Consultation status: closed 29 March 2018
Proposal reference: MIP1718-048A
We are proposing;
- A raised zebra crossing on Waitemata Road at the intersection with Jutland Road.
- A raised zebra crossing on Walter Street at the intersection with Jutland Road.
- To convert the existing zebra crossing on Jutland Road outside Hauraki School into a raised zebra crossing.
- A pedestrian refuge island on Jutland Road between Waitemata Road and Sydney Street.
- New broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times restrictions) resulting in a loss of approximately 22 parking spaces.
Why the changes are needed
- During Hauraki School start and finish times, parents park their cars along Jutland Road and on streets off Jutland Road. They walk their children along Jutland Road. Currently, there are no pedestrian crossing facilities across Waitemata Road and Walter Street. Pedestrian crossings across these streets will provide increased safety for school children and other pedestrians walking along Jutland Road.
- The three raised tables will slow down vehicles speeds and create a safer environment.
- Currently, there is no safe crossing point for pedestrians, especially parents with young children, to get to the Lake Town Green playground on Jutland Road between Waitemata Road and Sydney Street. The proposed pedestrian refuge island will provide a safe place for pedestrians to wait when crossing Jutland Road to the playground.
- Additional parking restrictions will be installed to provide adequate sight distances and tracking of vehicles.
The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
- Requests for an additional crossing or crossings towards Stone Street, Jutland Road and Northboro Road. The aim of this project is to provide a safe passage for parents and children walking along Jutland Road to and from the school. Parents who pick up and drop off their kids do not generally park as far away as Northboro Road and Stone Street. Hence, these streets are not within the scope of the project.
- Request for broken yellow lines on Pine Ridge Terrace. Pine Ridge Terrace is located towards the end of Jutland Road. The traffic volume on this road is relatively low. With the number of parking spaces lost as part of the proposed zebra crossings, we need to keep as much parking as possible on Pine Ridge Terrace and other side streets.
- Request for 2-minute drop off and pick up parking zone near the school. We do not install pick up and drop off zones near schools anymore.
- Request to add broken yellow lines in front of the bus stop near 52 Jutland Road. We did not find any visibility or accessibility issues around the bus stop at this location. Therefore, we will not be installing parking restrictions at this stage.
- Request for signage to remind motorists they are entering a pedestrian heavy area or advise them they are entering a school zone. As part of this proposal, new ‘school crossing’ signs will be installed on each approach to the three zebra crossings. These signs advice the drivers that they are entering a school zone and encourage them to slow down.
- Concern over loss of parking. The proposed parking restrictions are required to provide the minimum required visibility for zebra crossings. Reducing the proposed parking restrictions will create an unsafe environment for pedestrians using the zebra crossings and the pedestrian refuge island.
- Requests for the installation of built-in lollipops so the children don't have to carry them up the hill to the crossings, or for these new crossings be patrolled by an adult. All three crossings will have built-in lollipop signs to be used during school opening and closing times. School crossings are usually patrolled by two school children on each side, supervised by an adult. However, we do not have any issues with just adults patrolling the crossings as long as they patrolled daily. As a minimum requirement, both the Jutland Road and Waitemata Road crossings would need to be patrolled. The Walter Street crossing could operate with a parent/teacher supervising for the school opening and closing times.
- Suggestion the current pedestrian crossing next to the 82 Jutland Road Hauraki Primary is sufficient and a raised crossing here is not needed. Raising the existing zebra crossing outside the school gate will slow down vehicles approaching the crossing, providing a safer environment. Raising the crossing will make it more conspicuous to approaching drivers. This will also help in slowing down vehicles creating a slower speed environment. All three crossings are designed with low gradient ramps and a longer flat surface. This feature will create minimal discomfort to passengers when a vehicles drives over them. We also recommend the school patrols all three crossings.
- Suggestion that the pedestrian refuge is a bad idea as it will encourage children to cross outside of crossing points, concern that the road will be too narrow. The purpose of the pedestrian refuge island outside Lake Town Green is to provide a safe crossing point for parents bringing their kids to the playground. They currently do not have any safe crossing point nearby. The school needs to advice children to use the patrolled zebra crossing outside the school gate to cross Jutland Road. Parents with children can use the pedestrian refuge island. It also helps to reduce vehicles speeds entering the school zone. The lane widths are 3.2m which is adequate for large vehicles to get through.
- Requests for additional works including:
- Request to install new parking bays or widen the road;
- Request for additional crossings.
These requests are out of scope for this proposal which focuses on pedestrian crossings at Jutland Road, Waitemata Road and Walter Street, Hauraki. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please fill in a feedback form or report a problem to be fixed.
We expect to introduce this work between July 2018 and June 2019, subject to further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all affected residents prior to construction work.