Proposal status: Feedback closed 18 May 2022
Reference number: RSU2021-055
In May 2022, we proposed to improve pedestrian safety along Massey Road by making some changes like upgrading the existing crossing at 743 Massey Road.
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 this year, with the current estimate around August 2022. The project may experience delays, but we will be in touch with nearby residents and businesses before any construction begins.
Thank you for adding your voice to this proposal. Your local knowledge has helped us make this decision for your neighbourhood. Respondents told us they were supportive of the crossing upgrade. We heard some additional suggestions for other improvements in the area as well as some concerns about the parking loss.
The following is a summary of suggestions and queries from the community, and our responses to them:
- Suggestion to install a crossing at the Thomas Road and Massey Road intersection as well.
The initial site review carried out for this project did not indicate that a zebra crossing on the side road is needed at this stage based on pedestrian and vehicle traffic volumes, however your request has been recorded for further investigation at a later date.
- Suggestion to install traffic lights at the crossing to help with traffic flow and assist drivers entering Massey Road from Thomas Road.
The option to provide traffic signals was considered as one of the options for this crossing but was not pursued, mainly due to concerns over the loss of on-street parking and estimated delays to drivers travelling along Massey Road. A raised zebra crossing will have a similar effect as cars have to stop when there is a pedestrian crossing which should provide increased opportunities for vehicles to exit Thomas Road.
- Concern about losing parking in front of 739 Massey Road.
The area in front of 739 Massey Road that is currently used for parking is not recognised as legal parking spaces. Vehicles are parked partly within private land belonging to 739 Massey Road and partly within the public footpath.
This causes serious operational and safety issues due to parked vehicles overhanging the footpath, forcing pedestrians onto the road. The parked vehicles also obstruct visibility for drivers exiting Thomas Road onto Massey Road. This project has proposed installing bollards to ensure the footpath and lines of sight remain clear.
We're proposing improvements in your area
As part of our work to keep Aucklanders moving, we are proposing changes on Massey Road to improve pedestrian safety.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing zebra crossing at 743 Massey Road to a Swedish-style raised zebra crossing, which is a crossing on top of a wide, flat speed bump with a traffic island at the centre of the road. This type of crossing has a gentle down slope for a smooth ride for all vehicles, including emergency service vehicles, buses, and large trucks.
- Extend the existing footpath between 743 and 741 Massey Road to provide a shorter crossing distance for pedestrians at the upgraded crossing.
- Install an accessible parking space in front of 741 Massey Road with P120 (two hour) parking restrictions.
- Apply P60 (one hour) parking restrictions to the 12 other parking spaces in front of 743 and 741 Massey Road.
- Install a kerb and bollards along the corner of 739 Massey Road and extend the broken yellow lines (no stopping at any time lines) from 741 Massey Road to the corner of Massey Road and Thomas Road.
- Paint new road markings and install signs and tactile pavers, which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to crossings and safely across roads, to support the new crossing.
There has been a number of car accidents on this section of Massey Road in recent years. Some of these accidents have involved pedestrians at the existing crossing.
The raised zebra crossing would make people crossing Massey Road more visible and encourage lower driving speeds near the shops. The proposed crossing would be raised from the street level to make it comfortable for everyone to cross, including people with prams and wheelchairs.
To make the shops more accessible, we have proposed to install a parking space for visitors with access needs. We have also proposed 1-hour timed parking restrictions to the parking spaces outside of the shops. This will discourage all-day parking and make more spaces available for customers to stop in at the shops throughout the day.
We have also proposed to reinstate the footpath in front of 739 Massey Road, at the corner of Massey Road and Thomas Road. At present, pedestrians walk through the car yard at 739 Massey Road as there is no clear footpath.
We would replace the kerb and install bollards to better separate the private land and the public footpath. This project aims to reduce speeds, improve access to the Massey Road shops, and improve safety for people walking in the area.
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.
Māngere: 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 Massey 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).