Proposal status: Feedback closed 3 December 2020. Last updated 3 February 2021.
Reference number: BYL-483
In November 2020, we proposed changes to improve safety for pedestrians and visibility for drivers at St Johns Road, St Heliers. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the following minor changes.
The broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on the east side of St Johns Road will be extended (in the northern direction) to meet the driveway of #315/317. This would remove a total of 10 legal parking spaces.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in April 2021. We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Request for broken yellow lines to be extended to the driveway of #315-317 as it may be difficult for large vehicles such as horse trailers and trucks loading at the garden centre to turn in and out of the carpark.
After reviewing the feedback and reviewing crash analysis, we have decided to extend the broken yellow lines on the east side of St Johns Road to meet the driveway of #315/317.
- Requests to extend the broken yellow lines, from the pedestrian refuge to #350 and from #315-317 St Johns Road all the way back to the intersection at St Heliers Bay Road.
While adding more broken yellow lines along these requested locations may create better traffic flow, it may also create a higher speed environment. This increases the risk to the high volume of pedestrians and vulnerable road users that use this area to access to the shops located on both sides of St Johns Road. We will continue to monitor this intersection however, at this stage we will not further extend the broken yellow lines.
- Concern regarding parked cars on the two lanes going straight through on Kohimarama Road onto St Johns Road. This road becomes a pinch point by parked cars, making drivers unable to merge in the merging area. Removing parking here will make it safer for all road users and improve the flow of traffic through to Felton Mathew Avenue.
The parking needs of residents and visitors must be balanced while maintaining reasonable access to both shops and our roads, so we will not be removing any further car park spaces. We will continue to monitor and review the traffic light operations at the intersection of St Johns Road/Kohimarama Road to assess if any changes need to be made to the signal phasing to reduce traffic congestion.
- Respondent informs that there is a planned clearway which may also change parking behaviour.
Thank you for the information. The clearway is beneficial for this location – but will only operate at certain times during the day and the implementation of the broken yellow lines will provide a permanent solution and ensure the safety of vulnerable road users at all times.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. Residents have asked us to put in parking restrictions on St Johns Road to improve safety for pedestrians and visibility for drivers.
The changes we are proposing:
- Painting broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) along the east and west sides of 315-317 St Johns Road, St Heliers, which will remove a total of 9 parking spaces.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. These changes have been proposed because residents requested safety improvements near the pedestrian refuge island near 317 St Johns Road. Concerns were raised regarding visibility issues for drivers around the bend in the road when pedestrians cross the road to get to the refuge islands. Further investigation found that visibility is limited in this location for drivers approaching the bend in both directions. Therefore, broken yellow lines will help ensure that parked vehicles do not block the road, which we hope will increase safety in your area.
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.
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 St Johns 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).