Consultation status: closed 20 June 2017
We are seeking feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility along Queenstown Road in Onehunga.
We propose to:
- Upgrade the existing pedestrian refuge island crossing to a signalised crossing.
- Install high-friction surfacing.
- Add No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) and a
clearwayto the road on both sides of the crossing.
- Remove the existing flush median.
Due to the speed and volume of traffic along Queenstown Road, changing the crossing type will mean a safer journey for pedestrians who need to cross the road.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received mixed 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.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Suggestion that implementing this proposal would increase congestion along Queenstown Road. We have carried out traffic surveys which have shown that the pedestrian signals are expected to have minimal impact on vehicle journey times. Based on these assessments, we believe that congestion would not increase.
- The addition of an extra lane would make the right hand turn from the southern side of the Queenstown Road difficult. Turning across 2 lanes of traffic to access driveways is fairly common on the road network. While this is not considered a significant safety risk, additional care must be taken to ensure suitable gaps are selected for turning.
- Suggestion that there isn’t enough space for 2 lanes of traffic along the entirety of Queenstown Road. We have assessed the road width along Queenstown Road and there is enough space for a 3.0 and 3.2 metre lane all the way to the bottom of the road.
- Suggestion that traffic waiting at the lights would restrict access from our property. Traffic waiting at the lights will slow vehicles down which will help vehicles get into the queue as traffic will be travelling at lower speeds giving safer gaps for merging.
- Visitors will not have anywhere to park. There are alternative parking spaces available for visitors, they are located slightly further away.
- Heavy vehicles should not be allowed to use this route. Due to Queenstown Road being classified as an arterial route it is essential and expected that heavy commercial vehicles use this road. Arterial routes provide a significant contribution to social and economic wellbeing, link regionally significant places and are often used for passenger transportation.
- Broken yellow lines shouldn’t be installed at the bottom part of the road as there is no issue with vehicles parking there. The broken yellow lines to the south and north of the bus stop are essential for the safe and efficient operation of buses using the bus stop. The new broken yellow lines further north of the crossing are key to the safe operation of the pedestrian crossing since the removal of parking increases visibility for both pedestrians and approaching vehicles.
- Concerns that the signal phasing will discourage school children from crossing, due to long waiting times. The signal phasing times have been calculated in the same method that is used across Auckland, therefore we do not anticipate there being any unnecessary delays for pedestrians wishing to cross.
- Suggestion that parking is required outside No.74 Queenstown Road for visitors, therefore a clearway should be installed instead. We originally looked at leaving this as a clearway but due to the horizontal curve sweeping left when travelling up the road, we thought the best solution here was to install broken yellow lines. We realise parking is being taken away however we have left the section between No. 74 & 86 as a clearway for this reason, to ensure parking is still available.
- The signalised crossing should be installed in a different location. It should be located closer to the school or bus stops, there is no pedestrian demand at the proposed location. The crossing is proposed at this location because it is considered the best location for the signals to be placed, this has been confirmed through site assessments. Although the current pedestrian demand is low, by providing this crossing at this location, we expect the demand to increase.
- Request for additional works including a request for the footpath to be raised on the Bel Air side of Queenstown Road and a request to move the bus stop. If you would like your request to be considered for future development works, provide feedback here.
We expect to introduce this work starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.