Proposal status: Feedback closed 9 July 2021
Reference number: BYL-509
In June 2021, we proposed changes to on-street parking to improve visibility for drivers traveling south around the bend on Gills Road, Albany Heights. These changes are in response to concerns from residents who reported poor driver visibility when vehicles are parked on both sides of the bend. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be by mid-September 2021. We will be in touch with residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
A number of respondents were supportive of the proposal, and in their feedback, they reported visibility issues for drivers around the bend on Gills road, noting the narrowness of the road when cars parked around the bend, and referred to witnessing accidents which had taken place at the proposed location.
- Concern that pedestrian’s safety will be negatively impacted by drivers/residents having to walk along Gills road due to lack of nearby parking. These changes were in response to concerns raised by residents about parked cars blocking Gills Road. Our investigations indicate that vehicles parked at the bend on Gills Road pose safety and visibility issues for drivers travelling along this road. We believe the current proposal will ensure that the road is accessible for all vehicles and pedestrians, hence will create a safer environment.
- Request to address the lack of walkways along Gills Road to Albany Village causing pedestrians to walk on the road, increasing likelihood of incidents. The construction of a pedestrian footpath is currently out of scope for this proposal, which focuses on driver visibility issues on Gills Road, specifically around the bend. If you would like to lodge a request for future development works, please go here.
- Concern with large developments in the area that removal of parking in the area will have negative impact on residents. These changes were in response to concerns raised by residents about parked cars blocking Gills Road. To reduce the impact of parking loss for residents, we have proposed broken yellow lines on just one side of Gills Road. We understand that parking removal can be inconvenient and have minimised the number of parking spaces removed while also ensuring road user’s safety is maintained.
- Request for speed restrictions on Gills road as alternative measure to improve driver and pedestrian safety. Our investigations indicate that vehicles parked at the bend on Gills Road pose safety and visibility issues for drivers travelling along this road; unfortunately, speed restrictions wouldn’t address the highlighted safety issue.
- Request a community survey on what resident’s feel is needed. These changes were in response to concerns raised by residents about parked cars blocking Gills Road. If you would like any request to be considered by us for future development works, please go here.
- Concerned that project is unnecessary and does not solve the problem of cars speeding in the area. These changes were in response to concerns raised by residents about parked cars blocking Gills Road. Our investigations indicate that vehicles parked at the bend on Gills Road pose safety and visibility issues for drivers travelling along this road. We believe the current proposal will ensure that the road is accessible for all vehicles and will create a safer environment.
Broken Yellow Lines
- Request to remove broken yellow lines on Silver Moon Road, concern that the restrictions on parking are unnecessary. On-street parking is an important public asset and requires careful consideration when proposing any changes. The broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times lines) on Silver Moon Road were installed to ensure that vehicles don’t park around the bend and block access for residents and emergency services, as this length of Silver Moon Road is classified as Narrow road section.
Miscellaneous Project Request
- Request that construction on the Oteha Valley Road to Gills Road connection begins instead of current proposal. Unfortunately, the Gills Road link was not allocated funding in the 2021-2031 Regional Land Transport Plan. As there isn’t funding available, AT’s Board agreed with the recommendation to defer consideration of that project until 2030-35. Other safety issues along Gills road can addressed in the interim.
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.
An investigation by Auckland Transport has revealed safety concerns regarding on-street parking on Gills Road, Albany Heights, around the bend east of Silver Moon Road. To make this road safer, we are proposing some changes to parking and are asking for your feedback.
We are proposing to paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times controls) along the bend on Gills Road that is east of Silver Moon Road. This will result in the loss of approximately 18 parking spaces.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. Vehicles parked on the bend obstruct the view of drivers travelling south on Gills Road. Installing the proposed broken yellow lines would improve visibility and safety for all people in the area. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal whilst maintaining clear lines of sight.
Please note that the aerial image used is the most up to date available, and it does not reflect recent property development in the area.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
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.
Albany 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 Gills 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).