Consultation status: closed 7 March 2017
We are proposing new No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) on McBreen Avenue and Exmouth Road in Northcote, as well as extending the existing broken yellow lines on Exmouth Road.
Why the changes are needed
We have received reports of vehicle visibility and accessibility issues at this intersection. These issues have resulted in several crashes over the last five years and the proposed broken yellow lines will help reduce these issues.
In addition, this proposal has been modified to include road markings of the bus stop outside 101 Exmouth Road and we are also extending the No stopping at all times restrictions around this bus stop to ensure full bus maneuverability.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The modified 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.
Specific feedback and proposed solution
- Concern about the extent of parking removal in the proposal, and requests to remove even more parking. We acknowledge that on-street parking is a valuable and shared community resource. As a result, its removal is only carried out where a significant visibility or accessibility issue has been identified. Such issues will also be balanced against other factors by our engineers. For example, on the straighter part of Exmouth Road, parked vehicles are able to promote a slower speed environment as they require drivers to slow down to manoeuvre around them. Please note that there are still parking spaces available further north on Exmouth Road and McBreen Avenue.
- Request for pedestrian crossings across Exmouth Road and on McBreen Ave. We will carry out a pedestrian survey in the future to determine the suitability of a pedestrian crossing at this location and proceed further if warranted.
- Concern that the new parking restrictions around the bus stop may be unnecessary. In accordance with the Auckland Transport Code of Practice (ATCOP), the current design for bus stops requires parking restrictions on either side of the bus stop to ensure that buses can enter and exit safely and easily. Where no restrictions are installed, bus operators can have trouble pulling next to the kerb properly which can create an unsafe environment for passengers as they enter and exit the bus. This can also increase the time that buses take to reach the next destination and affect the overall timeframe of the service.
- Concern about speeding vehicles and request for speed bumps. In order to assess requests of this type in a consistent manner, we investigate all requests against a set of policy guidelines for Local Area Traffic Management (LATM). This makes it possible for us to determine the roads with the most significant safety problems and which therefore require a higher priority, as there are limited funds for these types of projects. Given the specific crash history here and the status of the road as a bus route, there are many roads across the region that are ranked higher, making it unlikely that Exmouth Road will receive treatment for speed any time soon. However, we will monitor the situation post-construction to determine if additional measures are required.
- Request for a mirror at the point where Exmouth Road meets Sylvan Avenue. We have found convex mirrors to be ineffective and sometimes unsafe, as the mirror can give a false sense of distance or speed of an oncoming vehicle. Drivers have in the past misinterpreted what they see in the convex mirror, thereby placing themselves and other road users at risk. In addition, these mirrors are expensive to procure and difficult to maintain, often generating an ongoing maintenance liability due to theft and vandalism.
- Request for more signage on Sylvan Avenue. The objective of placing signs on roads is to guide and aid the safe and efficient movement of road users to their destinations, primarily for visitors to the area. Signs should also be kept to a minimum near intersections.
- Request for rumble strips at the intersection of Sylvan Road and Exmouth Road. We do not propose rumble strips in residential areas such as this one, as they would increase noise and are not necessary in this location.
- Request for dedicated parking outside a driveway due to vehicles parking too close. It is illegal to park within one metre of a driveway, and Parking Enforcement is the most appropriate means of educating motorists of their legal obligations. If the situation should arise again, we encourage you to contact 09 355 3553 to request a parking officer visit the site.
- Requests for additional works including cycle lanes along Exmouth Road and restrictions on bus drivers waiting at bus stops. This request is outside the scope of this proposal. If you would like your request to be considered for future development works, please provide feedback here.
We expect to introduce this starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.