Proposal status: Feedback closed 13 May 2021. Last updated 8 June 2021.
Reference number: MIP2021-024
In April 2021, we proposed changes to improve the intersection at the Highbrook Drive and Business Parade North intersection in East Tamaki. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
We are planning to:
- Convert the existing through lane on Business Parade North to a shared through and right turning lane.
- Reduce the kerb on the south-west pedestrian island to allow safe tracking for heavy vehicles.
- Reduce the median island on western leg of Highbrook Drive to allow safe tracking for heavy vehicles.
- Re-align the signalised crossing and traffic signal poles across Business Parade South.
- Paint new road markings to support the new, installed intersection improvements.
This project is supported by the Regional Fuel Tax fund.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed between July 2021 and 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. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern that the proposal will prevent drivers, who are travelling East, from exiting without having to queue with the motorway traffic. Suggestion to have an exit from the business park in all directions that doesn’t involve driving towards Highbrook Drive.
Currently there are heavy queues on Business Parade North during the afternoon/evening peak, due to the number of drivers turning right on Highbrook Drive. These changes will reduce the likelihood of this happening by providing two lanes from which drivers can turn right. Creating an alternative exit from Business Parade North would involve significant capital works which are not feasible at this time.
- Concern that the proposal will have minimal benefit for pedestrians or cyclists.
The primary objective of this project is to address the issues created by significant numbers of right turners using the existing through lane on Business Parade North to turn right.
- Concern that the proposal does not include any pedestrian or cycling infrastructure.
This is a relatively lower cost project funded through our Minor Improvements Programme which aims to mitigate the safety concerns and also reduce delays at the intersection. Removing slip lanes and providing cycling infrastructure would require significant capital works and are not currently feasible as part of this programme.
- Concern that the proposal will exacerbate the issue of traffic congestion at the intersection.
The proposed changes will allow drivers to use two lanes to turn right from Business Parade North onto Highbrook Drive. This is expected to reduce queue lengths and delays for drivers on Business Parade North.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing some improvements to the intersection at Highbrook Drive and Business Parade North in East Tamaki and are asking for your views.
The changes we are proposing:
- Change the existing through lane on Business Parade North to a shared through and right turning lane.
- Reduce the kerb at the pedestrian island on the south-west of Business Parade South and reduce the median island on western side of Highbrook Drive to allow vehicles to safely turn.
- Re-align the kerb ramp crossing, signalised crossing and traffic signal poles across Business Parade South.
- Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
- Paint new road markings to reflect the changes.
You have told us that this intersection experiences congestion for right turning vehicles on Business Parade North, particularly during the afternoon peak period. We also know that motorists occasionally use the existing through lane on Business Parade North to 'queue jump' and turn right which creates a safety risk for all road users. Therefore, these changes aim to reduce the delay for right turning vehicles and improve road safety at this intersection.
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.
This project is supported by the regional fuel tax fund.
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.
East Tamaki: 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 Highbrook Drive and Business Parade North 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).