Proposal status: Feedback closed
Reference number: RSU1819-004B
We advised you in August 2021 that these works were scheduled to be constructed in the 2021 to 2022 financial year, subject to funding being available.
We have now secured funding for this project. Construction is planned to start between March to April 2022. Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents before work begins.
In June 2021, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety in Mount Albert by upgrading the existing zebra crossing to a raised zebra crossing on St Lukes Road. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the following minor changes. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
- Update the pedestrian crossing to a combined walk / cycle crossing.
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.
A number of responses noted the unsafe nature of crossing St Lukes Road. They approved of the installation of speed calming measures to improve pedestrian safety while crossing.
- Concern that the proposed changes will cause traffic congestion issues.
The profile of the raised tables has been designed to help slow speeds down to approximately 30km/h which is a survivable speed for pedestrians should there be an incident. We expect people driving will return to their normal speeds away from the crossing so the overall impact on travel times is expected to be minor. Our Vision Zero goal is to stop accidents which result in death and serious injuries and protect our most vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.
- Concern that traffic slowing controls are unnecessary for pedestrians to cross the road.
The raised crossings are being implemented Auckland-wide in support of Auckland Transport's Vision Zero approach. Our Vision Zero goal is to stop accidents which result in death and serious injuries and protect our most vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. The traffic survey data shows that vehicles are travelling at a speed higher than 50km/h (51km/h) along this section of St Lukes Road. Research shows that a reduction in vehicle speed from 50km/h to 30km/h can reduce the likelihood of a person walking being killed or seriously injured from 80% down to 10%. In addition, the community has raised concerns that vehicles are not giving way to pedestrians at the existing pedestrian crossing. The proposed raised crossing will help slowing speeds down at the crossing point and providing a safer crossing for pedestrians especially the school children.
- Suggestion that lights are needed at Duncan Mclean intersection, and that the raised pedestrian crossing needs more warning signage.
The installation of lights at the Duncan Mclean intersection and additional warning signage is currently out of scope for this proposal, which focuses on pedestrian safety issues on St Lukes Road. If you would like to lodge a request for future development works, please go to https://at.govt.nz/about-us/contact-us/.
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.
We are proposing to improve pedestrian safety in Mount Albert by upgrading the existing zebra crossing on St Lukes Road to a raised zebra crossing.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossing on St Lukes Road to a raised zebra crossing. The upgraded crossing will be raised to a platform level with the footpath. This will improve pedestrian safety by slowing driver speeds near the crossing.
- Install tactile pavers at both approaches to the upgraded crossing. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely across roads.
- Extend the existing footpath to support constructing the raised zebra crossing.
- Install new signs to alert road users to the upgraded raised zebra crossing.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. Between 2012 and 2017 Auckland Transport found a 75% increase in the number of pedestrians seriously injured or killed at pedestrian crossings around the Auckland region. As a result, the Regional Land Transport Plan 2018-2028 was created, committing Auckland Transport to address this increasing trend. The existing zebra crossing on St Lukes Road was highlighted as a crossing location that needed upgrading to ensure that pedestrian safety is prioritised. The changes proposed will reduce driver speeds and increase pedestrian safety and visibility when crossing St Lukes Road.
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 consider 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 by the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax.
Mount Albert: 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 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).