Proposal status: Feedback closed 20 August 2019, updated 24 September 2019
Reference number: BYL-399
We've proposed changes in your area
In July 2019, we proposed new parking restrictions along Wairau Road in Glenfield to improve the safe movement of traffic along Glenfield and Ellice Roads. Our proposal responds to a request from the local community to address the issue of parked cars restricting traffic movements along Wairau Road. This will involve the removal of approximately 10 parking spaces.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to greatly improve the flow of traffic, particularly during the evening peak.
The proposed changes will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being painted on the road. Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Many respondents supported the proposal, pointing out how the changes will ease congestion and improve safety during peak hours. We are happy to hear that our proposal will make travel during peak hours easier.
- Request for Broken Yellow Lines along Wairau Road between the intersections of View Road and Hogans Road to improve accessibility. This section of road was investigated as part of this project. We have only proposed restrictions where parked cars directly contribute to congestion. We have not found that to be the case at this location. In addition, removing these car parks creates the illusion of a wider road. This would encourage higher speeds close to the Hogans Road intersection, reducing road safety of people turning into and out of Hogans Road.
- Request for Broken Yellow Lines along Wairau Road on the left turn into Hogans Road to improve accessibility. Similar to the previous request, removing these car parks creates the illusion of a wider road. This would encourage higher speeds close to the Hogans Road intersection, reducing road safety of people turning into and out of Hogans Road. It is already illegal to park too close to the intersection and drivers parking illegally will be penalised. If you encounter this, please contact parking enforcement at 09 355 3553.
- Request for Broken Yellow Lines on Wairau Road outside Southern Cross Hospital North Harbour to improve visibility. There are existing parking restrictions on either side of the hospital driveway, providing adequate visibility for people to safely exit the hospital. Additional restrictions do not have an added safety benefit. Due to the high parking demand in this area we will not be including further parking restrictions at this location.
- Request to extend Broken Yellow Lines due to concern regarding reports of collisions between parked cars and general traffic from 266 to 252 Wairau Road, where the road narrows to one lane. Removing parking at this location creates the illusion of a wider road, which is known to encourage higher speeds, therefore reducing road safety. Additionally, we are investigating installing traffic signals at the nearby intersection of Wairau Road, View Road, and Kathleen Street, which could further reduce vehicle speeds. Therefore, we will not be installing parking restrictions at this stage.
- Request for a westbound Clearway on Wairau Road, between Hillside Road and Glenfield Road, 3pm to 7 pm to improve traffic flow. We have only proposed restrictions where parked cars directly contribute to congestion. Extending these measures further will not improve traffic flow, while resulting in a large loss of parking opportunities. Therefore, we will not be increasing the length or the duration of the proposed clearways.
- Request to connect the ends of Glendhu Road improve traffic flow in the area. A project like this would require significant investment and investigation. We are currently not considering joining the ends of Glendhu Road. Drivers travelling between Glenfield Road and Lynn Road may use Spinella Drive.
- Request to widen Albany Highway to two lanes between Sunset Road and Upper Harbour Motorway to accommodate cars turning North onto Albany Highway. There are currently no plans to widen this road. A large-scale project like this may be investigated in the future.
- Request to remove signals from the sliplane turning left from Wairau Road onto Glenfield, as respondent notes cars are often waiting while the road is clear. People may find it hard to safely cross the road during peak hours. Providing a signalised crossing at this busy intersection is beneficial to pedestrians, including young children and those with disabilities. Therefore, we will not be removing signals from this sliplane.
- Request to shorten proposed Broken Yellow Lines at eastbound bus stop lead-in, as this will not affect traffic. These Broken Yellow Lines are included in the design as the standard lead-in and lead-out lengths for buses. They make it easier and safer for buses to stop, and prevent patrons from having to step onto the road to enter the bus.
- Concern that Broken Yellow Lines and Clearway will not ease congestion. Respondent notes few cars park here and congestion could be related to traffic signal phasing. Cars parked along this section of road, even in low amounts, will reduce the westbound traffic to a single lane. This reduces the number of cars that may enter the intersection regardless of traffic signal phasing.
- Concern about horse float parked on service road near the intersection of Wairau Road and Ellice Road, creating parking and accessibility issues. We recommend contacting parking enforcement at 09 355 3553 if the trailer is parked in a way that obstructs vehicle flow.
- Request to trim vegetation on fence separating service road near the intersection of Wairau Road and Ellice Road to improve visibility for vehicles exiting and turning right. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We passed this information to our Maintenance Team who carry out regular trimming of vegetation if it causes visibility issues.
- Concern about safety at intersection of Wairau Road and Ellice Road. We recently carried out safety improvements at this intersection. The Give Way sign was converted to a Stop sign and the limit line on the road was moved forward. White hatching was also painted to tighten the left turn out of Ellice Road. These changes were proposed to improve visibility for turning vehicles and slow down turning movements. There have been no reported collisions at this intersection since the changes were implemented in 2018.
These works are planned for December 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.