Proposal status: closed 19 March 2019, updated 9 April
Reference number: BYL-384
We've proposed changes in your area
In March 2019, we proposed new broken yellow lines near the pedestrian crossing at 4 Wellington Street in Howick.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve visibility for pedestrians crossing the road.
Currently, cars parked too close to the crossing can block the view of oncoming traffic along Wellington Street and turning out of the adjacent car park.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported the proposed addition of broken yellow lines near the pedestrian refuge island.
- Requests to extend broken yellow lines further as driving down this road is considered unsafe and too hectic.
- On the left-hand side heading towards Picton Street there need to be more broken yellow lines as this impacts the sight line when exiting the carpark.
- On the opposite lane there should be more yellow lines at the bottom end heading towards Fencible Drive as this is also impacts line of sight for cars exiting the carpark.
- On the upper side near Picton Street there should be extra restrictions, as this may impact car parking space for the shops, there is a suggestion for a 2-3 metres so only 1x car park space would be lost.
- Several requests for the broken yellow lines to continue further south to Wellington Street towards the two entrances to 24 Wellington Street (The Terraces), particularly between the two ramps that serve as vehicle access. Visibility is very poor here.
There is a significant parking demand in this area due to the number of shops and businesses nearby. Our proposal will help improve sight lines for pedestrians crossing at the refuge island while retaining as much parking as possible. Parked vehicles further along Wellington Street create a road narrowing effect and encourage reduced vehicle speeds along the road. Extending the broken yellow lines further along Wellington Street will create a more open road environment and may have the adverse effect of increasing speeds.
Additionally, vehicles exiting nearby car parks are considered to have sufficient visibility and can slowly edge out beyond parked vehicles to improve sightlines if they need to.
- Respondent would like for the parking to remain here as the adjacent car parks are too small.
We have minimised the removal of parking to only what is necessary to ensure that pedestrians crossing at the refuge island have sufficient visibility of approaching vehicles.
- Due to the relocation of shops, this crossing isn't used as much. People use the footpath from the Terrace up to Wellington Street. It is from this footpath exit where people cross Wellington Street and where the pedestrian crossing would be better suited.
Although some pedestrians may choose not to cross at this location, the presence of the central refuge island and side islands mean that any pedestrians that choose to cross here should have sufficient visibility of oncoming vehicles which is what the proposal will provide.
- AT focus should be put on the southeast crossing at the Picton Street/Wellington Street roundabout.
The crossing points around the roundabout have existing broken yellow lines adjacent to them which provide enough visibility for pedestrians to safely cross.
- Respondent didn't know this was a crossing and if motorists were supposed to stop here.
Motorists are not required to stop for pedestrians crossing at the refuge island here. The refuge islands are only a facility to assist any pedestrians that want to cross here.
- There are many cars speeding around the corner from Picton Street making it so unsafe to cross here.
Parked vehicles can create a road narrowing effect and encourage reduced vehicles speeds along the road. Excess removal of parking can have the adverse effect of increasing vehicle speeds by creating a more open road environment. Our proposal will help improve sight lines for pedestrians crossing at the refuge island while retaining as much parking as possible.
This work will happen before November, and 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.