Proposal status: Feedback closed 30 July 2020, last updated 25 August 2020.
Reference number: BYL-466
In July 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To make Egret Court safer and more accessible and to prevent parked cars from blocking the road, we proposed to paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) markings along one side of the street. The proposal involved removing 6 car parking spaces on this narrow street.
Unsworth Heights: 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 Egret Court 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).
The road marking changes will proceed as proposed. Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- The majority of respondents supported the proposal and agreed that the proposed changes will improve accessibility and safety on this narrow road.
We wish to thank those who took the time to respond to our request for feedback on new parking restrictions. We believe that restricting parking to one side of the street only will help resolve the accessibility and visibility issues experienced by residents of this narrow street.
- Multiple respondents were concerned that the number of parked cars on the road makes driving on this street difficult and unsafe.
Egret Court is a narrow road and vehicles parked on both sides of the street block access for residents and emergency services. By painting broken yellow lines on one side of the street we aim to have cars park on the other side of the street. The changes would prevent cars from parking next to each other, on either side of the road, which will improve accessibility and safety for road users.
- Respondents who live at the far end of Egret Court requested to extend the broken yellow lines around the corner of 10-12 Egret Court opposite the parking bay. Parked vehicles make accessing the properties at this end of the street (5, 7, 9, 12) difficult for both residents and for rubbish collection vehicles.
Auckland Transport tries to restrict the use of broken yellow line markings as overuse where they are not necessary can decrease their effectiveness. Broken yellow lines permanently remove parking for residents, so careful consideration is given to the location of such restrictions, which need to achieve maximum safety while retaining maximum parking. Broken yellow lines are not considered necessary around the corner of 10-12 Egret Court as there is a parking bay opposite these houses. This arrangement provides enough space on the road for residents and emergency services to access the end of the street.
- A respondent was concerned that vehicles park for long periods of time on this narrow stretch of road. One vehicle has not been moved from the roadside for 3 months.
We appreciate and share your concerns and suggest that if a vehicle is not parked legally, for example does not have a registration and/or Warrant of Fitness, then please phone our call centre on 09 355 3553. The team can arrange an inspection and enforcement for any infringements.
- A respondent suggested that instead of broken yellow lines a "no parking except in designated areas" sign is installed on the entrance to the street and that some additional parking bays are installed.
There are no approved signs we can install on a street entrance to restrict parking to only designated areas and AT would not be able to issue tickets to people who parked illegally. Additional parking bays would require a major change to the road layout and is not feasible for this project due to budget constraints.
These works are planned between October and December 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.