Proposal status: Feedback closed 5 September 2019, last updated 2 October 2019.
Reference number: RTV-232
We've proposed changes in your area
In August 2019, we proposed widening the existing traffic signal pedestrian crossing from 5 metres to 10 metres and adding a high friction red surface to the crossing.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are expected to greatly improve safety for pedestrians by increasing the capacity of the crossing and better notifying motorists of the wider crossing area.
The pedestrian crossing will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being installed. 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.
- Request for an additional red-light camera, respondents reported that drivers have been frequently running red lights.
Typically, red light cameras are installed at high risk intersections. However, Auckland Transport, is looking into the effectiveness of red-light cameras at mid-block crossings, such as this one. This programme is still in the early stages and may include Sandringham Road in the future.
- Request for crossing to be raised/semi raised, similar to that at Walters Road. The request to raise the crossing is because of two incidents in the last 5 months where cars travelling at excessive speed have damaged parked cars.
A raised crossing is generally not a standard treatment in Auckland for pedestrian traffic signal crossings. In reviewing the vehicle speed data on Sandringham Road, 85 percent of all vehicles travel under or at 48.9 kilometres per hour this is not considered to be excessive. Because the proposed improvements to the Sandringham Road crossing, include the new red high friction surface, intend to slow speeds, the benefit of raising the crossing is minimal. We will continue to monitor speed on Sandringham Road, and if we determine that speeds are increasing we will investigate the need for future improvements.
- Request for safety improvements to pedestrian crossing outside Kowhai Intermediate, as the proposed crossing only has high pedestrian volumes after sports events.
Thank you for raising the issue of the pedestrian crossing outside Kowhai Intermediate. A request has been logged to investigate this crossing to improve pedestrian safety. This will be investigated in the future as a separate project by the appropriate team. The traffic signal pedestrian crossing is being upgraded to accommodate the frequent high volume of users and to improve the safety for pedestrians near the train station.
- Request for broken yellow lines to be painted over driveways to stop people from parking over them.
It is illegal to park within 1 metre of a driveway. If any vehicles are parking illegally, please contact our Parking Compliance Department on (09) 355 3553 with the details of the vehicle to request enforcement action be taken.
These works are planned during October 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.