Proposal status: Feedback closed 5 July 2021
Reference number: BYL-508
In June 2021, we proposed changes to improve vehicle access on Uppingham Crescent in Hillcrest. These changes were in response to requests from residents to address the issue of cars parking on both sides of this narrow road. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in October.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. The majority of respondents were supportive of this proposal, noting the difficulty they experienced navigating Uppingham Crescent due to the parked cars along this narrow stretch of road.
A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.
- Concerns that too many car parks are being removed and the congestion will be moved to nearby streets. While we understand that the removal of 19 spaces is significant, the proposal intends to improve access along Uppingham Crescent, which is a narrow road, for residents, waste removal vehicles, and crucially for emergency vehicles. Most properties have a good amount of off-street parking and parking displacement is more of an issue where the high demand is caused by commuters parking on a street.
- Concerns there are a large number of units at the start of the street and removing parking will make it challenging for people who live in these apartments to park their cars. We understand your concern about the removal of parking, however the primary objective of any road is to provide access and exit to vehicles, including emergency service vehicles, to the properties on that road. While we appreciate the importance of on-street parking and have minimised the number of parking spaces being removed, we do not recommend relying upon on-street parking as this is subject to change to meet wider strategic objectives for a road such as improving access.
- Concerns that removing parking makes the road wider and encourages higher speeds on the downhill corner at #5-19. Parked cars slow drivers down and makes it safer on the road. If parking is removed other speed calming measures need to be installed. To mitigate the risk of higher speeds, we have proposed installing broken yellow lines restrictions in a staggered manner which makes the road appear narrower and encourages people to drive at lower speeds.
- Suggestions that residents have not noticed problems turning, or accidents, in this narrow road. The money would be better spent somewhere else. This proposal was in response to a resident request and has been additionally supported by number of residents on the street who signed and submitted a parking restriction request form.
- Concern that the proposal is not for broken yellow lines along one side of the street as originally requested in 2019 (CAS349452DTX4C1). Request that broken yellow lines are along one side of the street. The proposal intends to improve vehicle access to Uppingham Crescent which is the expected outcome. Installing broken yellow lines along one side of the street will result in removal of approximately 30 parking spaces, whereas our proposal to install broken yellow lines in a staggered manner minimises the loss of parking to only 19 spaces, which achieves the desired outcome while also balancing the community’s interest in available street parking.
- Concern that staggered broken yellow lines will force cars to zig-zag down the street and this is dangerous. Proposing broken yellow lines on alternate sides of the road is considered appropriate and effective in reducing vehicle speeds, especially when they are installed on a long stretch of a road. Having broken yellow lines on one side on a long stretch can indicate drivers that it’s a long clear stretch and usually results in elevated speeds.
- Support the broken yellow lines at the start of the street and up to #13. The broken yellow lines from #17-19, outside #22 and from #27-#40 remove too much parking and are not needed. Support the broken yellow lines around the parking island and end of the cul-de-sac. The proposal intends to improve vehicles access on Uppingham Crescent. The broken yellow lines at the proposed locations are regarded as essential to achieving this desired outcome. While we appreciate the importance of parking and have minimised the number of parking spaces being removed, we do not recommend relying upon on-street parking as this is a public asset and is subject to change as the community’s needs and objectives for the road change.
- Suggest that the problem of parked cars blocking the street is at the start of the street from #6 to #14. Suggest that existing broken yellow lines outside #24 be extended to #6. Extending the broken yellow lines further will result in the removal of more parking spaces which AT feels is not required to improve vehicle access to Uppingham Crescent.
- Support the changes at the start of the street up to the first corner. All broken yellow lines after #17 removes too much parking. The primary objective of any road is to provide access to properties, so some parking removal is required to improve access on this narrow road.
- Suggest turning circle at the end of the street should be all broken yellow lines to make it easier for rubbish trucks to turn. The broken yellow lines around the turning circle have been designed in such a way that some on-street parking can be preserved. The broken yellow lines around the middle island have been proposed to make it easier for trucks to turnaround, which the waste collection agency has supported the design.
- Concern the 3 carparks at the centre of the turning circle are occupied by all day stayers who do not live in the street or by residents from nearby streets who park a car here 24/7 for weeks at a time. On-street parking is available to anyone on first come first serve basis and can be utilised by anyone including residents.
- Request for a daytime parking time limit in the turning circle at the end of the street of 120 minutes from 7.00am to 7.00pm. Monday to Friday so there is a turnover for visitors to the street and the local park. Time restricted parking is introduced when there is a need to encourage turnover over vehicles due to high demand. We do not feel time restrictions are justified in this area.
- Suggest arrows are painted on the road to reinforce the correct traffic patterns as many people drive against the traffic. The proposed broken yellow lines once installed will encourage drivers to stay on the correct side of the road. If the problem persists after the broken yellow lines are installed our Traffic Engineering team can address it with a reactive works brief.
- Request for the calculations to show how 11 parking spaces will be saved compared to having broken yellow lines on one side of the street only. We allow 6m for a parking space, if we had proposed broken yellow lines on only one side of the street regardless of the side, this would have resulted in the removal of 30 spaces whereas by proposing it on alternating sides this leads to a loss of 19 spaces which saves approximately 11 on-street parking spaces.
- Request for broken yellow lines in Mountbatten Avenue. Our initial investigation shows that Mountbatten Avenue has sufficient width to accommodate parking on both sides while maintaining access for all drivers, including emergency vehicles. AT recognises that there are some existing broken yellow lines at the bend and at the intersection going towards Coronation Road. However, if you want to highlight a specific safety issue on this road, we encourage you visit our contact us webpage and lodge a request which we can investigate and take the appropriate action.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Residents have asked us to improve access to the end of this narrow road. Parked cars on both sides of the street block access, so we are proposing to paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) along Uppingham Crescent, Hillcrest.
The changes we are proposing:
- Paint sections of broken yellow lines (BYLs) along alternating sides, and the turning circle, of Uppingham Crescent.
- 19 parking spaces will be removed due to the changes.
Uppingham Crescent is a narrow road and cars parked on both sides make driving down the street difficult, especially for waste collection vehicles. Parked cars also prevent residents from accessing their properties. The changes will create a wider and safer road space, improving traffic flow and accessibility.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it to Freepost using the address details on the form.
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.
- We expect it will take 1 – 2 days to paint the broken yellow lines in good weather conditions.
Hillcrest: 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 Uppingham Crescent 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).