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Whangaparaoa Road, Tower Hill, and Main Street, Stanmore Bay - Intersection improvements Whangaparaoa Road, Tower Hill, and Main Street, Stanmore Bay - Intersection improvements

Proposal status: Feedback closed 21 September 2020, last updated 30 June 2021

Reference number: NOP1920-012

Proposal update

We advised you in October 2020 that the budget for these changes had not been confirmed and would likely be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Funding has now been secured for this project and we expect to schedule construction to begin in the next six months, between July and December 2021.  

Next steps

This project now has a construction target of the next six months between July and December 2021. The contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work. 

In September 2020, we proposed changes in your area

To improve pedestrian safety, we proposed improvements to this intersection in Stanmore Bay. We know that more people are walking in the area and we want to ensure they get to where they want to go safely. With more people walking in the area, we have been looking for ways to increase safety and access for people. Pedestrian traffic studies have shown an increase in the number of people using this busy intersection. Our proposal provides a safe place for people to cross these roads.

Changes proposed

  • Install new push-button pedestrian crossings on Whangaparaoa Road and Main Street.
  • Change the current slip lane on Whangaparaoa Road turning on to Main Street to a signalised left turn lane.
  • Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) around the corners of the intersection. This will not remove any legal parking spaces.
  • Widen the footpaths.
  • Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving makers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
  • Remove the existing crossing along Whangaparaoa Road.
  • Reconstruct the driveways outside 15 Main Street and 719 Whangaparaoa Road.

This project is supported by the regional fuel tax fund.

Download the proposal drawing for Whangaparaoa Road, Tower Hill, and Main Street (PDF 312KB)

Proposal outcome

Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whanau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which will reduce AT’s capital and operating budgets. This could mean this project is delayed. We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints.

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.

Feedback received

Slip lane

  • Concern that adding traffic lights to the slip lane will make the congestion worse.
    We have looked at different ways to improve pedestrian facilities at this intersection while minimising the impact to traffic. Left turn movement is separate from through movement which means there should be no significant impact to the traffic movement. This is because people turning left will have their own lane and therefore will not hold up the traffic flow for people driving straight through.
  • Suggestion to use some of the adjacent carpark (across from the community hall) to widen the left lane and move the bus stop off to the side of the lane so traffic can still pass. This would enable the slip lane to be a longer stretch allowing cars turning on to Main Street to get through more easily and ease up traffic flow.
    This car park is not within Auckland Transport’s boundary which means land would need to be purchased which would significantly increase the cost of this project.
  • Suggestion to add a sign saying “left turn permitted if safe...” on the slip lane turning into Main Street.
    As part of this project the slip lane is being removed to provide a fully protected pedestrian crossing.
  • Suggestion for a zebra crossing to be added to the slip lane instead of traffic lights.
    As this intersection is in a Town Centre, a lot of pedestrians utilise this area. Therefore, it is important we provide fully protected pedestrian facilities. If a pedestrian was to cross at a zebra crossing, they will then have to wait on a small island in between moving traffic before being able to cross again. This creates safety concerns especially if the pedestrian is accompanied by small children or a pram.

Congestion

  • Concern that the three sets of traffic lights around the shopping centre disrupt traffic along Whangaparaoa Road causing queues to back up to Little Manly Beach in the morning.
    We understand that this may be frustrating at times however, traffic lights are required to help access for side roads and to be able to provide safe crossing points for pedestrians.
  • Suggestion to remove the Main Street and Tower Hill traffic lights to reduce congestion.
    This would create a lot of safety and operational concerns. Drivers on side roads would find it very difficult to find gaps on to Whangaparaoa Road. Also, this would eliminate safe pedestrian crossing points.

Alternative crossings

  • Respondent mentioned that there are two other options for crossing in the area with one crossing very close by.
    Currently there are two missing pedestrian links at this intersection. It is important we provide adequate pedestrian facilities to cater for people walking in this area.
  • Suggestion for a pedestrian over/underpass instead of the signalised pedestrian crossings as it will be safer for children and will ease traffic flow.
    As this is already a signalised intersection and we are providing a separate left turn lane, impact to traffic will not be significant. An overpass/underpass would be a very expensive alternative option, and these tend to be underutilised pedestrian facilities.

Other feedback

  • Concern that drivers run red lights especially between Main Street/Tower Street and Wade River Road/Whangaparaoa Road and request to install red light cameras.
    This is an enforcement issue. We will pass on your concerns in our liaison meeting with the Police.
  • Concern about turning right from Stanmore Bay Road on to Whangaparaoa Road as it is difficult and gets congested.
    Due to the close proximity to Main Street/Whangaparaoa Road signalised intersection, there should be opportunity to turn right from Stanmore Bay Road when the traffic lights are red for the through movement on Whangaparaoa Road.

Next steps

We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. Once funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.

Stanmore Bay: 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 Whangaparaoa Road 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).