The Avenue, Albany The Avenue, Albany

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: MIP2122-005

Proposal update

In May 2022, we advised you about our plan to install a raised zebra crossing on The Avenue, Albany by December 2022.

This project is still going ahead, but there has been a delay to the construction timeframe due to funding related challenges. Funding has now been confirmed for this project.

The construction target for this project is now January to March 2023.

Proposal update

In August 2021 we invited community feedback on our proposal install a raised pedestrian crossing on The Avenue, Albany. We advised you in September 2021 that these works were scheduled to be constructed by in the 2022-2023 financial year.

This project now has a construction target of September and December 2022.

Proposal outcome

In August 2021, we proposed changes to make it safer to cross the road near the corner of The Avenue and Lomas Way, Albany. These changes are in response to community requests to make it safer to cross the road near a busy shopping area and bus stops.  After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.

Community feedback

Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. The majority of the feedback on this proposal was positive and a common theme was the need for a safe place to cross the road to access the local shops.

Here is asummary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them:

Location Issues

  • Concern that the proposed location of the crossing is a blind spot and drivers travelling at high speeds may fail to see people using the crossing.
    AT has investigated the visibility at the crossing for approaching drivers and have confirmed that there is sufficient visibility for drivers to see people at the proposed crossing location in advance. Driving speeds tend to reduce as they go up the hill, and appropriate signs and road markings will be in place to alert drivers of the crossing.

Signs and road markings

  • Request for highly visible signage to warn drivers of the raised crossing.
    Appropriate signs and road markings will be in place to ensure drivers are alerted of the crossing.

Project Necessity

  • Concern that the crossing is unnecessary.
    These changes are in response to a request from the community to provide a safe pedestrian crossing as there are not any currently in this location. The crossing will improve connectivity to the bus stops and the local shops.

Visibility Issues

  • Concern the bus stop will block the view of pedestrians using the crossing.
    The location for the pedestrian crossing was investigated and chosen based on its ability to provide visibility even when a bus is stopped at the bus stop.

Safety Concerns

  • Concern that pedestrian crossings result in less pedestrian safety due to people paying less attention while crossing.
    This is a formalised crossing, meaning pedestrians have priority and motorists are legally required to give way to pedestrians intending to cross. Furthermore, the raised nature of the crossing helps lower the approach speed of drivers, which improves the safety of people crossing. Signs and road markings will also be in place to alert drivers in advance.

Miscellaneous Requests

  • Request to improve the intersection of The Avenue and Albany expressway to better manage traffic flows and pedestrian safety.
    This will be passed on to the relevant team to be investigated as a separate project.
  • Suggestion to investigate heavy traffic flows into Albany Village.
    This will be passed on to the relevant team to be investigated as a separate project.
  • Suggestion to address pedestrian safety issues at the intersection of The Avenue and Dairy Flat highway.
    This will be passed on to the relevant team to be investigated as a separate project.

We're proposing improvements in your area

Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.

To improve pedestrian safety crossing the road near the corner of The Avenue and Lomas Way, Albany, we are proposing a series of changes.

We are proposing to:

  • Install a pedestrian crossing raised on a platform level with the footpath, with a Swedish style gentle exit slope and traffic islands.
  • Install new sections of footpath, including tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
  • Install new signs and road markings to support the crossing.
  • Build a new concrete path between the crossing and the parking lot at the shopping area.
  • Relocate the bus stop and shelter slightly to the south so stopped buses do not block the new crossing.
  • Relocate the existing commercial signs to the previous location of the bus shelter.
  • No parking will be removed as a result of these changes.

Download the proposal drawing for The Avenue (PDF 1.6MB)

What happens next

  • We’ll consider all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
  • We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
  • We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.

Albany: 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 The Avenue 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).