Proposal status: Feedback closed 30 July 2020, last updated 18 September 2020.
Reference number: NOP1819-027b
In July 2020, we proposed changes in your area
To improve the efficiency and safety of the intersection, we proposed to change the road lanes where Alfriston Road intersects with Magic Way in Manurewa. Our studies show that the intersection of Alfriston Road and Magic Way experiences significant congestion in the westbound direction during morning peak travel times.
This project is supported by the regional fuel tax fund.
We proposed to:
- widen Alfriston Road and install an additional through lane on the east approach of Alfriston Road. This will improve the traffic flow going in the westbound direction and reduce delays for people driving. As a result of widening the road two Pōhutukawa trees on the berm (the grass strip next to the road) outside 116 and 141A Alfriston Road will be removed and one Pōhutukawa tree will be trimmed outside 141C Alfriston Road. The two trees being removed will be replanted at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and we will also plant two additional trees;
- install a new signalised pedestrian crossing outside 141B Alfriston Road to improve accessibility and safety for people walking;
- install new green skid-resistant road surfacing on the approaches to the intersection on Alfriston Road to make the intersection more visible and to reduce driver speeds;
- reconstruct the footpath and berm to provide people with safe access to the crossings;
- install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road;
- install Advanced Stop Boxes (ASBs) which are green boxes painted with a bicycle symbol where people on bicycles can wait before the lights. ASBs improve road safety by making cyclists more visible to people in vehicles;
- relocate the existing bus stop outside 141 Alfriston Road slightly to the west to facilitate better traffic flow under the new two-lane layout and to be in a safer location for people entering and exiting the bus.
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.
Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.
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.
- Respondent supported the proposal, noting that proposal will improve pedestrian safety for the community.
Thank you for your feedback.
- Concern about the flow of traffic where drivers turning left from Magic Way may be impeded by the two lanes on Alfriston Road if both lanes are full.
The proposed changes will improve the traffic flow on Alfriston Road, especially during the morning peak travel time, and will not adversely affect the traffic on Magic Way.
- Concern over access to properties near the new two-lane approach to the intersection on Alfriston Road east.
The proposed new lane on the approach to the intersection is unlikely to have a significant impact on the ability to drive into or out of nearby properties. This is because the traffic signal displays a red light to stop the westbound traffic intermittently which creates gaps for traffic trying to enter or exit their driveway.
- Concern that the intersection is very dangerous for students to cross.
Installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing on Alfriston Road east will improve safety for people walking, especially for students crossing the road, as it prioritizes pedestrians and provides a protected crossing facility.
- Concern over relocating the bus stop (at 141 Alfriston Road) to the west as this will not help free the flow of traffic and suggestion to use the old Shifnal Drive entrance as a bus stop instead.
The relocation of the bus stop is required to avoid buses stopping obstructing the two lanes of traffic merging under the new layout and causing operational issues. Relocating the bus stop slightly to the west would address this issue and still remain effective in serving the nearby neighbourhood. Please note that bus stops are located in line with the bus service network and bus passenger demand. The old Shifnal Drive entrance would not be considered as an alternative location for this bus stop as it is outside of the catchment area of the current bus stop and mismatches the bus service route and passenger demand.
- Concern that installing Advanced Stop Boxes (ASBs) over driveways may create safety issues as vehicles may not see cyclists and suggestion to relocate the ASBs so they are not at the end or partially over the end of a driveway.
The Advanced Stop Boxes (ASBs) are at the front of intersection where people on bikes can wait before the lights. Please note that the other green painted boxes along the cycle lanes are not stopping boxes (the drawing refers to them as ASBs) but are to raise drivers' awareness for cyclists. The position of these may be adjusted during detailed design to be more visible to the drivers coming out of the driveways.
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.
Manurewa: 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 and Magic Way 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).