Consultation status: closed 2 December 2016
We are looking to install a signalised pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Wootton Road and Remuera Road to improve pedestrians' safety.
Why the changes are required
Site observations show a high volume of pedestrians are crossing the intersection of Wootton Road and Remuera Road and as there is no current traffic phasing for pedestrians there, people are unsure when it is safest to cross.
The pedestrian crossing lights will improve safety for everyone using the intersection by providing a formal crossing point.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received a majority of positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Suggestion that the crossing is not considered to be necessary as Wootton Road is quite narrow and has very good visibility for pedestrians. Our site observations and feedback from the consultation indicated that pedestrians hesitate to cross as they are unsure if vehicles will be turning right into Wootton Road from Remuera Road. The purpose of the pedestrian crosswalk is to eliminate such conflict so that pedestrians can cross safely. Traffic survey shows that there is a number of people crossing Wotton Road who would greatly benefit from the proposed crosswalk, especially children, pedestrians with visual or mobility impairment, visitors to the Auckland Family Medical Centre and people walking to Newmarket Train Station.
- Concerns about the sound generated by the pedestrian crossing. The sound is required so that visually impaired people are able to locate the push button to call the phase to cross the road. The pedestrian pole will only sound if the push button is activated. However, we will consider muting the sound during night time.
- Concern that the proposal will create delay for traffic coming out of Wootton Road and Ely Avenue as well as along Remuera Road. The traffic signal phasing at the Wootton Road and Remuera Road intersection is programmed to ensure the most efficient operation of the network. As Wootton Road is a local road, during peak travel times the phasing gives the maximum amount of time to Remuera Road which is the main road with heavier traffic flow. Traffic on Wootton Road is only called when the vehicle sensors register the presence of vehicles. We don’t anticipate an additional delay for traffic on Wootton Road or St Marks Road as a result of the proposed crosswalk. The pedestrian phase will only be activated when a person pushes the button and will operate at the same time than the phasing for Remuera Road.
- Request to also install a crossing from No. 96 to 99 Remuera Road. At this stage an additional crosswalk at this location is not considered as a priority as there is already a pedestrian crosswalk across Remuera Road.
- Suggestion that the money would be better expended by installing pram crossings at Wootton Rd and Ely Avenue or upgrading the footpath along Wootton Road. We acknowledge that the footpath on Wootton Road is narrow and it can be challenging for mobility impaired people to access Wootton Road. The proposed pedestrian crossing would allow people with disability to cross at Wootton Road rather than near Ely Avenue where there is no dropped kerb.
We will reflect on your comment regarding the footpath condition to the Road Maintenance Team.
- Suggestion to add No stopping at all times (NSAAT) on both sides of Wootton Rd to avoid traffic congestion. The removal of on-street parking in predominantly residential areas is only carried out when safety or accessibility is compromised. Wootton Road already has NSAAT restrictions along one side of the road, which provides sufficient space for vehicles to travel through when vehicles are parked. As on-street parking is a valuable resource for the community, the NSAAT restriction will remain on one side of the road only.
We expect to introduce this work in the next financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.