement of the work.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. Here is a summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions:
- Request for parking restrictions along Te Ra Road to improve visibility and accessibility for residents accessing their driveways. Concern about illegal parking behaviour on Te Ra Road.
We understand that vehicles parked on the road can be inconvenient for residents exiting and entering their driveways. If a vehicle is parked within one metre of your driveway and blocking your access, please call parking enforcement on (09) 355 3553 with vehicle details and enforcement will be organised.
Parking restrictions are usually installed to address issues with the flow of traffic or to improve road safety. We won’t typically use them to improve accessibility or visibility from residential driveways.
The parking needs of residents and visitors must be balanced with maintaining reasonable access to our roads. Therefore, we will not be adding parking restrictions at this time.
- Request to install plastic bollards to prevent illegal parking behaviour on both sides of the road bump on Te Ra Road.
Temporary flexible bollards are typically not used in these situations because they can be easily knocked over, are not a permanent safety solution, often require replacement, and have ongoing maintenance costs.
Permanent bollards are only considered where we have identified a significant safety issue and installing such bollards is considered feasible. This is because bollards are susceptible to being bumped and nudged by vehicles, which often results in considerable damage to the surrounding pavement. As a result, the maintenance of bollards can be costly.
We understand illegal parking can be frequent here around school pick up and drop off. We’ll work with our Parking Enforcement Team and the school to mitigate these issues.
- Request to clarify what parking restrictions are being introduced on Te Ra Road.
No new parking restrictions are being installed on Te Ra Road. The existing parking restrictions provide pedestrians enough visibility to use the crossing safely.
- Request to either turn the second road bump on Te Ra Road into a pedestrian crossing or remove it as it will be even more confusing having one zebra crossing and one speed bump on the same road.
We prioritised this speed bump to be upgraded because it’s where most people cross the road. We’ll consider a similar upgrade of the other speed bump on Te Ra Road in the future, but we’re unable to do it within the scope and budget of this project.
- Request to install a raised zebra crossing on Point Chevalier Road further towards Coyle Park.
We’ll investigate your request and consider it in the future, but we cannot install an additional speed bump within the scope and budget of this project.
We're proposing improvements in your area
To support the recently proposed speed limit reductions outside schools around Auckland, we are proposing changes to improve pedestrian safety on Point Chevalier Road and Te Ra Road. We ask for just a few minutes of your time to give us your feedback.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossing at 298 Point Chevalier Road to a raised zebra crossing with long off ramps which make the crossing smoother for large vehicles. We would retain the traffic islands (which are raised platforms) in the middle of the road but remove the traffic islands on the sides of the road.
- Upgrade the existing speed bump at 10 Te Ra Road to a raised zebra crossing which gives pedestrians right of way.
- Install tactile pavers at all road crossing points. These are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely across roads.
- Install signs and paint new road markings to support the changes.
The proposed changes would:
- slow motorists to a safer speed
- raise pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road to be at eye-level of approaching motorists, making them easier to see from a distance
- improve visibility between motorists and people waiting to cross the road
- make it more comfortable for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross the road as the crossing is level with the footpath.
What happens next
- We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
- This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Point Chevalier: 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 Point Chevalier School 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).