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Northcross Safer Communities programme

Consultation status: closed 16 March 2017

We are seeking feedback from the Northcross community on multiple projects as part of our Safer Communities programme.

In Northcross, we are seeking feedback on potential improvements across nine locations:

Northcross Safer Communities Programme Map

Site 1 - Inverness Road and Beach Road - Crossing Improvements


This is a wide intersection with no pedestrian facilities. The proposed changes will improve pedestrian safety at this location.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new kerb buildout on the northern corner of the intersection.
  • New pram ramps and associated tactile pavers.
  • New pavement markings, including 'No stopping at all times' to improve visibility.

Download the consultation drawing for Inverness Road and Beach Road (PDF 1.2MB) 

Feedback results 

This proposal received mostly positive feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to any further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.

Specific feedback

Concern that there are not many pedestrians at this location

From our assessment including pedestrian counts and site visits, we identified that there is a demand for this proposal to address safety concerns at this location. 

Concerns about the removal of parking

The parking restrictions on either side of the crossing are necessary to ensure visibility at the pedestrian crossing - giving pedestrians and drivers a clear view of each other. The proposed length of the parking restriction is the minimum required for visibility reasons. 

A zebra crossing would be a better option

Pedestrian zebra crossings are only installed where there is a very high number of pedestrians. Our pedestrian counts show that the number of pedestrians does not warrant a zebra crossing and that a refuge island is more appropriate on this road.

Limited access to and from driveways; request to install broken yellow lines

This proposal will not directly affect current driveway access - it is already illegal to park within 1 meter of a driveway. Please contact our parking enforcement team on 09 355 3553 to report illegal parking in front of driveways. 

Request for additional work outside the proposal scope

For a request to be considered for future development, please use our Feedback form or Report a problem form


Site 2 - Argyle Road and Beach Road - Crossing Improvements


There are limited pedestrian crossing facilities on Beach Road and wide crossing distances on Argyle Road. The proposed crossing facilities will connect people walking from Beach Road to Argyle Road and ultimately to the town centre and the beach access. The extension of the ‘No stopping at all times’ restrictions are needed to provide enough visibility between crossing pedestrians and approaching drivers.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new pedestrian refuge island on Beach Road with associated pram ramps and tactile pavers.
  • New pram ramps at Argyle Road with tactile pavers.
  • Footpath reconstruction.
  • New 'No stopping at all times' restrictions for visibility.

Download the consultation drawing for Argyle Road and Beach Road (PDF 1.3MB) 

Feedback results

This proposal recieved mostly positive feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.

Specific feedback

Remove more parking up the bend in Argyle Road

The aim of this proposal is to improve pedestrian accessibility. The proposed parking restriction length will sufficiently increase visibility between drivers and pedestrians at the crossing point.

Ensure the refuge island does not create a pinch-point for cyclists when overtaken by drivers

The proposed refuge island is intended to slow traffic as pedestrians cross the road. The width of the road allows for a cyclist to ride safely next to the main stream of traffic. 


Site 3 - Carlisle Road and Beach Road - Signalised pedestrian crossing


This is a partially signalised intersection with incomplete pedestrian facilities which present a challenge for pedestrians. The non-signalised left-turn slip lane is hazard for pedestrians who have to wait in the middle of the road to find a gap in the traffic to cross the road. The proposed changes will improve pedestrian safety at this location.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new pedestrian signalised crosswalk on Carlisle Road.
  • A new splitter island on Carlisle Road.
  • Removing the left-turn slip lane by extending the kerb.
  • New road markings including advance boxes for cyclists.

Download the consultation drawing for Carlisle Road and Beach Road (PDF 1.1MB) 

Feedback results

This proposal received mostly positive feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction.

Specific feedback

Slip lane removal and addition of traffic signals will cause traffic delays on Carlisle Road

Removing the slip lane is necessary to shorten the pedestrian crossing distance and encourage lower driver speed. These changes will improve pedestrian safety.

We will review the traffic signal phasing to ensure that delays are at a minimum. 

Extend the footpath from 6 to 12 Carlisle Road, and south of the bus stop outside 844 Beach Road

We will add these footpath requests to our Regional Footpath programme. Candidate projects are consulted each financial year, subject to a prioritisation process and funding.

Buses and trucks will have trouble turning right at the intersection

The proposed kerb buildout was designed to allow large vehicles to negotiate the intersection, without hitting the kerb. 

Reinstating the recently-removed zebra crossing at the slip lane will solve the problem

There is no record of a zebra crossing on the slip lane (either removed by Auckland Transport since our formation in 2010, or evident from historic aerial photos). The existing slip lane does not meet visibility or site requirements for a pedestrian zebra crossing. 

Extend the cycle lanes in both directions

The aim of the cycle lane is to help cyclists navigate the intersection. Extending the cycle lanes would require a larger project approach in relation to the cycle network, which is outside the scope of this project.

Consider using rumble strips to deter drivers from veering into cycle lanes

The suggestion to add audio-tactile rumble strips will be reviewed during the detailed design stage.

Advance box for cyclists on a steep hill is problematic and will frustrate motorists

Advance stop boxes are necessary to help cyclists negotiating through the intersection.


Site 4 - Firth Road and Carlisle Road - Crossing improvements


This intersection is wide and presents a challenge for pedestrians, especially the most vulnerable road users like young children from the nearby Torbay Primary School. The proposed changes will improve pedestrian safety at this location.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new pedestrian refuge island on Firth Road with associated pram ramps, tactile pavers, signage and 'No stopping at all times' restrictions for improved visibility.
  • A new splitter refuge island on Carlisle Road.
  • New footpath and kerb build-outs.
  • Shifting the existing Right Turn Bay further east.
  • Realigning and remarking the bus stop outside 56 Carlisle Road as per current standards.
  • Restructuring the three driveways on Carlisle Road to combine them into one property access.

Download the consultation drawing for Firth Road and Carlisle Road (PDF 918KB) 

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing the feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with one change to the next stage of detailed planning.

The kerb outside 2/4 Firth Road will be flared, to make it easier to turn into the driveway. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017) subject to further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to affected residents prior to construction. 

Specific feedback

Concern about parking removal

The parking restrictions on either side of the crossing are necessary to ensure visibility at the pedestrian crossing - giving pedestrians and drivers a clear view of each other. The proposed length of the parking restriction is the minimum required for visibility reasons.

The parking restrictions on either side of the bus stop ensure that buses can enter and exit the bus stop safely. If no broken yellow lines are installed, bus drivers will have trouble pulling into the kerb properly, making it less safe for passengers and pedestrians. 

Use a sideways split for the refuge island, where entry and exit of the refuge island are offset 

The proposed refuge islands meet the minimum width and shape requirements. Refuge islands which change direction mid-way are not preferred as they create a potential tripping hazard.

A roundabout or traffic signals are a better option

The aim of this proposal is to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection. Changing traffic management is outside the scope of this project.

Ensure sufficient separation between drivers and cyclists

The road width for this proposal meets the requirements for cyclists to safely ride next to the main stream of traffic.

Request for additional work, including speed warning signs, additional parking restriction and removing right-turns out of Carlisle Road

For a request to be considered for future development, please use our Feedback form or Report a problem form


Site 5 - Carlisle Road - Mid-block pedestrian crossing


There are no crossing points on Carlisle Road, from Deverell Place to Flinchley Road. The proposed changes will provide a safer crossing facility for pedestrians at this location.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new mid-block splitter island outside 86 Carlisle Road with associated pram ramps, tactile pavers and signage.
  • New 'No stopping at all times' restrictions for visibility.

Download the consultation drawing for Carlisle Road (PDF 1.6MB) 

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017) subject to any further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hours notice to all affected residents prior to construction. 

Specific feedback

A better crossing location would be at Finchely Road, if traffic lights were installed

Our assessment identifies the proposed location as the best location for this crossing. Fully signalising the intersection of Carlisle Road and Finchley Road is outside the scope of this project.

Ensure sufficient separation between drivers and cyclists

The road width for this proposal meets the requirements for cyclists to safely ride next to the main stream of traffic.

Concerns about the location of the crossing after a bend. Suggestion to relocate crossing outside 60 Carlisle Road.

Our distance checks show that this location is suitable for a pedestrian crossing and visibility won't be affected. We will carry out a road safety audit during the detailed planning process to confirm the sight distances.

The location outside 60 Carlisle Road is unsuitable as there is not enough road space to fit a traffic island while maintaining vehicle access to local properties. 

Concern about limited access to the driveway of 86 Carlisle Road

The proposed traffic island will not interfere with movement in and out of driveways. We will review the shape of the driveway during the detailed design stage and adjust if necessary.

Request for additional work including speed humps and 'no parking' restrictions at other locations

For a request to be considered for future development, please use our Feedback form or Report a problem form


Site 6 - East Coast Road and Glamorgan Drive - Crossing improvements


This is a wide intersection with no pedestrian facilities. There is also a left-turn slip lane from East Coast Road into Glamorgan Drive which encourages high speeds of left-turning vehicles. The proposed changes will improve safety at this location and provide better pedestrian connectivity to Kate Sheppard Avenue.

The proposed changes include:

  • Removing of the left-turn slip lane by extending the kerb.
  • Shifting the existing right-turn bay further north.
  • New splitter traffic island.
  • New footpath to connect to the splitter island.
  • New pram crossings with tactile pavers.

Download the consultation drawing for East Coast Road and Glamorgan Drive (PDF 1.8MB) 

Feedback results

This proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction. 

Specific feedback

Curb and footpath should be rebuilt so a cycle lane is available on both sides of the road

The project is aimed at improving access and safety for pedestrians. Installing cycle lanes is outside the scope of this project. 

Concerns about the removal of the left-turn bay

Removing this left-turn bay is necessary to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians, and encourage lower driver speeds. This will improve safety for pedestrians crossing the road and access to other roads.

Concerns about speeding issues along East Coast Road

If you notice common trends of speeding vehicles at a particular time of day, or from an individual vehicle, we suggest you contact NZ Police, who are responsible for speed limit enforcement and may carry out targeted enforcement.

 Ensure new vehicle crossing gives priority to the footpaths

This will be reviewed during the detailed design stage.


Site 7 - Oteha Valley Road and Rising Parade - Signalised pedestrian crossing


The proposed changes will provide better pedestrian connectivity to the bus stop west of the roundabout, which in turn will encourage more locals to take the bus as an alternative transport. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting e

The proposed changes include:

  • A new mid-block signalised pedestrian facility west of the roundabout.
  • New road markings and signs matching the new crossing.

Download the consultation drawing for Oteha Valley Road and Rising Parade (PDF 772KB) 

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing the feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

Contractors will issue 48-hour notice prior to construction work. 

Specific feedback

A signalised crossing will create further traffic delays

We will review the traffic signal phasing to ensure that traffic delays are kept to a minimum. 

Removing the roundabout and replacing it with a signalised intersection would be a better long-term solution

Changing the roundabout to a signalised intersection would have to be investigated further to understand the impact on other local roads. This requires an approach and funding that is beyond the scope of this project.

Request for additional works including a signalised crossing at the eastern roundabout, and reducing the speed limit

For a request to be considered for future development, please use our Feedback form or Report a problem form


Site 8 - Greville Road and East Coast Road - Intersection improvements


There is a high number of pedestrians crossing at this intersection. At present, people crossing Greville Road need to negotiate over two left-turn slip lanes where there are no crossing facilities. It is also difficult for them to cross East Coast Road due to incomplete crosswalks and wide crossing distances. The proposed changes will increase pedestrian safety and connectivity across the intersection. The 'No stopping at all times' restrictions are required for inter-visibility between crossing pedestrians and approaching drivers.

The proposed changes include:

  • A fully signalised intersection inclusive of all turning and through traffic movements.
  • Removing the left-turn slip lanes by extending the kerbs.
  • New pedestrian facilities to cross both Greville Road and East Coast Road.
  • New advance boxes for cyclists.
  • New 'No stopping at all times' restrictions.
  • Footpath reconstruction and new speed humps outside 589-585 East Coast Road.

Download the consultation drawing for Greville Road and East Coast Road (PDF 1MB) 

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting in July 2017), subject to further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to affected residents prior to construction.

Specific feedback

Clarify if the traffic lane for straight-through traffic along East Coast Road will be signalised

The proposed changes include signalising this intersection from all directions. The cross-walk across East Coast Road will also operate with traffic signals.

Include an eastbound Advance Stop Box for cyclists on Greville Road in the straight-through lane, as well as the right turn lane

A continuous green Advance Stop Box for cyclists will be considered as part of the detailed design process. The design will follow our design standards and best practice.

Extend the length of the cycle lead-in lanes to the west and east of the intersection

The aim of the cycle lane coloured surface is to help cyclists ride through the intersection. Extending the cycle lanes would require a larger project approach, which is outside the scope of this project. 

Ensure sufficient separation between drivers and cyclists

The road width for this proposal meets the requirements for cyclists to safely ride next to the main stream of traffic.

Request for additional works including more parking bays outside 589 East Coast Road

For a request to be considered for future development, please use our Feedback form or Report a problem form


Site 9 - Weetman Road and East Coast Road - Intersection improvements


The wide corners entering Weetman Drive coupled with a wide pedestrian crossing distance present a challenge for people crossing at this intersection. There are bus stops opposite side of the road, however, there is no connection between them which limits connectivity for people using the bus stops. The proposed changes will increase pedestrian safety and connectivity across the intersection and at the bus stops.

The 'No stopping at all times' restrictions either side of the bus stops are to provide enough tracking space and visibility for bus drivers. This will allow buses to reach their destinations on time and improve efficiency of the overall bus route.

The 'No stopping at all times' restrictions at the corners of Weetman Drive and East Coast Road, as well as either side of the crossing facility on East Coast Road, are required for better visibility between crossing pedestrians and approaching drivers.

The proposed changes include:

  • A new mid-block refuge island outside 575 East Coast Road.
  • A new splitter refuge island on Weetman Drive, at the intersection with East Coast Road.
  • Footpath reconstruction and pram crossings with tactile pavers.
  • New 'No stopping at all times' restrictions.

Download the consultation drawing for Weetman Road and East Coast Road (PDF 1.2MB) 

Feedback results

The proposal received mostly positive feedback, with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing feedback and other supporting evidence the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. 

We expect to begin this work in the 2017/18 financial year (starting July 2017), subject to any further design changes or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to affected residents prior to construction.

Specific feedback

Concern that by tightening corners, vehicles will not be able to turn left or right simultaneously 

The road is wide enough for two cars to queue side-by-side safely.

Traffic island will make it more difficult for cars to enter and exit the driveway at 573 East Coast Road

Our vehicle tracking assessment confirms that movement in and out of this driveway will not be impacted.

Extend the footpath further down Weetman Drive

We will add these footpath requests to our Regional Footpath programme. Candidate projects are consulted each financial year, subject to a prioritisation process and funding.

Ensure sufficient separation between drivers and cyclists

The road width for this proposal meets the requirements for cyclists to safely ride next to the main stream of traffic.

Install a speed bump further down Weetman Drive, past Louise Place

A speed bump along Weetman Drive is out of scope for this project, and is not suited for this type of road. 


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