Collier Drive, Flat Bush – Raised Zebra Crossing Collier Drive, Flat Bush – Raised Zebra Crossing

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: MIP2122-024

Proposal update

The construction is planned to begin between August to December 2022. Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.

Proposal outcome

In October 2021, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Collier Drive in Flat Bush by installing a raised zebra crossing. 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 the 2022 to 2023 financial year, between July 2022 and June 2023. We will be in touch with nearby residents prior to any construction taking place.

Community feedback

Thank you for adding your voice to this proposal. Your local knowledge has helped us make this decision for your neighbourhood. The majority of respondents, including Ormiston Senior College, supported the proposal telling us they believe the changes will improve safety for the schoolchildren in the area and reduce driving speeds on Collier Drive.

Here is a summary of other comments from the community and our responses to them:

1. Query about whether or not Collier Drive is a school zone because of Ormiston Senior College, and if so, if signage should be installed.

At present, Collier Drive is not a school speed zone. School speed zones are approved through speed limit bylaws. Making any speed limit changes, including variable school speed zones, is a complex legal process that requires us to run a widespread consultation before we can make any changes.

The current process for school speed zones is very intensive and is usually done on a road-by-road basis, using existing Waka Kotahi NZTA guidelines. These are based on numbers like the average vehicle speeds, crash history and number of pedestrians walking or being dropped off or picked up outside school frontage.

However, we are in the process of adopting school speed zones outside all schools as part of a 10-year programme done in collaboration with Waka Kotahi NZTA, that will be rolled out by all road controlling authorities in New Zealand. Speed limits around all urban schools will be reduced to 30km/h or 40km/h, and roads around rural schools will be limited to a maximum of 60km/h.

We are currently prioritising all schools in Auckland along with all other workstreams such as rural roads and public requested roads to determine what will be included in future tranches of speed limit changes.

2. Concern that the crossing will cause noise for nearby residents.

The causes of noise and vibration issues are complex and can be dependent on numerous factors such as imperfections on the road surface, the speed of vehicles, the weight of vehicles, weak soil, and the foundation, construction materials and condition of houses. We have observed no significant surface imperfections or other risk factors that would contribute to excessive noise or vibration on the road surface in the vicinity of the proposed crossing.

We will continue to undertake regular maintenance on the road as is required. There is additional information relating to noise and vibration that can be found on the Waka Kotahi NZTA website.

Proposal details

We’re proposing improvements in your area

Following a request from the community, we are proposing to improve the safety of the people and schoolchildren walking in your neighbourhood by installing a raised zebra crossing on Collier Drive in Flat Bush.

To make these changes, we would:

  • Install a raised zebra crossing near 27 Collier Drive, which is a pedestrian crossing painted over a wide, flat speed bump.
  • Install tactile pavers on the footpaths at the proposed crossing, which are yellow textured tiles that help visually impaired people find their way.
  • Remove the existing pedestrian kerb ramp crossing point at the south corner of Collier Drive and Gliston Avenue.
  • Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on the approaches to the crossing to maintain good lines of sight. This would remove approximately 12 on-street parking spaces.
  • Paint new road markings and install new signage for the proposed crossing.

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We have designed this crossing to improve pedestrian safety, especially for the kids of the Ormiston schools. Our pedestrian surveys have shown that this crossing point over Collier Drive is a key part of many students’ journey to school.

The proposed raised table would slow drivers to a safer speed, and the crossing would be raised to be level with the footpath so it is comfortable for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross. We would increase the visibility of the crossing by installing advisory signs and painting new road markings, so drivers would be aware of the new speed bump and the need to look out for pedestrians crossing the road. Painting broken yellow lines (no stopping at any timelines) at the proposed crossing would help keep the road clear so drivers and people using the crossing can see each other. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal while maintaining good lines of sight.

Flat Bush: 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 Collier Drive 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).