18 Mansel Drive, Warkworth – Raised Pedestrian Crossing 18 Mansel Drive, Warkworth – Raised Pedestrian Crossing

Proposal status: Feedback closed.

Reference number: 20100539

Proposal outcome

In January 2023, we proposed changes to improve road crossing safety for pedestrians and cyclists at 18 Mansel Drive, Warkworth. After reviewing all the feedback we received, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support Tāmaki Makaurau’s Vision Zero goal.

What happens next 

We anticipate the changes will be constructed in June 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.

Community feedback

Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. Here are some of the comments that will help support us in making New Zealand’s roads safer:

  • “Good for the retirement village residents”
  • “Trimming trees and more lighting is good”
  • Supports the proposal as concerned about the safety of the residents at Summerset Falls Retirement Village with the increased volumes of vehicles that have excessive speeds down Mansel Drive. 

The following is a summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions.

Community feedback: Suggestion that the money could be better spent somewhere else while also providing greater benefit to the local community. Suggestion that the road is good enough as is, and money could be spent in areas where there is deterioration and lack of maintenance.

Our response: We prioritise projects for areas in need of safety improvements. This location has been highlighted as one of them. The purpose of installing a raised zebra crossing is to significantly improve safety for all road users. Raised zebra crossings are effective in achieving lower speeds and reducing the likelihood and severity of injury in the case of a crash.

The aim of this proposal is to achieve speeds of 30km/hr at this crossing, which is within the range of survivable speeds and escaping death or serious injury. It will also raise crossing pedestrians to eye-level of approaching drivers, making pedestrians more visible to approaching drivers.

Community feedback: Concern that a raised crossing does not provide any safety benefit and increases pollution, congestion and vehicle maintenance, are noisy, are a hindrance to emergency vehicles and may cause additional injury or delay emergency response times and cause traffic backlogs.

Our response: Raised crossing have the safety benefit of lowering speeds which reduces the likelihood and severity of injury if a crash occurs. The proposed raised zebra crossing height of 75mm and ramp gradient of 1:15 we assume it would not cause any congestion and is unlikely to contribute to the noise and vibration level.

Emergency response services like FENZ might favour the height and width compared to any other. Safer crossing spaces promotes the use of active modes which can help to reduce pollution.

We're proposing improvements in your area

On behalf of Rodney Local Board, we are proposing to improve pedestrian safety by installing a raised zebra crossing on 18 Mansel Drive, Warkworth.

This project is funded by the Local Board Transport Capital Fund. This fund is used to make improvements based on community priorities, which may not be covered by other programmes of work. The improvements will be delivered by AT on behalf of your local board.

We are proposing to:

  • Construct a new raised zebra crossing outside 18 Mansel Drive. This will be raised to a platform level with the footpath.
  • Install new streetlights to highlight the new crossing and speed alert signs encouraging drivers to slow down.
  • Install tactile pavers at all new crossing points. These are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
  • Trim the nearby trees to improve visibility.
  • Remove the existing pedestrian island outside 18 Mansel Drive.

Download the proposal drawing for Mansel Drive (PDF 469KB)

These changes would:

  • make it more comfortable for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross the road as the crossing is level with the footpath
  • slow motorists to a safer speed
  • raise pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road to be at eye-level of approaching motorists, making them easier to see from a distance
  • improve visibility between motorists and people waiting to cross the road.

There is no impact on parking in this area.

Warkworth: 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 Mansel 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).