Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: SSP2021-004B
In March 2021, we proposed changes to improve the safety of pedestrians and school children on Speight Road in St Heliers by installing a raised table. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with changes to the next stage of detailed design. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
After reviewing the feedback received and engaging in further discussions with St Ignatius School, the project team have made the following changes to the original proposal:
- The proposed raised table crossing will be changed to a raised zebra crossing, which is a raised table with a zebra crossing on top of it.
- School patrol signage poles will be installed to help with school patrol at school start/finish times.
- The crossing point will be moved west away from the intersection with Long Drive, which will provide space for a car to wait at the intersection.
What happens next
We anticipate that construction will begin before June 2022. We will be in touch with nearby residents prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for adding your voice to this proposal. Your local knowledge has helped us make this decision for your neighbourhood. Some respondents, including St Ignacius School, told us the raised table should be moved away from the intersection with Long Drive and others made suggestions like adding a zebra (pedestrian priority) crossing and changing the on-street parking on Speight Road. A summary of suggestions and queries from the community, and our responses to them, is below.
Proposed raised table
- Concern that the crossing is too close to the intersection with Long Drive, which may be dangerous for pedestrians because drivers will be looking at traffic, rather than looking for pedestrians.
Thank you for your submission. We have changed the design and moved the proposed crossing point west along Speight Road, away from the intersection with Long Drive. This change will provide sufficient space for a car to wait in front of the raised table, and the raised table will still be near where people like to cross the road.
- Suggestion that a zebra crossing is needed on top of the table.
Following the consultation and after further investigation and discussions with St Ignatius School, we have updated the design to include a zebra crossing.
- Concern that the project is unnecessary and a waste of money.
Auckland Transport was contacted by St Ignatius School to investigate options for a safer crossing that would benefit the students of the school. After carrying out an investigation that showed a need for pedestrian safety improvements, we proposed this project to reduce driving speeds on Speight Road and create a safer crossing for people walking in the neighbourhood – particularly the students and families of St Ignatius School. Safety is our priority, and we believe the benefits of safety improvements outweigh the cost.
Broken yellow lines
- Suggestion that there is insufficient street parking and no further parking should be removed.
The broken yellow lines have been proposed so that there are clear lines of sight between drivers and people crossing the road. We understand that removing parking is inconvenient, so the amount of parking spaces being removed has been kept to a minimum.
- Request that additional broken yellow lines are painted on the south side of Speight Road from Long Drive to #85 Speight Road as it is difficult to see past parked cars when exiting driveways along this stretch.
We understand your concern, however removing significant amounts of parking gives drivers the impression of an open road, which can increase their speed and reduce the safety of pedestrians. The parking needs of residents and visitors must be balanced with maintaining reasonable access to our roads, and we do not expect further parking restrictions would be supported by the neighbourhood. If you see vehicles parked within a metre of your driveway, please ring 09 355 3553 to request parking enforcement.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area and are asking for your views.
We were asked by St Ignatius School to improve the safety of children walking to and from the school by upgrading the crossing facilities on Speight Road, St Heliers.
The changes we are proposing:
- Install a raised table (a speed bump that is flat and wide) on Speight Road, outside St Ignatius School, by the intersection with Long Drive.
- Create a new courtesy crossing on the raised table. These types of crossings offer a safe and comfortable place to cross the road however do not give pedestrians the right of way like a zebra crossing.
- Widen and reconstruct the footpath at either side of the raised table.
- Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
- Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on either side of the table. Approximately 2 on-street parking spaces will be removed. These spaces have an existing P30 restriction on school days, 8am to 9am and 2:30pm to 3:30pm.
- Paint new road markings and install signs to support the table and crossing.
- Reinstate the grass berms (grass strip next to the road).
- Some tree trimming will be necessary to ensure visibility.
Safety around schools is important to us and by making these changes we aim to slow driving speeds and increase awareness of people crossing at this location. While drivers are not required to stop, the courtesy crossing would give people, in particular school children, a safer place to cross.
Removing some on street parking is necessary to support these changes. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal.
This proposal is supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax and is part of the Safe Schools Programme.
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
- This project is subject to funding and decisions by Auckland Transport and Auckland Council in the Regional Land Transport Plan. We are seeking feedback now so that we can be prepared once the funding for this project is given the go ahead.
- 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.
St Heliers: 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 Speight 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).