Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: MIP1920-056
In May 2022, we proposed changes to improve road safety on Maich Road 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 after July 2023. We will be in touch with the 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. Here is a summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions:
- Concern over timeframe, wants the construction to begin as soon as possible.
We expect construction will take place next financial year, after July 2023. We will be in touch with local residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place. In the meantime, we will progress this project to the detailed design stage.
- Concern over lack of traffic rule enforcement, especially parking enforcement.
Illegal parking behaviour is enforceable. Please contact our Parking Compliance Department on 09 355 3553 whenever you see an illegally parked vehicle. This will allow us to dispatch a parking warden.
We can only act against an illegally parked vehicle if a parking warden witnesses the illegal incident at the time of the offence. Any additional traffic rule enforcement concern needs to be raised with the New Zealand Police.
- Concern that Vision Zero is impossible because there are too many reckless drivers on our roads.
Vision Zero recognises that we’re all human and we make mistakes, but mistakes should not mean that someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. Raised crossings and speed bumps mean that drivers will travel at slower speeds, making it less likely for anyone to be harmed in the event of a crash.
- Concern over accessibility for fire services due to the increased numbers of raised pedestrian crossings and speed bumps.
Given that we’ve already reduced speeds along Maich Road by installing safety measures like speed bumps, we expect that the proposed additional measures are likely to have minimal impact on fire service’s ability to respond and navigate around the area. We will continue to work with Fire and Emergency New Zealand on our road safety programmes.
- Suggestion to improve education for children around crossing roads safely instead of creating more pedestrian crossings.
We work with schools around Auckland to improve road safety for children. However, raised crossings are still necessary because they encourage lower speeds, which make everyone safer in the event of a mistake or crash.
We're proposing improvements in your area
As part of our work to keep Aucklanders moving, we are proposing to improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers on Maich Road, Manurewa. These changes are in response to community requests to lower vehicle speeds and provide a safe crossing near the shop.
We are proposing to:
- Construct a raised zebra crossing with flashing orange beacons. This is a crossing on top of a wide, flat speed bump at 41 to 40 Maich Road. This will involve replacing the existing parking bay on the west side of the road with a new kerb.
- Install new speed bumps at 46 to 47, 33C to 32, and 20 to 23 Maich Road
- Paint road markings and install signs to support the new crossing and speed bumps
- Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) to improve the visibility of pedestrians at the intersections of Corin Avenue and Maich Road, Beatty Avenue and Maich Road, and Great South Road and Corin Avenue. This would remove 12 on-street parking spaces.
- Install a pedestrian island crossing at 40 to 38 Maich Road on Beatty Avenue. A pedestrian island crossing is a raised platform in the middle of the road that improves pedestrian safety by breaking up the journey across the road.
- Install kerb ramp crossings at 40 and 38 Maich Road to cross Beatty Avenue. These are sloped sections of footpath which give pedestrians a smooth transition between the footpath and the road, especially for people with prams or wheelchairs.
- Install yellow tacile pavers at the raised crossing and the pedestrian island on Beatty Avenue. These are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people to crossings and safely across roads.
- Paint updated road markings for the existing bus stop at 117 Great South Road, to bring the road markings up to current standards. This will remove 6 on-street parking spaces.
How this will benefit your neighbourhood
The speed bumps and raised zebra crossing would encourage lower driving speeds. The crossing would be raised to the height of the footpath, making pedestrians more visible while making more comfortable to cross the road, especially for people with prams or wheelchairs.
These improvements would remove 28 on-street parking spaces near the crossings, speed bumps, and at the intersections. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have removed as little parking as possible while improving the safety of pedestrians crossing Maich Road.
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.
A consultation on another proposal nearby is now open. We are proposing pedestrian improvement works at the Halsey Road and Maich Road intersection. Find out more about the nearby proposal.
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 Maich 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).