Proposal status: Feedback closed
Reference number: 20100538
In May 2023, Auckland Transport and Rodney Local Board proposed to build a raised zebra crossing outside the Leigh General Store and near Leigh School. 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 August/September 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for providing feedback on our survey. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
People expressed that it would benefit their community by making it safer for people crossing the road, especially children, families, and the elderly and that it would slow down drivers at the intersection.
Suggestion that the crossing should be close to the school entrance, near Totara Street. This is the most dangerous place and where most people cross.
Our response: The suggested location of Hauraki Road is on the top of a hill. Putting a crossing here would be unsafe as it would be difficult for approaching motorists to see the crossing and people using it. The proposed location is safer for all road users and so it was one of the main reasons that the crossing has been proposed closer to the shop side of the school.
Concern that putting a crossing near the intersection is dangerous.
Our response: The raised crossing will make the intersection safer by helping to reduce speeds. It will provide safety benefits for pedestrians crossing the road and for motorists turning at the side roads.
Suggestion that a crossing is not required.
Our response: Rodney Local Board and Auckland Transport aim to improve safety for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and a raised crossing is an effective way to reduce speeds and reduce the risk of death or serious injury if a crash occurred.
Request to install a crossing at each school entrance, especially as the other entrance is near the preschool.
Our response: We appreciate your suggestion to improve your local neighbourhood. Currently, we are not looking at installing a second crossing or move the proposed one away from both the school and businesses.
Request for a standard crossing, especially as a raised crossing negatively impacts boats and trailers.
Our response: The raised crossing is designed to slow drivers down where pedestrians are most vulnerable. This raised crossing will be 100mm high with a 1:15 grade slope which will make it gentle to travel over. The crossing is unlikely to impact trailers/boats and would be easy for general vehicle traffic including vehicles with trailers to travel over.
Request for a designated crossing with flashing lights which can be activated during school start and finishing times.
Our response: Activated flashing lights are not a standard design feature and would make the crossing inconsistent with others in the region. The crossing will have flashing orange globe lights which will make the crossing easy to see, especially during low light conditions. Each side of the crossing also has a barrier arm with a 'STOP School Patrol' sign which will be used before and after school.
Concern about the associated parking removal at the shops.
Our response: When we propose to install raised crossings, safety is the primary rationale. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we designed a crossing that was safe for the community whilst minimising the removal of parking as much as possible. There is parking available nearby along Hauraki Road and the side streets.
We also received the following requests from respondents and submitted them for investigation. We appreciate your suggestions to improve your local neighbourhood.
- Concern that the speed is 30km/h during school pickup times, but it does not include the preschool pickup times. Request for it to be 30km/h until 3:45pm to accommodate those leaving preschool.
- Request to redo the footpath opposite the preschool.
- Request to remove the 50km/h sign outside Leigh School which covers Hauraki Road and the proposed pedestrian crossing.
This project is funded by Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate.
Phone: 09 930 5090
We're proposing improvements in your area
Auckland Transport and Rodney Local Board are proposing to build a raised zebra crossing outside the Leigh General Store.
- The crossing would be raised to be level with the footpath and have traffic islands at the crossing points to shorten the crossing distance.
- We have minimised the removal of parking as much as possible. 3 parking spaces would need to be removed to create a safe crossing.
We want to work with you to deliver a safe crossing facility in your neighbourhood. These changes would:
- 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.
- Make it easier for motorists to see people waiting to cross the road.
- Make it more comfortable for people with prams and wheelchairs to cross the road as the crossing is level with the footpath.
- Improve walking connections to the nearby school, shops, and skate park.
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.
Leigh: Safe with us
This project supports Tāmaki Makaurau’s commitment to Vision Zero, an ambitious transport safety vision, with the goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. This approach acknowledges that as people we all make mistakes, however a mistake should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. It’s also an approach that values everyone using the road, not just those in vehicles.