Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: 20100339
In January 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety at the St Lukes Road and Sandringham Road intersection, Sandringham. This intersection has been identified as high risk in Auckland Transports region-wide pedestrian improvements programme, and this proposal is in response to a history of crashes at this location within the past 5 years.
After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in this financial year ending June 2022. 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. Those in support of the proposal stated that the changes will increase pedestrian safety at the intersection, particularly for vulnerable road users such as cyclists or school children. It was also noted that the changes support active modes transport, such as walking or cycling, which are better for people and the planet.
The following is a summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Request for a cycle lane to be installed on Sandringham Road heading south, similar to the one on Balmoral Road and St Lukes Road. There is concern that motorists will forget to look for cyclists when turning left onto the slip lane for St Lukes Road.
- Request for cycle lanes to be installed down the length of Sandringham Road and Balmoral Road to create safe commuting routes for cyclists.
- Request for a slip lane or left-hand turn lane for cyclists on this corner. Concern that it is dangerous for cyclists who are going straight to wait in the cyclist box on the Northeast corner of the intersection. Concern that cyclists may be taken out by vehicles turning left in this lane.
- Request for a slip lane and left-hand turn lane for cyclists to be installed here. Suggestion that excess footpath space can be used to facilitate these changes. Concern that there are no plans for safety improvements for cyclists in the South Bound Lane on Sandringham Road (from Eden Park towards Sandringham Village).
- Request for a separate cycle lane to be created to ensure cyclists safety when travelling down Sandringham Road. Concern that this proposal will not stop people from undertaking in the left lane and putting cyclists at-risk by-passing cyclists closely.
This particular corridor has been identified for improved cycling facilities in our long-term vision for Auckland's integrated transport system. The proposed pedestrian safety improvements are one of the many stages of improvements along this corridor.
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.
As part of our work to keep Aucklanders moving, we are proposing to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of St Lukes Road and Sandringham Road.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossing on the three left-hand slip lanes at the intersection of St Lukes Road and Sandringham Road. The crossings will be raised to be level with the footpath and have tactile pavers at each approach. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely across roads.
- Install advanced stop boxes on all approaches to the intersection. Advanced stop boxes are green boxes painted with a bicycle symbol where cyclists can wait before the lights, ahead of motorists. This improves the safety of cyclists at intersections as it makes them more visible for people in vehicles.
The intersection of St Lukes Road and Sandringham Road is on an arterial route, with an average of 23,000 vehicles travelling through it every day. Over the past five years, five vehicle and pedestrian crashes have taken place around the existing slip lanes of the intersection. That's why this AT's region-wide pedestrian improvements programme has identified this intersection as high-risk.
The proposed changes will give pedestrians a safer place to cross the road and reach local amenities at three points of the intersection. The three new raised crossings will encourage drivers to slow down when entering the slip lane, improving pedestrian safety. We also aim to improve cyclist safety by installing advanced stop boxes. They will ensure that cyclists are visible to motorists when using the intersection.
The St Lukes Road corridor has been identified as a major cycle route in need of improved cycling facilities as part of AT's long-term vision for Auckland's integrated transport network. We will consult on these long-term corridor improvements in the 2022 - 2023 financial year. Meanwhile, this project's upgraded pedestrian facilities are one of the many safety improvements happening along this corridor.
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
- 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.
Sandringham: 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 Lukes Road and Sandringham 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).