Proposal status: Feedback closed 22 May 2020, last updated 31 July 2020.
Reference number: RSU1920-139
In May 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve road safety for people walking in the area by slowing approaching traffic and prioritising pedestrians, we proposed to install a new zebra crossing on a raised table outside 129 Portland Road, Remuera.
At 129 Portland Road, Remuera, we proposed to:
- Install a new zebra crossing raised to a platform level with the footpath, with additional traffic islands, orange beacons, road markings and signs to make it safer for pedestrians especially children crossing the road at the beginning and end of the school day when using the walking school bus.
- Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
- Remove 1 small bush from the berm (the grass strip next to the road) on the corner of Portland Road and Scherff Road to provide greater visibility between pedestrians and approaching vehicles.
This proposal is part of a region wide pedestrian improvement programme which aims to improve safety at pedestrian crossings in high-risk locations. Read more about this programme.
Remuera: 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 Portland 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).
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which will reduce AT’s capital and operating budgets. This could mean this project is delayed. We will be in touch with you once we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints.
Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Many respondents supported the proposal, noting that it currently does not feel safe for children to cross Portland Road due to cars speeding. Respondents also mentioned that as the walking school bus travels this route, this crossing would be helpful.
Thank you for your feedback. The proposed zebra crossing on a raised table will help to slow down vehicle speeds on Portland Road next to the crossing and will prioritize pedestrians making it safer to cross the road. We are very pleased that you believe our proposal will be an improvement to Portland Road.
- Respondents requested to also install a speed camera to help reduce the number of people driving over the speed limit.
For speed camera (safety camera) requests, please contact the New Zealand Police as the enforcement of speeding vehicles is the responsibility of the Police. There is a selection process behind the installation of safety cameras, which is carried out in conjunction with the Police, the New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Safety Team and an independent transportation consultant. Generally, safety cameras are placed in areas where there is a problem with excessive speed alongside a proven crash risk or a history of crashes causing serious injuries and/or death. Should you notice common trends, such as speeding during certain times of the day or individual vehicles, you may also want to contact the Police with further details so they can carry out targeted enforcement.
- Respondents suggested another pedestrian crossing to be installed at the end of Portland Road near Shore Road.
Thank you for your feedback, we will consider this location in future investigations for the Pedestrian Improvement Programme.
- Respondents suggested speed calming measures installed before the crossing such as speed humps to slow traffic prior to the crossing.
The proposed zebra crossing on a raised table will reduce vehicle speeds at the crossing location. The associated road markings and signs further highlight that the crossing is on a raised table to slow driver speeds.
- Respondents mentioned that many incidents occur near the area and that there is poor visibility of oncoming cars.
Adequate visibility is provided for approaching drivers to see the oncoming proposed zebra crossing on a raised table. The associated road markings and signs further highlight that the crossing is on a raised table to slow driver speeds.
We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. Once funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.