Proposal status: Feedback closed 23 July 2021
Reference number: MIP2122-001
In July 2021, we proposed changes to give people a safe way to cross the road near the Onepoto Domain entrance on Exmouth Road, Northcote. These changes are in response to concerns raised by residents regarding poor pedestrian facilities connecting the footpath from Onepoto Domain with the bus stops on Exmouth Road. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the following changes:
- Relocating the existing bus stop and shelter on the north side of the street opposite the Onepoto Domain entrance to opposite 81 Exmouth Road.
- Relocating the existing bus stop at 77 Exmouth Road to 73 Exmouth Road.
- Installing the raised zebra crossing between the bus stops near the entrance to Onepoto Domain.
- The removal of approximately 15 parking spaces rather than the 18 parking spaces originally proposed.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in the 2022-2023 financial year. We will be in touch with local residents prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. The majority of respondents were supportive of this proposal and expressed that the proposal would improve pedestrian safety and help to reduce speeding on Exmouth Road. We have changed the design of the proposal based on the suggestions we received from the local community to separate the bus stops and install the raised zebra crossing between the bus stops. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
Raised Zebra Crossing
- Concern that the proposed crossing location will make it unsafe to access driveways in the area.
The design will include tracking for all the nearby driveways to ensure that people can enter and exit the driveways safely.
- Concern about the noise pollution from vehicles and buses braking and accelerating over the raised crossing.
We do not expect that there will be excessive braking required at this location as the advance warning signs will ensure drivers have enough time to slow down before the crossing. Additionally, the Swedish-style of the raised crossing is low impact.
- Suggestion to move the proposed crossing close to Sylvan Avenue and to remove the bus stops at this location.
This option would reduce access to public transport and the nearby parks, which goes against the aims of this proposal: to improve connections to promote active modes of transport and public transport.
- Suggestion to move the proposed crossing to 85 Exmouth Road.
The raised zebra crossing will serve bus and park patrons, so the most suitable location is by the bus stops and the entrance of Onepoto Domain.
- Query regarding the background of this request, the necessity of having a raised crossing, and who will use the crossing.
This proposal was requested for by members of the public concerned that there are no pedestrian facilities near this entrance to Onepoto Domain. These changes will provide a safe raised zebra crossing that connects the footpath from Onepoto Domain with the bus stops on Exmouth Road and will serve bus and park patrons. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, and these changes help support our goal.
- Concern about the removal of 18 parking spaces and query regarding if there is a way to have the crossing without losing so many parking spaces such as putting yellow lines 15m around the crossing instead of 34m. Concern that the removal of parking will result in more people parking on the by-road on Exmouth Road which may be dangerous and make it difficult for people to access their driveways.
We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal while maintaining good lines of sight. The changes that have been made to the design reduce the removal of parking spaces from 18 to approximately 15 car parks. The proposed parking restrictions are legally required for visibility around pedestrian crossings and bus stops. Parking demand in this area is considered to be medium-low and there is adequate on-street parking even with the removal of these parking spaces and most houses have driveways for off-street parking.
- Concern that there are currently not enough car parks to accommodate people using Onepoto Domain, which will be made worse with the proposal.
This proposal encourages the use of public transport and active modes of transport by improving connections and providing a safe pedestrian facility to access Onepoto Domain. This will reduce the reliance on vehicle travel to Onepoto Domain.
- Concern about the other projects on Exmouth Road and Sylvan Ave which are also removing parking.
Issues on Sylvan Avenue are out of the scope of this proposal. The houses in this area all have driveways to provide off-street parking for residents.
- Concern about speeding problem on Exmouth Road and the intersection of Exmouth Road and Deuxberry Avenue and request for speed calming north of Deuxberry Avenue on Exmouth Road.
Speeding is now dealt with on an area-wide basis. Please see our Residential Speed Management programme for more information. This raised zebra crossing will act as speed calming by slowing down drivers approaching the crossing.
- Concern about people on the bus being able to look directly into resident’s street-facing bedrooms.
The aim of this proposal is to provide a safe crossing facility for people on Exmouth Road and promote active modes and public transport by improving connections. This issue is not related to this proposal.
- Request that the by-road has a one-way sign with the direction of road flow to reduce risks of collisions.
The by-road is not currently legally designated as a one-way road, but this will be investigated when completing this project.
- Request for the feasibility report of the project and query regarding why we created this proposal when we previously refused to add a speed hump on Exmouth Road citing it would disrupt the busses.
All proposals are reviewed internally and are justified before going to the public for consultation. This proposal is designed to be bus-friendly. The crossing will be raised on a Swedish-style speed table which is a flat, wide speed bump with a gentler exit than a standard raised table and so will give a smoother ride for drivers and passengers.
- Suggestion that the image is updated as it does not show recent developments.
The aerial image we have used in the drawing is the most up to date image available. The latest developments will be acknowledged in the final plans.
Our proposal received a range of feedback that highlighted how important journeys along Exmouth Road are to the local community. The process of reviewing the feedback has taken longer than anticipated. We aim to publish an overview of it, and the outcome of the proposal, on this webpage in the next couple of months. We thank everyone for sending us feedback and apologise for this delay. We will be back in contact as soon as possible.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
The community has asked us to make crossing the road safer near the Onepoto Domain. We are proposing to install a raised zebra crossing at 79 Exmouth Road, Northcote. One bus stop will also be moved slightly.
We are proposing to:
- Install a raised zebra crossing across 79 Exmouth Road.
- Install broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) on both sides of the pedestrian crossing. This will result in the removal of 18 parking spaces.
- Relocate one bus stop a small distance on the south side of Exmouth Road.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. These changes respond to customers feeling unsafe crossing Exmouth Road. This project would give people a safe way to cross the street to get to the bus stops and would promote active modes and public transport by improving connections.
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.
- This proposal is supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Northcote: 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 Exmouth 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).