Proposal status: closed 8 March 2019, updated 11 March 2019
Reference number: BYL-386
We're proposing changes in your area
In March 2019, we proposed to upgrade the road markings on Laurence Street in Manly.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to upgrade the bus stops' road markings to current Auckland Transport standards.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported the clarity that defining the bus stop area would bring.
- A respondent raised concerns that the stopping distance would be excessive and would remove necessary parking. No stopping at all times restrictions (Broken yellow lines) either side of the bus stop are a means of ensuring that the required approach and exit tapers remain unobstructed.
This will avoid accessibility issues as well as increasing the efficiency of the bus service and safety for passengers.
- Some respondents did not support the bus stop location outside 21 Laurence Street and suggested moving the bus stop to areas with longer stretches of curb areas. Reasons for opposition included; concerns of excessive noise from buses, proximity to cross street and access to driveways. As these proposed works are merely to formalise the road markings, there has been no change to the location of the bus stop, therefore our proposal will have no effect on the noise level of the bus service. The frequency of buses on Laurence Street is at a level where it will not create driveway or visibility issues, as the time buses will stop for is minimal.
- A respondent opposed the installation of speed humps on Laurence Street. Concern about speeding was raised by Laurence Street residents and Auckland Transport investigated further to reduce the speed, which is how the speed humps came to be proposed. Traffic-calming on Laurence street will support all drivers to travel at the appropriate speed, to the road conditions, making it safer for all road users. Auckland has a serious problem with people being killed and being seriously injured on our roads. In 2017, 64 people were killed on Auckland’s roads (44% of which were speed related deaths).
- A respondent requested that work be done on Penlink and widening Whangaparaoa Road. These concerns are currently being addressed as Penlink (Peninsula Link Road) has been identified in the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP), which is a 10-year investment programme for transport in Auckland, developed by Auckland Transport (AT) together with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and KiwiRail. You will be notified when this plan is implemented and improvements are made.
We do not currently have any plans to widen Whangaparaoa Road, as AT is working towards safety and Vision Zero. Widening this arterial road is not currently a priority.
This work will happen before the end of June 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.