Maraetai Drive, Maraetai - Pedestrian crossing Maraetai Drive, Maraetai - Pedestrian crossing

Proposal status: Feedback closed 21 May 2020, last updated 15 September 2020.

Reference number: CSFFR1.13

In May 2020, we proposed changes in your area

To improve pedestrian safety and access, Auckland Transport and the Franklin Local Board proposed a new crossing with side islands at 94 Maraetai Drive, Maraetai. Currently there are no formal crossing points on Maraetai Drive by the Omana Regional Park. These changes aimed to improve pedestrian safety by providing a single crossing point and advance notice of pedestrian traffic to drivers.

Changes proposed on Maraetai Drive

  • Install a kerb ramp to allow people to cross the road easily.
  • Widen footpaths and install tactile surface indicators to ensure greater access. Tactile surface indicators are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to crossings and safely across roads.
  • Paint road markings in order to inform drivers of potential pedestrians ahead.
  • Add broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) to ensure that parked cars do not block the crossing or hamper visibility. 4 parking spaces would be removed as part of this proposal.

This project is also supported by the regional fuel tax fund.

Download the proposal drawing for Maraetai Drive (PDF 1.2MB)

Community Safety Fund

This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Franklin Local Board to deliver this project, as part of more than 80 safety improvement projects across the Auckland region. The Community Safety Fund is a $20 million programme focused on addressing local road safety concerns raised by the community to local boards and ward councillors.

Maraetai: 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 Maraetai Drive 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).

Proposal outcome

We have listened to community feedback and have decided that this proposal will not proceed, however we will investigate alternative locations along Maraetai Drive to provide a safe crossing for people. There was insufficient support for the proposal, in particular residents identified concerns with the location of the crossing. Feedback highlighted that there is a lack of pedestrian demand at the proposed location and that other locations would be preferred. If this new proposal is designed, we will ask for community feedback on our new plans.

Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of this feedback and our responses to community questions and concerns is below.

Feedback received

  • Majority of community feedback expressed concern at the proposed location and requested the crossing to be located to alternative locations. Additional feedback included:
    • Concerns about pedestrian safety due to drivers travelling above the 50km speed limit on this road. Suggestions included speed cameras, speed bumps, "slow" road markings and traffic lights.
      We acknowledge your concerns about drivers travelling above the 50km speed limit. We will refer your concerns to the relevant team at Auckland Transport for further consideration.
    • Concern about the drains in this area and how they cope with stormwater as the road can’t handle heavy rain which can sometimes lead to localised flooding.
      If drains/catchpits in your area are not accommodating incoming stormwater flow, please contact us at Auckland Transport on 09 355 3553 with the specific details of those drains/catchpits. Our maintenance team will then be able to follow up and investigate the issue.