Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: VRU2022-036
In June 2022, we proposed changes to install a raised signalised pedestrian crossing outside 576 Remuera Road. After the external consultation we carefully considered all the feedback received from the community. Based on the feedback we received, we reviewed our design and have decided that this project will not proceed to the next stage. We will revisit the investigation later if required.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge.
A summary of the additional queries we received, and our responses to them, is below:
- Request to reduce the speed limit on the outside lane of Remuera Road to 30km/h.
Auckland Transport controls over 7,500km of roads and is responsible for ensuring that all these roads have speed limits that are safe and appropriate for their function, design, safety, and use. Our Safe Speeds programme continues to review speed limits on roads across our network to identify where changes are needed. Due to the scope and scale of the programme, it is divided into multiple phases for ease of delivery. Find out more about the Safe Speeds Programme.
Remuera Road was not included in the most recent phase of the programme, but based on your request, we will include Remuera Road in our database to be potentially included in the next round of speed limit review, Auckland Speed Management Plan 2023/26.
- Request to remove the green Chorus box outside 576 Remuera Road as it narrows the footpath.
We're unable to help with this request as Chorus is responsible for this box.
- Request for more traffic policing over Auckland. Suggestion to install speed cameras.
The New Zealand Police / Nga Pirihimana O Aotearoa, together with NZTA’s Safety Team and an independent transportation consultant, have a process for choosing sites which are suitable for speed/safety cameras. For more information related to speed cameras, please visit the New Zealand Police webpage.
We also received the following suggestions, which will be passed on to the relevant team to be assessed and determine if an investigation is required.
- Request for the footpath to be widened along Remuera Road.
- Suggestion to install a crossing on the east side of the Ladies Mile intersection.
- Request to redesign the crossings at Ladies Mile traffic lights.
- Suggestion to reduce the speed limit to 30 km/h between Ladies Mile and Lucerne Road.
- Concern that motorists speed while turning from Upland Road onto Remuera Road and request for speed calming or enforcement there.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing to:
- Install a raised signalised pedestrian crossing, which is a traffic-light controlled crossing on top of a wide, flat speed bump, outside 576 Remuera Road. The speed bump will have a gradual slope at one end which will make it more comfortable for vehicles and passengers to travel over, including busses and emergency service vehicles.
- Install a pedestrian island at the centre of the crossing to provide pedestrians a safer place to wait before making the second stage of the crossing.
- 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.
- Install new road markings and signage to support the new crossing.
- Relocate the bus stop and shelter outside 533 Remuera Road to 527 Remuera Road.
- Remove 13m of existing broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) outside of 533 Remuera Road.
- Paint broken yellow lines on the approach to the crossing to improve visibility between motorists and pedestrians and on the approach to each bus stop to provide drive-in space. This will result in the net removal of 10 parking spaces.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. There have been eight reported crashes within a 50-metre radius of the proposed changes in the last 5 years. This includes two crashes involving pedestrians crossing Remuera Road and one crash involving a pedestrian walking along the footpath. These crashes resulted in injury, and we want to stop this from happening again. The proposed crossing is raised, meaning that drivers would have to slow down when approaching the crossing. The crossing is also signalised, which allows pedestrians to cross safely when drivers are stopped at the red light, giving them right of way. These changes would improve pedestrian safety and provide a safer place for people to cross the road to access the bus stops and nearby shops, whilst also slowing high speeds near the crossing. We understand that removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal while maintaining good lines of sight between drivers and pedestrians.
This particular road corridor has been identified for improved cycling facilities in our long-term vision for Auckland's integrated transport system. However, as the long-term corridor improvements are some time away, this proposal for pedestrian safety improvements is one of the many stages of improvements along this corridor.
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.
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).