Proposal status: closed 27 February 2019
Reference number: BYL-367
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to install new parking restrictions on the western corner of Springleigh Avenue and Mark Road. This will include the removal of approximately 2 parking spaces.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve road safety. We have identified that the crossing does not facilitate safe walking journeys due to visibility issues at this intersection.
Given this is an intersection between two local roads with no reported crash history in the last 5 years, it was decided that improving the pedestrians sight distance of approaching vehicles by way of parking restrictions was the most appropriate solution.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported improving road safety on Springleigh Avenue and Mark Road in Mt Albert.
- Several respondents raised concerns about the potential negative effect removing parking would have on increasing the speeds vehicles manoeuvred this corner. Some suggested installing speed calming measures would mitigate these effects, while others raised the possibility of removing the traffic island in the middle of the road to widen the distance vehicles have to manoeuvre the road.
It is correct that potential vehicle turning speeds could be slightly increased with the parking removed by this proposal. To counter this, we will modify and continue the road marking side hatching through the corner to give the impression of a narrower lane.
An investigation of the reported crashes on this section of Springleigh Avenue in the last 5 years has not identified any incidents relating to speeding which would justify the installation of speed calming measures here. In addition, to address traffic speeds in residential areas we have adopted an area-based focus for 2019 onwards. This recognises that traffic-calming changes on one street have a flow-on effect on the surrounding neighbourhood. While we do appreciate your concerns, Springleigh Avenue has not been identified in the first group of areas within our Residential Speed Management programme as other areas in the region are experiencing higher speeds and safety risk.
Removing the centre island would result in increased speeds associated with this turning manoeuvre whilst also increasing the crossing distance across Mark Road for pedestrians which is not desirable.
- Respondents requested broken yellow lines be re-instated between 2 and 6 Springleigh Avenue.
The AT Maintenance team has been made aware of this and will reinstate these restrictions if they have not already been done.
- Respondents raised concerns about the effect the proposal will have on resident parking.
Parking loss at this location has been specifically proposed to provide pedestrians with visibility of vehicles turning left into Mark Road from Springleigh Avenue. Leaving in one car park at this location would compromise this sight line and therefore the pedestrian’s safety when crossing.
We estimate that this work will happen in approximately 6 months, 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.