Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: SSM2122-001
In August 2022, we proposed to upgrade the zebra crossing on Sherbourne Road outside Mt Eden Primary School. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed . These works will help support our recently proposed speed limit reductions outside schools around Auckland and our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed between July 2023 and January 2024. We will update you with a more precise construction start date closer to the time.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We heard in the feedback that children walk through water and debris collected on the current crossing so the raised crossing will prevent this.
A summary of additional comments and our responses is below.
- Concern about removing 7 parking spaces which are used to service the school and for workers going to the nearby properties. There are not enough car parks currently, and car park/wait outside the neighbouring garages and block people's driveways.
While we acknowledge that the removal of on-street parking can be inconvenient, broken yellow lines ensure that all pedestrians using the zebra crossing have good visibility of approaching drivers. While this means that drivers will need to park slightly further away, there is sufficient on-street parking along Sherbourne Road to cater for these road users.
Please contact our Parking Compliance Department on (09) 355 3553 whenever you see an illegally parked vehicle. This will allow us to dispatch a parking warden. We can only act against an illegally parked vehicle if a parking warden witnesses the illegal incident at the time of the offence.
- Concern that the new design removes the best feature of the current set up, a platform that children stand on which make sit easy for motorists to see them.
Removing the kerb build outs improves safety for cyclists as it means that cyclists travelling along the edge of the road won’t have to veer into the centre of the traffic lane to continue through the crossing. The parking restrictions will ensure that approaching motorists have good visibility of children waiting to cross.
- Suggestion for good lighting at each entrance point.
We will undertake a street lighting assessment prior to construction to ensure that the appropriate standard of lighting for a crossing is met.
- Concern that the sharp ridges of the raised crossing causes vehicle damage.
The crossing will be constructed to standard and will not cause any vehicle damage if drivers travel over it at appropriate speeds.
- Suggestion that the current crossing works sufficiently at slowing down traffic.
Raised zebra crossings are proven to be an effective way of slowing vehicles to survivable speeds should crashes occur.
Drop off zone
- Suggestion that drivers will pay no attention to the broken yellow lines when dropping off students. Suggestion to create two small drop off/pick up zones on either side of the crossing. Also, have drop off only zones set out of the road to improve safety.
The broken yellow lines are required to ensure that all pedestrians using the zebra crossing have enough visibility of approaching drivers to safely cross the road. Allowing parking, even for pick up and drop off, would obstruct visibility from the crossing and affect pedestrian safety. There is also a pick up/drop off zone on Valley Road outside the school’s main entrance.
- Suggestion to reduce the speed limit.
A 30km/h speed limit has been proposed in this area as part of Phase 3 of Auckland Transport's Safe Speeds Programme.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing to:
- Install a zebra crossing on top of a flat, wide speed bump outside 32 Sherbourne Road. This speed bump would be raised to the height of the footpath.
- Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
- Install road markings and signage to support the upgraded crossing.
- Paint broken yellow lines on the approach to the crossing. This would remove 7 parking spaces.
We would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. This upgrade would provide a safer place for people to cross the road to access Mount Eden Normal Primary School, as it would:
- Slow motorists to a safer speed.
- Raise pedestrians crossing the road, especially children, to be at eye-level of approaching motorists. This would make them easier to see from a distance.
- Improve visibility between motorists and people waiting to cross the road.
- Make it more comfortable for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross the road as the crossing is level with the footpath.
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.
This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Mount Eden: 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 Sherbourne 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).