Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: RSU1819-032D
In November 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety at the Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue intersection. We have listened to the community feedback and are proceeding with the following minor change to minimise the parking loss for residents and visitors to Graeme Avenue.
- Retain the south bound bus stop at the existing location on Graeme Avenue and upgrade it to comply with the current bus stop standards. This will mean painting broken yellow lines and bus stop markings to ensure there is enough space for buses to pull in and pull out of the stop safely. This will allow three additional parking spaces outside 5 Graeme Avenue.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed around June 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We received really nice and supportive feedback from the community and heard in the feedback that many motorists don’t slow down at the crossing for children walking to and from school. The proposed raised crossing will help prevent this.
A summary of additional comments and our responses is below.
- Request to make the "STOP" sign more visible as there is obscured by an overgrown tree, and to ensure we trim the trees back as part of the works.
We will ensure tree trimming is done to improve visibility of the STOP sign.
- Suggestion to install traffic lights at the intersection of Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue as it is very difficult and dangerous for cars to enter and exit Graeme Avenue especially during school peak hours and between 5pm and 6:30 pm.
Introduction of traffic signals at this intersection will create significant delays for Buckland Road traffic which is a major arterial road. The installation of the raised crossings will reduce speeds along Buckland Road, making it safer for people to enter and exit Graeme Avenue. Additionally, when people cross the road on the new crossing, it will create more gaps in traffic to turn in and out of Graeme Avenue.
Bus stop relocation
- Concern about the visibility by relocating the bus stop slightly further north, this would create a blind spot for drivers.
Based on the feedback we’ve received, the bus stop on the eastern side of Graeme Avenue will not be relocated.
- Concern about the safety issue of raised crossing forcing cars to stop which could lead to cars behind crashing.
We will provide signage warning drivers of the upcoming crossing, so they have enough time to safely slow down. The raised crossings will also encourage overall speed reduction in the area, making it safer everyone, including drivers. The slower speeds will reduce risk of injury in an event of a crash.
- Concern about more traffic and parking issues in the road with these proposed changes
The proposed layout will make it easier and safer for drivers to enter and exit the angled parking bays by creating a slower speed environment nearby the raised crossing facilities on Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossing at 34 Buckland Road to a Swedish-style raised zebra crossing. This is a zebra crossing with long off ramps, which makes it smoother for large vehicles like trucks, buses, or emergency service vehicles to drive over.
- Upgrade the existing traffic islands on Buckland Road to provide a safe place for pedestrians to wait for traffic to stop in the middle of the road.
- Install a new raised zebra crossing on top of a flat, wide speed bump outside 2 Graeme Avenue. This speed bump would be raised to the height of the footpath.
- Extend the footpath near the shops to narrow the road at the location of the proposed raised crossing and prevent drivers from making unsafe turns from Buckland Road into Graeme Avenue. This would involve also planting a new grass berm and installing new cycle stands. This would remove one parking space outside the shops.
- Relocate the bus stops outside 3 Graeme Avenue and 4 Graeme Avenue slightly further north.
- Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at any time) near the bus stop at 3 Graeme Avenue to allow buses to pull into and out of the bus stop safely, removing 5 parking spaces.
- Install tactile pavers at all road crossing points. These are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely across roads.
- Install signs and paint new road markings to provide advanced warning of the changes.
We would like your feedback so we can work together to deliver safer roads across Tāmaki Makaurau. We have a vision for Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland where no one dies or is seriously injured on our transport network. We want everyone to be safe regardless of how they are travelling.
We have investigated and identified high pedestrian demand and safety issues at the crossings on Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue. The proposed changes aim to make it safer for people to get to Papatoetoe North High School, the local shops, and the bus stops. They also contribute to Tāmaki Makaurau’s Vision Zero goal as they would:
- reduce driver speeds and improve visibility of pedestrians and cyclists crossing Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue
- provide better cycling facilities to improve cyclist safety at the crossings
- make it safer and more accessible for people walking around the shops nearby and other road users
- improve safety for all and other road users by encouraging safer speeds and improving the intersection of Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue
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 with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax
Māngere East: 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 Buckland Road and Graeme Avenue 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).