Auckland Transport

North Takanini - Speed Limit Change

Consultation status: closed 2 June 2017

We are proposing to reduce the current speed limits at the following roads or sections of roads:

  • Porchester Road - From 80km/hr and 70km/hr to 60 km/hr along the whole road.
  • Popes Road, between Takanini School Road and 250 metres east of Porchester Road - From 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr.
  • Spartan Road, Takanini School Road, Great South Road and adjacent minor roads in the north Takanini industrial area - From 70 km/hr to 50 km/hr.

Why the changes are needed

Porchester Road and Popes Road intersection is one of the high-risk intersections in Auckland. A lower speed limit and other improvements planned along these roads will increase road safety.

Because the land on the western side of this intersection has been developed in recent years, a lower speed limit is more appropriate to this level of development.

It is proposed that all the roads in the north Takanini industrial area have their speed limits set at 50 km/hr to be consistent.

Download the consultation drawing for North Takanini (PDF 1.3MB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Suggestion to reduce the proposed speed limit of 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr along the whole length of Porchester Road. Porchester Road does not have enough urban development to justify a 50 km/hr speed limit along its entire length. The majority of this road is currently semi-rural, however we will review this speed limit when land use changes in the future.
  • Recommendation to extend the proposed 60 km/hr speed limit along the entire length of Popes Road. Popes Road is currently semi-rural and does not justify a 60 km/hr speed limit along its entire length. The reason we’re lowering the speed limit along a small section of Popes Road is to match lowered speeds at the intersections of Porchester Road and Takanini School Road. These changes can improve safety at these locations.
  • Request for a blanket speed limit for this area to be determined. We take into account different uses of land and levels of development when setting speed limits. This area includes semi-rural, industrial and residential sections and does not justify a blanket speed limit.
  • A suggestion that 70 km/hr is the appropriate speed limit for this entire area. We propose lower speed limits in response to the high crash-rate at the intersection of Porchester Road and Popes Road. We aim to improve driver safety by reducing speeds across this area.
  • Suggestion for improvements be made to the intersection of Porchester Road and Popes Road, such as traffic lights, a roundabout or road widening. We have investigated these changes and there is not yet a specific timeframe for making large-scale improvements. We are proposing changing the speed limit as an initial safety measure.

Request for additional works out of scope of this proposal

1. Suggestion to make improvements to the intersection of Spartan Road and Great South Road, such as traffic lights, a roundabout or road marking.

2. Request to make improvements at Takanini off-ramp southbound when going onto Great South Road to slow vehicles.

 1 & 2 - Changes to the intersection of Spartan Road and Great South Road and changes to the Takanini corridor are being undertaken by NZTA as part of the Southern Corridor Improvements. More information is available on the NZTA document (PDF 2MB).

3. A request for speed cameras in this area. We are not responsible for the installation of speed cameras. Please contact NZ Police to make this request.

4. A request for a footpath along Porchester Road. Please submit your footpath request on our website. Candidates for new footpaths are consulted every financial year, subject to a prioritisation process and funding availability.

5. A Request for Broken Yellow Lines on one side of Oakleigh Avenue between Manuroa Road and Spartan Road.

6. A request that the pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Porchester and Airfield Roads be moved further away from this intersection.

5 & 6 - If you would like your request to be considered for future development works, please provide feedback on our website.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work starting in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.