Proposal status: Feedback closed 5 December 2019, last updated 17 March
Reference number: BYL-429
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In November 2019, we proposed new No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) at the intersection of Victoria Avenue and Manawa Road in Remuera.
Our proposal responded to a request from local residents to tackle the issue of cars parking too close to the Victoria Avenue and Manawa Road intersection. Drivers on Manawa Road find it hard to see traffic on Victoria Avenue before entering the intersection. These parking restrictions are proposed outside numbers 203 and 209 Victoria Avenue and would result in the removal of 5 on-street car parks.
The broken yellow lines will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being painting on the road. Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
We received positive feedback noting the proposal would create a safer road for all road users.
Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased to hear that our proposal will be an improvement to Victoria Avenue and Manawa Road.
- We received concerns the parking restrictions are too substantial for the variety of people wanting to park: for parents who pick-up and drop-off schoolchildren, visitors to local residents, evening parking for residents and those who park for school functions. The proposed parking removal is required to address safety issues which have caused vehicle crashes and people injured. We have conducted multiple site visits and have established the minimum parking removal required to improve the visibility of this intersection. We have found parking demand is only high during school drop-off and pick-up times and is low for the remainder of the day.
- Respondents raised concerns the proposed parking restrictions sets a precedent for all other intersections on Victoria Avenue (Coombes, Aldred, Ingram) and east end of Manawa Road and Orakei Road. We are currently looking at the safety situation of other intersections at the area. There are sufficient existing broken yellow lines at Manawa Road and Orakei Road intersection. This project, Manawa Road and Victoria Avenue intersection, has a higher safety risk.
- Respondents suggested to remove only 1 parking space on either side of Manawa Road on Victoria Avenue or reduce the existing curve of the white painted lines on Victoria Avenue by up to 2 metres (in front of 209 and 203, loss of 2 parks). We have established the appropriate level of parking removal for this intersection. The suggestion to remove 1 parking space on either side of the intersection or reduce the existing curve will not improve the required visibility as would removing the proposed amount of parking. If we did remove 1 space either side of the intersection, the safety risk would still be significant.
- Respondents suggested adding signs for ‘No Parking’ during the school pick up and drop off hours (similar to outside Bardene College). The crash record at this intersection showed that crashes due to poor visibility happened not only during school pick-up and drop-off hours but also at other times. Broken yellow lines are necessary to provide better visibility at all times.
- Respondents suggested to do nothing and observe over the next year as the surrounding schools will increase in numbers and see how these developments change the situation at the intersection. There is a current safety issue with reported crashes at this intersection due to the poor visibility. The potential school development will only worsen the situation as the chance of parents parking near the corner of intersection will increase.
- Respondents suggested an independent traffic safety review of this intersection. At the Manawa Road intersection there has been 3 recorded crashes over the past 5 years that involve right turn out movements, with 2 of these crashes resulting in injury. This crash data is provided from a national database of reported crashes which provides information on the crash factors and level of injury sustained.
We have conducted multiple site visits at various times during the day and week. From these visits we have established the minimum parking removal that improves the visibility of this intersection. We will continue to monitor this intersection. If the safety issues continue, we will carry out further investigations. Due to these reasons, we will not be seeking an independent traffic review at this time.
- Respondents suggested to reduce the speed limit during peak times in order for vehicles to turn more easily. The intersection is in a school speed zone with 40km/h speed limit during peak times. We have not identified any speed related crashes.
- Many requested additional broken yellow lines at various locations: 1) around the curve and further down Manawa Road as cars will now start to park there from Victoria Avenue. 2) outside 228 Victoria Ave; 2 parking spaces removed. 3) along the remainder of Victoria Avenue and along Sonia Avenue. Thank you for your numerous requests for additional broken yellow lines. We are not looking to increase the amount of parking restrictions due to the demand for on-street parking, especially during pick-up/drop-off hours. Removing parking can result in increased vehicle speeds because it has the effect of visually opening the roadway which gives drivers a greater sense of safety while travelling at faster speeds.
- Respondent requested white parking lines allowing for only one vehicle outside 3 Manawa Road as 2 cars cannot fit. Parking within one metre of a vehicle crossing or driveway is illegal and is outlined in the New Zealand Road Code. All drivers are expected to be aware of the Road Code and may be subject to enforcement action if they park illegally. For this reason, we will only consider installing road markings where there is a regular history of enforcement action which indicates the need to take additional measures. If you notice a vehicle is parked within one metre of this vehicle crossing and blocking access, please call 09 355 3553 with the details of the vehicle.
- Respondents suggested to establish a school zone from the top of Manawa Road and Victoria Avenue to Mahoe Avenue. The current 40km/h school zone is based on the criteria that is set out by New Zealand Transport Agency. This section of road extending to Mahoe Avenue does not meet the criteria.
- Respondent suggested to install speed bumps on Manawa Road as this would help slow down drivers. When reviewing the site, our engineers found the current layout on Manawa Road, Remuera is clearly signed and marked out to ensure drivers understand how the road should operate. We are currently working to a plan to reduce speeds on Auckland’s roads. This plan targets the highest priority areas based on the level of safety risk measured for each road on our network. The initial roll out of speed reduction is focused on approximately 10 per cent of our road network, including residential areas.
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 in the surrounding neighbourhood. This plan will support all drivers to travel at the appropriate speed and to the road conditions.
This programme focuses delivery to areas that have been prioritised for changes to reduce the incidence and impact of crashes. This is based on several factors, including the number of crashes, safety risk, traffic speed, land use and concerns raised by local residents and their elected representatives.
While we do appreciate your concerns, Manawa Road in Remuera 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. We have added your comments to our database to indicate support for safer speeds in your residential area. Find out about our Residential Speed Management program, including the residential areas that will be prioritised for further investigation. We appreciate your feedback and thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.
- Respondent suggested to remove the bus route down Manawa Road as this is unnecessary and causes congestion when cars and buses are trying to pass. Bus routing is not a part of this project, but we have passed the query to the appropriate team for consideration.
These works are planned between April and June 2020, 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.