Proposal status: Feedback closed 26 June 2020, last updated 8 November 2021.
Reference number: CSFR1.6
In June 2020, Rodney Local Board and Auckland Transport invited feedback on our proposal to improve crossing facilities for people walking to houses and the local shops, on Matua Road and Oraha Road in Huapai. This project is going ahead, but we are writing to let you know about changes to the design and an updated construction timeframe.
Changes to the design
During the detailed design stage of this project, we have identified that further broken yellow lines will need to be painted at this location. This is to ensure that people waiting to cross, and drivers approaching the crossings have a clear view of each other.
We are planning to paint additional broken yellow lines:
- On the eastern kerb of Matua Road North, extending from the existing markings outside no. 22 Matua Road, to the far edge of the driveway at no. 24 Matua Road.
- On the western kerb of Matua Road North extending the existing markings by 7 metres.
- These changes will result in the loss of 6 additional parking spaces on Matua Road North.
We understand that the removal of parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal whilst ensuring that the appropriate lines of sight between pedestrians and drivers is maintained.
This project now has a construction target of April-June 2022. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council has implemented an Emergency Budget which has reduced AT’s capital and operating budgets. This could mean this project is delayed. We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern that parking removal will affect the amount parking available to people accessing the playcentre which is in high demand.
Removal of parking on Oraha Road is required to provide a long enough visibility for pedestrians wanting to cross Oraha Road safely at the existing and proposed crossing points. A total of 6 standard carparks on Oraha Road (4 outside the church and 2 outside #27) are proposed to be removed to accommodate this. Parking directly outside 18 Oraha Road will not be affected.
- Request to create a disability parking space directly outside the playcentre.
The project only encompasses the area immediately around Oraha Road and Matua Road intersection, therefore installation of a disabled parking on Oraha Road close to the entrance of Kumeu Playcentre is outside the scope of this project. We will however pass this request on to our Parking Design Team to consider.
- Concern about the impact parking removal will have on local businesses.
Removal of six standard parking spaces on Oraha Road and one standard parking space on Matua Road is required to ensure that adequate sight visibility is provided for pedestrians crossing the upgraded/new kerb ramps. We do not believe that the removal of these parks will have a significant impact on the local businesses.
- Suggestion to move the crossing to other side of crossroads.
The proposed location of the crossing is well used by pedestrians travelling to/from the shops on Matua Road, therefore, this is considered the preferred location. Relocating this facility to cross Matua Road from north to west will move the crossing outside of pedestrians preferred place to cross the road.
- Suggestion to move the crossing further along Matua Road to existing speed table at 4 Matua Road (to avoid losing the parking space).
The proposed kerb ramps on Oraha Road will accommodate the observed pedestrian demand to/from shops located on Matua Road. Relocating this crossing facility to the existing speed table located outside 4 Matua Road will mean it is not in the most common or preferred place to cross the road. If the crossing was to be moved to the suggested place, it would require more parking to be more removed to give pedestrians a long enough visibility to see approaching vehicles.
In June 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve crossing facilities for people walking to houses and the local shops, Rodney Local Board and Auckland Transport proposed to install a new informal crossing at 16 Matua Road in Huapai.
Changes proposed on Oraha Road
- Widen the footpath by extending out the kerb line to reduce vehicle speeds around the intersection.
- Install a berm (the grass strip next to the road), new footpath and tactile pavers on the northern part of the intersection. The tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to crossings and safely across road.
- Add broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) to make sure that parked cars do not block the view of the crossing and pedestrians. This involves removing 6 car parking spaces.
Changes proposed on Matua Road
- Realigning the crossing and installing tactile pavers on the southern approach to the intersection.
- Installing new road markings and signs to make sure the crossings can be clearly seen by approaching drivers.
- Adding broken yellow lines to make sure that parked cars do not block the view of the crossing and pedestrians. This involves removing 1 car parking space.
Our proposal responded to requests from the community and local board to improve crossing facilities for people walking to houses and shopping centres and is supported by the Community Safety Fund programme and Regional Fuel Tax.
Community Safety Fund
This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Rodney Local Board to deliver this project, as part of more than 80 safety improvement projects across the Auckland region. The Community Safety Fund is a $20 million programme focused on addressing local road safety concerns raised by the community to local boards and ward councillors.
Huapai: 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 Matua 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).
We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. Once funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.