Auckland Transport

Raines Ave, Forrest Hill - No stopping at all times restrictions

Consultation status: closed 12 December 2016

We are proposing new No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines) along Raines Avenue in Forrest Hill.

We have received concerns about  accessibility when cars are parked on both sides of this road during busy periods. There are also visibility concerns around the intersection of Raines Avenue and Pax Avenue.

The proposed broken yellow lines restrict parking around the intersection and provide more space for drivers to pull over to let oncoming traffic through.

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Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

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.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Concern about removal of parking for residents and increasing car speeds. Request for fewer parking restrictions at the intersection with Pax Avenue, and a different request for more parking restrictions on both sides of Raines Avenue. We acknowledge that on-street parking is a valuable and shared community resource. Therefore its removal is only carried out where a significant safety or accessibility issue has been identified. The engineer’s assessment has concluded that No stopping at all times restrictions at this location would be beneficial as a result of vehicle accessibility and visibility concerns, traffic flow and road width.
  • Requests for time-restricted parking or a clearway between 4 – 6 pm. Clearways on local roads have a negative impact on the overall network. If a clearway were implemented on Raines Avenue, there would be an increase in the number of motorists using this road in an attempt to avoid busier roads and main intersections. This would have the effect of increasing the traffic volume and speed on Raines Avenue. Time restrictions in this location are not in accordance with Auckland Transport policy regarding time-restricted parking.
  • Request for a stop sign at the intersection of Pax Avenue and Raines Avenue. The New Zealand Transport Agency road code states that it is illegal to enter or attempt to cross an intersection unless there is space for your vehicle on the other side. We believe that the existing road layout is sufficient for this purpose.
  • Request for different/more signage. The existing signs are located and installed according to Auckland Transport policy. The objective of placing directional 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 be kept to a minimum near intersections. We believe that there are enough signs to guide both drivers and pedestrians.
  • Concern that cars will park too close to driveways. Request for road marked parking spaces on certain sections of Raines Ave. It is already illegal to park within one metre of a driveway. If the issue continues to occur, parking enforcement is the most appropriate means of educating motorists of their legal obligations. We encourage you to please contact parking enforcement on 09 355 3553. If a history of parking enforcement can be established, we will be able to consider white parking limit lines for ongoing issues.
  • Request for a convex mirror at the intersection of Raines Ave and Havelock Ave. 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 additional works including reattaching Becroft Drive with Tristram Ave and addressing parking issues related to sports events. These requests are out of scope for this proposal. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please provide feedback here.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.