Proposal status: Feedback open until 8 March 2022
Reference number: RSU2021-021
In February 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety and the intersection of Remuera Road and Waiatarua Road. These changes were proposed as there has been a history of accidents involving pedestrians at this location and we want to stop any further accidents from occurring. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal. This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in the next financial year, starting July 2022. We will be in touch with local residents prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you to those who took the time to give us your feedback on this proposal. A lot of respondents told us that they had seen near misses at this intersection and worried about the safety of those who try to cross this busy road as there is no safe pedestrian crossing in place. Many respondents supported this proposal as it would provide a safe crossing for children to use to get to and from the nearby school. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
Signalised raised crossing and bus stops
- Request to remove the raised table from the design. Reasons for this include that it will make it dangerous and confusing for people turning from Waiatarua Road onto Remuera Road, slow down traffic unnecessarily when the pedestrian crossing is not in use, increase road noise, potentially cause a safety issue for emergency service vehicles, and it is expensive.
The raised table is essential to providing a safe crossing facility for pedestrians under the Vision Zero strategy. The raised table increases driver awareness and reduces the speed of approaching drivers. The raised table makes the crossing a safer facility for pedestrians which is the aim of this project.
- Request to make the whole intersection signalised with pedestrian crossings, like the Meadowbank Road and Remuera Road intersection.
We have not identified sufficient operational issues at the Waiatarua Road and Remuera Road to support the need for traffic signals at the intersection.
- Request to set the phasing on the signals so it minimises disruption to the traffic flow and avoids creating a bottleneck with repercussions further along Remuera Road.
The signal phasing will be set to minimise the disruption to traffic whilst also ensuring pedestrians utilise the crossing safely and appropriately.
- Request to only have a speed bump for traffic coming up Remuera Road from the west to slow them down so that people can get out of Waiatarua Road.
The raised crossing aids in reducing vehicle speeds eastbound in advance of Waiatarua Road. The crossing facility has been proposed as a pedestrian safety issue was identified across Remuera Road.
- Request to install measures to slow the westbound traffic up the hill on Remuera Road such as a speed camera, an electronic speed sign, or a speed bump in addition to the crossing.
We will monitor speeding in this area. If there are other network improvements that you would like to see in your area, please let us know via our feedback form.
- Suggestion to move the crossing as it is too close to Waiatarua Road and to where residents from 721, 723, 725 and 731 Remuera Road put their bins out on the footpath.
The proposed location is as close as possible to the bus stops on either side of Remuera Road as these create the most demand for pedestrians wishing to cross the road. An alternate location will not cater to the pedestrian demand, so it could be ineffective and underutilised. Local bin collection is an issue for the majority of Remuera Road and relocating the crossing will merely relocate the effect. The surrounding housing density further supports the need for a safe pedestrian crossing facility.
- Suggestion that the changes are not required as it is easy to cross the road at this location.
The focus of this project is pedestrian safety. There have been two crashes in the last five years which involved pedestrians being struck whilst attempting to cross Remuera Road near Waiatarua Road. It is also noted that numerous school children currently attempt to cross Remuera Road unaided and without a safe crossing facility. We have proposed these changes to provide a safer crossing facility for pedestrians across Remuera Road where there currently is no facility.
- Suggestion to move the crossing and bus stops outside 719 Remuera Road or 739/741 Remuera Road.
There are bus stop spacing requirements (how far apart bus stops can be) and visibility requirements which prohibit the relocation of the bus stops to the suggested locations.
- Suggestion to install a pedestrian island on Remuera Road where there is good visibility instead of the proposed signalised crossing and move the bus stop there too.
A pedestrian island is not a safe facility for roads where pedestrians need to cross more than one lane of traffic travelling in a single direction.
- Concern about the visibility of the crossing and that speeding motorists might not be able to slow down in time which could cause nose-to-tails. Request for early warning signs so drivers approaching from Kelvin Road are aware of the upcoming crossing.
The proposed project includes advanced warning signs and high friction surfacing to aid motorists slowing down on the approach to the crossing in both directions.
- Concern about how the changes will impact traffic flow, driver frustration, congestion, and travel times. Concern about the environmental impact and increased CO2 emissions.
The proposal aims to reduce death and serious injury crashes to vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and is considered as a primary treatment towards the Road to Zero programme recommended by Waka Kotahi. There have been two crashes in the last five years which involved pedestrians being struck whilst attempting to cross Remuera Road near Waiatarua Road. It is also noted that numerous school children currently attempt to cross Remuera Road unaided and without a safe crossing facility. Therefore, we proposed these changes to provide a safer crossing facility and to stop any further accidents from occurring. Minor traffic congestion is expected with the introduction of any signalised crossing however this will only be triggered when pedestrians press the button to cross Remuera Road. With our Vision Zero approach to transport safety, we prioritise human safety over other measures like minor time saving and so will proceed with these changes.
- Concern that the changes will make it more difficult to turn right out of Waiatarua Road and suggestion for the crossing to be far enough away from Waiatarua Road so drivers turning right onto Remuera Road can use the red light to move onto the median strip.
With the proposed design, there will be space for drivers to turn right into the painted median from Waiatarua Road onto Remuera Road during red lights.
- Concern about parking removal and request for it to be reduced.
We are only removing 4 parking spaces as part of this project. The parking removal on both Waiatarua Road and Remuera Road is in line with the visibility requirements for people waiting to cross at each crossing. There are also lead in requirements for bus stops which has determined the additional length of the broken yellow lines on Remuera Road
- Concern that the signals add noise and are too close to the houses on Remuera Road.
There is limited kerbside space on the eastern side of Remuera Road. The signals will be positioned and set with consideration to residential properties.
- Concern that these changes could push more traffic to the lights at the junction of Meadowbank Road and Remuera Road and impact road traffic outside Meadowbank Primary.
We do not expect to see a significant impact on traffic operation in the area due to these changes.
- Will there be a light for those turning from Waiatarua Road onto Remuera Road towards Newmarket?
No, the signalised crossing is purely a pedestrian crossing facility. There are no proposed traffic signals to control the intersection of Waiatarua Road and Remuera Road. The signals will be visible from Waiatarua Road.
Waiatarua Road changes
- Request to remove the footpath extension on Waiatarua Road from the design as traffic won’t be able to form two turning lanes, which will increase congestion.
The proposed footpath at the corner of Waiatarua Road is required to provide the crossing at its proposed alignment and location. The safest orientation for a pedestrian crossing is perpendicular to traffic. This is because it is easier for oncoming drivers to interpret a pedestrian’s intention to cross the road and does not require pedestrians to look over their shoulder when wishing to cross. Additionally, tightening the intersection by introducing the footpath extension makes it safer for pedestrians as it promotes speed reduction and means that pedestrians do not need to manoeuvre across two lanes of traffic attempting to exit Waiatarua Road.
- Request that broken yellow lines are extended beyond 2 Waiatarua Road to make it safer to exit the nearby driveways.
The broken yellow lines on the western side of Waiatarua Road have been extended to improve visibility at the pedestrian crossing. We aim to minimise parking removal wherever possible, especially in residential areas.
- Suggestion to move either the entire pedestrian crossing, or just the eastern side, further away from Remuera Road.
The ideal and safest location for a pedestrian crossing is as close as possible to the pedestrian desire line – where most people want to walk. In this instance, the pedestrian desire line is the continuation of the western footpath along Remuera Road. Therefore, the best position for the pedestrian island is as close as possible to the intersection of Waiatarua Road and Remuera Road.
- Concern that people will cross Waiatarua Road in a straight line at the corner and not use the pedestrian island. Suggestion that the pedestrian island will be ineffective.
There are site constraints at the Waiatarua Road and Remuera Road intersection which prevent the implementation of a pedestrian crossing directly at the intersection. The pedestrian island crossing is proposed at the closest location to the intersection in order to attract pedestrians to use the crossing facility. It will provide a safe opportunity for pedestrians to wait in the centre of the road rather than needing to cross the road in a single movement and deal with both directions of traffic simultaneously.
- Concern about drivers turning into Waiatarua Road too fast. Suggestion to make a more aggressive turn to discourage this.
There are multiple aspects of the current proposed layout which aim to lower speeds in and around the Remuera Road and Waiatarua Road intersection. The raised crossing will reduce the speed of motorists along Remuera Road, especially eastbound motorists in advance of the side road. The footpath extension and pedestrian island at Waiatarua Road also aid in reducing speeds around the intersection. Additionally, the pedestrian island provides safety for people crossing Waiatarua Road as they deal with each direction of traffic separately.
- Concern about longer vehicles turning from Remuera Road onto Waiatarua Road.
The appropriate vehicle tracking checks – how different vehicles would turn through the intersection – have been undertaken to confirm the proposed design layout.
- Suggestion that there are changes to driveways and number of dwellings since the drawing was created.
On-site observations and a survey will be undertaken prior to design completion.
- Concern about motorists exiting/entering the driveways of 723, 725, 731, 733 and 748 Remuera Road.
The crossing should not impede drivers wishing to turn into and out of the adjacent driveways. However, these drivers will still need to obey the signalised crossing.
- Concern that the pedestrian island will make it tricky and awkward to manoeuvre out of the nearby driveway on Waiatarua Road.
Vehicle tracking has been tested to ensure that vehicles can continue to enter and exit the nearby driveways.
- Concern that bins get dumped in front of driveways which makes it difficult for people to park in their driveways.
Residents need to collectively ensure that their bins do not cause an obstruction to driveways.
- Suggestion to install a one-way arrow and sign from 754 Remuera Road towards 774 Remuera Road. There is a ‘one-way, no entry’ sign in the front of 774 Remuera Road but no sign at the other end and sometimes people drive in wrong direction.
As this is a residential access it is likely that drivers travelling in the wrong direction are residents and should be aware of the one-way direction. Installing a one-way sign may encourage through vehicles to use this access lane which could create safety issues.
- Suggestion to add a no parking sign or road marking outside 752 Remuera Road as cars sometimes park there.
The existing broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) prohibit vehicles from parking outside 752 Remuera Road. All cases of illegal parking should be reported to Auckland Transport’s Parking Enforcement team on 09 355 3553.
- Suggestion to install a raised crossing with a pedestrian island at the centre on Remuera Road.
Having a pedestrian island at the centre of a raised crossing on Remuera Road was investigated but deemed to be unsuitable due to turning issues for vehicles entering and exiting the adjacent driveways.
- Suggestion to remove the bus stop altogether as there is one at the Meadowbank Shops with an existing crossing.
The current bus stop location meets the requirements for spacing between bus stops.
- Concern that the phasing at Upland Road creates a bottleneck, causing issues right back through the Ladies Mile and Greenlane East lights.
- Concern that the centreline road markings down Waiatarua Road are incomplete.
These concerns are outside of the scope of this project and will be logged for later consideration. You can always tell us about network improvements that you would like to see in your area via our feedback form here.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Listening to what you have to say is important to us. Your local knowledge can help us make better decisions, so that together we can achieve the best outcomes for your neighbourhood.
We are proposing to:
- Install a signalised pedestrian crossing (a crossing controlled by traffic lights with a push button for people who need to cross the road) west of the Remuera Road and Waiatarua Road intersection. This crossing will also be on top of a raised table, which is a speed bump with a flat section in the middle.
- Install a pedestrian island in the middle of Waiatarua Road and paint new road markings to support the island. This will provide pedestrians with a safe place to wait while crossing the road.
- Install pram crossings, which are short ramps that give prams and wheelchairs a smooth transition from the footpath to the road, on both sides of Waiatarua Road at the proposed crossing points.
- Extend the footpath at the corner of Waiatarua Road.
- Extend the broken yellow lines on the northwest side of Waiatarua Road.
- Paint new bus stopping bays at the two bus stops and paint additional broken yellow lines to ensure clear roads for buses pulling over.
- Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers which help visually impaired people find their way to crossings, at the roadsides of the crossing points and at the centre of the pedestrian island.
We identified this intersection as a place for improvements because of its history with accidents involving pedestrians. Remuera Road is a busy arterial route with high pedestrian use. However, there are currently no crossings at this intersection.
The proposed changes would give pedestrians a safer crossing experience at this intersection. They would bring a signal-controlled raised crossing to Remuera Road and increase safety interventions on Waiatarua Road.
This proposal would remove a total of four parking spaces to provide clear sight lines to the new crossing points and ensure that buses can pull into the bus stops. We know that removing parking is inconvenient, so we have removed as few spaces as possible.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to 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.
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 Remuera 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).