Proposal status: Feedback open until 25 February 2022
Reference number: VRU2022-032
In February 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Great South Road and McAnnalley Street in Manurewa. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed later this year, likely in December 2022.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Concern the crossing will make it more difficult to turn out McAnnalley Street.
We have checked the cars, rubbish trucks and 12.6m long trucks and 12.6m long trucks can all safely turn in and out of McAnnalley Street. The raised zebra crossing will slow down vehicle speeds near the intersection, making it easier to find a gap in traffic for drivers turning out.
- Concern the crossing will slow travel routes for public transport, oversize loads, and emergency services.
Raised crossings are designed to reduce vehicle speeds and give priority to pedestrians. This improves overall safety and convenience to pedestrians and increased safety for all road users. The trade-off is that vehicles need to briefly slow down and give way. The time taken to slow down and give way will have a minor impact on individual trips, and will reduce the likelihood of a death or serious injury for everyone.
- Concern AT does not consult emergency services.
We consulted with Fire and Emergency New Zealand, as well as our other emergency services, New Zealand Police and St John New Zealand on this proposal.
- Concern the changes will increase congestion when Great South Road is used as a diversion when the Southern Motorway is closed due to an accident.
Diversion routes caused by accidents are rare events, and we expect the impacts of the raised crossing on congestion will be minor.
- Concern crossing is not necessary because there is already a raised pedestrian crossing at 262 Great South Road and another safe crossing at the Great South-Alfriston-Weymouth intersection traffic lights.
The proposal is located adjacent to shops, parks and bus stops. The two crossings mentioned are located approximately 200-250m away from the proposed site. It is unlikely that pedestrians would walk 200m down the road to use the alternative crossings. In the last five years, there have been two pedestrian crashed reported near this proposed crossing and a moped crash. In two of these crashed people were hit by a vehicle when walking across Great South Road. We need to place the crossing where it is most likely to be used so people will use the safest option.
- Suggestion to improve cycling infrastructure, e.g. use a shared pedestrian and cyclist crossing, make cycle lane safer around parking from cars turning in and pulling out.
The parking bays outside the shops have been redesigned as per the latest Auckland Transport Design Manual. A 0.7m buffer exists between parked cars and cyclists. Unfortunately, there isn't enough space for a combined pedestrian/cyclist crossing at this location.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them.
We’re proposing to improve pedestrian safety by installing a raised zebra crossing over Great South Road at its intersection with McAnnalley Street.
We are proposing to:
- Install a raised Swedish-style zebra crossing, which is a pedestrian crossing on top of a wide, flat speed bump which has a gently sloped exit ramp for a comfortable ride.
- Install tactile pavers at the new crossing. These are yellow guidance markers that help visually impaired people find their way.
- Widen the footpath near the parking bays in front of 240 and 242 Great South Road and repaint the parking lines. This would mean removing one parking space.
- Move the existing bus stop and shelter from 235 Great South Road to 231 Great South Road.
- Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times lines) at the former bus stop at 235 Great South Road.
- Paint new road markings and install signs to alert drivers to the crossing.
This proposal is part of a region-wide programme to upgrade pedestrian safety and aims to make crossing Great South Road safer and easier.
The proposed raised pedestrian crossing would slow drivers to a safer speed near the crossing and the McAnnalley Street shops. It would be raised from the street level so it is easy for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross. This type of crossing has a gentle down ramp so it is comfortable for all vehicles to drive over.
In order to install the improved crossing, we would need to move the existing bus stop at 235 Great South Road to 231 Great South Road and remove one carpark, which we understand can be inconvenient. The proposed crossing would provide residents and visitors a safe, highly visible option to cross Great South Road and improve access to the shops and bus stops.
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.
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 Great South Road and McAnnalley Street 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).