Proposal status: Feedback closed: 21 May 2021
Reference number: RSR1819-069B
IIn May 2021, we proposed upgrading the guardrail on Alfriston Road in Alfriston. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed to the next stage of detailed design. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in June-July 2021. We will be in touch with nearby residents prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for adding your voice to this proposal. A summary of your comments and queries and our responses to them is below.
The proposed work
- Concern that the proposal won’t increase pedestrian safety, road safety, or reduce accidents.
The proposed upgrade to the existing barrier will help protect drivers from power poles and ditches for a longer section leading onto the bridge. The updated guardrail is expected to reduce the severity of crashes associated with loss of control accidents that we have seen in this area.
We see this guardrail proposal is an interim solution. We are investigating widening the bridge, which would include improvements to pedestrian facilities. Because a bridge upgrade will require further investigation including a structure assessment, consent requirements, and is subject to funding availability, we saw the need for an interim solution.
- Concern that the guardrail will not keep vehicles on the road as in most accidents the vehicles have hit poles or ended up in ditches west of where the guardrail will end.
We have considered the best possible locations for the barrier ends, without affecting access to any nearby property. The locations of barrier ends will be refined further in the detailed design phase to maximise the protection in the event of loss of control crashes.
Other road safety suggestions
- Suggestions that the speed limit on Alfriston Road is reduced.
We are currently reviewing the speed limit on Alfriston Road as part of our Safe Speeds Programme. The purpose of this programme is to implement the safe and appropriate speed for our road network. We will consult the wider community in the near future when we have the outcomes from the speed review.
- Suggests warning or “reduce speed” signs are installed on each side of the bridge to alert drivers.
We will consider additional design features like signage in the next design stage. At the next part of the design process, called “detailed design,” we can try to find appropriate locations for signs without any issues like lack of space or visibility.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our region safely and easily is important to them. We are asking your views on a proposal to improve road safety.
The changes we are proposing:
To better protect drivers on Alfriston Road, we are proposing to upgrade the style of guardrail and extending their length on both sides of Alfriston Road:
- between #1248 and #1258 Alfriston Road on the north side
- between #1259 and #1265 Alfriston Road on the south side
These proposed works respond to two serious loss of control collisions in this area in recent years. The changes would upgrade the current guardrails to improve safety on Alfriston Road for all road users.
This proposal is an interim solution to upgrade and extend the length of the guardrail to provide adequate protection for road users while we continue to investigate the feasibility of widening the bridge. The option of widening the bridge would require significant works which we would consult on in the future.
We are requesting feedback at this time because the proposed guardrail or its construction could affect access to nearby properties like yours.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to 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.
- This proposal is supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Alfriston: 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 Alfriston 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).