Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: 20100359
In May 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety across Pakuranga Road near its intersection with Grammar School Road and Johns Lane. We have reviewed all the feedback received over the consultation period and listened to the comments made at the 29 August public meeting. After considering community feedback and upcoming changes on the nearby road network, we are not proceeding with the proposed design.
What happens next
As part of our Safe Speeds Programme, the speed limit along this section of Pakuranga Road will be lowered from 60km/h to 50km/h in January 2023. We will monitor the outcomes of the speed limit reduction to see how it improves safety along the road corridor and reduces the risk to pedestrians crossing Pakuranga Road. The results of this monitoring process will help us decide if further changes are required.
Safety at the intersections of Grammar School Road and Johns Lane was raised as a concern through the consultation process. We will investigate an intersection upgrade, to enhance safety but also to understand any potential impacts on Pakuranga Road and the surrounding road network. If the investigation finds changes are needed, we will share the proposal with the community and request feedback.
Pakuranga Road has seen a lot of change over the past few years to ensure the road is future-ready. Any proposed changes at its intersection with Johns Lane and Grammar School Road will consider the ongoing work in the wider area and the Pakuranga Road route as a whole.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our consultation.
We're proposing improvements in your area
To improve pedestrian safety and access to nearby bus stops, we are proposing to install a raised crossing with traffic signals on Pakuranga Road.
We are proposing to:
- Install a raised crossing with traffic signals at 176 Pakuranga Road. This is a crossing controlled by traffic lights, with a push button for people who need to cross the road. The crossing will have a gentle exit ramp, which provides a smooth ride, especially for large trucks and emergency vehicles.
- Install a new pedestrian island crossing on Grammar School Road. A pedestrian island crossing has a traffic island at the centre of the road, which gives pedestrians a safe place to wait while they cross the road.
- Move the existing bus stop and shelter at 2 Johns Lane to 259 Pakuranga Road
- Move the existing bus stop at 176 Pakuranga Road to the east, closer to the intersection with Grammar School Road
- Install a grass berm at 176 Pakuranga Road and 2 Johns Lane to replace the bus stop parking bays
- Upgrade the existing kerb ramps, which are the short ramps that make it easy to move from the footpath to the street level, on Grammar School Road and Johns Lane
- Install tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to crossings and safely across roads, at the proposed crossings and kerb ramps
- Reshape the existing kerb and traffic islands at Pakuranga Road’s intersections with Grammar School Road and Johns Lane to ensure vehicles can move smoothly around them
- Paint broken yellow lines at 174 to 176 Pakuranga Road and 253 to 259 Pakuranga Road to keep the road clear. This will remove 12 on-street parking spaces.
These changes aim to make crossing Pakuranga Road safer and easier. Pakuranga Road is a busy arterial road. Over 21,000 vehicles drive along this stretch of road per day, and about 200 people use the nearby bus stops.
The closest pedestrian crossings are 300 to 500 m away in both directions. People need a safe way to cross Pakuranga Road, especially the students of the nearby schools and people taking the bus.
The raised crossings would slow drivers to a safer speed near the crossing point and the intersection with Grammar School Road and Johns Lane. The traffic lights would help stop drivers so people can cross the road safely. The lights would only turn red to stop drivers when a pedestrian has pushed the pedestrian crossing request button.
As part of these changes, we are proposing to move the bus stop at 2 Johns Lane so it is closer to the new pedestrian crossing. The upgraded kerb ramps will make walking in the area easier and more accessible, especially for people with prams or wheelchairs.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to 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.
Pakuranga: 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 Pakuranga 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).