Auckland Transport

Hurstmere Road, Takapuna - Intersection Improvements

Consultation status: closed 20 February 2017

We are proposing the following improvements:

1) Lake Rd, The Strand, Hurstmere Rd and Northcroft St Intersection Improvements:

  • New kerb buildout between Lake Rd and Hurstmere Rd and removal of left turn from Lake Rd into Hurstmere Rd.
  • Enable buses to proceed straight ahead from the left turn lane on Lake Rd.
  • Removal of left slip lane from The Strand into Lake Rd and revised kerb buildout.
  • Signalised pedestrian crossing realignment and install new tactile pavers.
  • New/reinstated No Stopping restrictions on Lake Rd, Hurstmere Rd and around the new kerb buildout between Lake Rd and The Strand.
  • New/relocated road markings.

2) Hurstmere Rd, Anzac St, The Strand Roundabout Improvements:

  • Upgraded pedestrian crossings to raised zebra crossings with tactile pavers across Anzac St and The Strand.
  • New kerb buildouts at the corner of Hurstmere Rd/The Strand and Hurstmere Rd/Anzac St and removing one car parking space from each.
  • New No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) on Anzac St and The Strand.
  • Upgrade of the roundabout with a mountable apron.

Why the changes are required

We have identified opportunities to improve the efficiency and experience for all road users at these significant Takapuna locations.

Lake Rd, The Strand, Hurstmere Rd, Northcroft St intersection.

Changes are needed to improve the pedestrian experience and reprioritise traffic movement. Removing the slip lane between Lake Rd and Hurstmere Rd is preferred due to the low traffic volume using this lane compared to the high pedestrian activity. To help improve travel times for bus services, buses will be allowed to travel straight ahead from the left turn lane on Lake Rd.
Removal of the left turn slip lane from The Strand provides a safer environment for pedestrians and vehicles from this road.

Hurstmere Rd, Anzac St, The Strand roundabout.

Vehicles currently have priority over pedestrians crossing The Strand. Our observations show it is unclear for drivers and in many cases vehicles give way to pedestrians. We would like to formalise this and give pedestrians priority at this busy crossing.
The existing refuge island on Anzac St is greatly used and installing a raised zebra crossing is needed to provide priority and safer passage for pedestrians.

View the current Hurstmere Rd Intersection locations (PDF 230KB)

Download the consultation plans:

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposals received overall support in general, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposals will proceed with some minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Question about the position and right of way at The Strand zebra crossing at Hurstmere Rd, Anzac St and The Strand Roundabout. This is a key intersection in the Takapuna Metropolitan Centre. The current proposed position will allow room for the roundabout to operate normally with one car stopped before the zebra crossing. This is considered appropriate as vehicles in the area travel at slow speeds and there is adequate visibility of vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians. The conversion of the existing pedestrian crossing facilities on The Strand and Anzac Street to zebra crossings will resolve the confusion regarding right of way at these locations and also help redress the balance between general traffic and pedestrians. Pedestrians using the zebra crossings will have right of way over other road users as per the New Zealand Road Code.
  • Concern about the removal of slip lanes and free left turn causing delays at Lake Rd, The Strand, Hurstmere Rd and Northcroft Street Intersection. We anticipate some additional delay at the intersection during peak period times, particularly for vehicles turning left from The Strand into Lake Road. We consider these potential delays as acceptable, given the benefits to pedestrians as a result of reduced vehicle speeds, the introduction of the kerb buildouts and simplified crossing facilities.
  • Request for additional works. We will investigate the feasibility of improvements to the street lighting and footpaths as part of the detailed design process. It may also be possible to replace some existing street furniture, such as the bollards with planters, however these may be more expensive to maintain, and this will be taken into account. Requests for cycling infrastructure have been considered and we envisage including advance stop boxes in the detail design phase. Please note, suggestions relating to Hurstmere Road have been passed onto the Hurstmere Road Upgrade team for consideration in the development of that project.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work throughout 2017/18, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. The Hurstmere Road Upgrade Project may also influence scheduling the construction for these intersection improvements. Further information regarding the timing of this project will be available on our website at a later date. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.