Auckland Transport

O’Shannessey St & Great South Rd, Papakura - Pedestrian crossing improvements

Consultation status: closed 30 January 2017

We are proposing to make the following changes:

  • A new signalised pedestrian crossing with pram crossings and tactile pavers across Great South Road on the northern end of the intersection with O'Shannessey Street. Currently there is only one crossing across Great South Road at the southern end of this intersection.
  • The removal of the left-turning slip lane from Great South Road into O'Shannessey Street, as well as the removal of the pedestrian refuge island. The signalised pedestrian crossing across O'Shannessey Street is to be straightened.
  • A kerb build-out and footpath repavement.
  • Alterations to road markings and traffic poles and the addition of advance cycle boxes.

Why changes are required

We have identified an opportunity to increase pedestrian connectivity and safety at the intersection of Great South Road and O'Shannessey Street. This intersection has only one signalised pedestrian crossing across Great South Road, despite the fact that a high number of businesses and organisations operate nearby.

The pedestrian refuge island on O'Shannessey Street can also be unsafe. There is a limited amount of space for pedestrians to stand while on the island and vehicles often turn left into O'Shannessey Street in the slip lane at speed. It is worth noting that this left-turn slip lane is often blocked when two vehicles are queued at the traffic lights waiting to go straight along Great South Road.

Download the consultation plans for O’Shannessey St & Great South Rd (PDF 717KB)

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

  • Concern that there are not many pedestrians in the area, and a comment that the current pedestrian refuge island is large enough. The land use in the vicinity of this proposal consists of a church and commercial businesses including McDonalds, a shopping centre and a medical centre. This particular intersection is also located within the Papakura Town Centre. As a result, pedestrian accessibility should be promoted. The depth of the pedestrian waiting area is approximately 1.6 metres, which is under the preferred depth of 2.0 metres. This ensures that waiting pedestrians and their belongings (such as prams and wheelchairs) do not protrude into the traffic lane and are well protected from moving vehicles.
  • Request for continuous kerbing rather than individual concrete blocks. To ensure consistency, the proposed kerbs will match the existing kerbing in the surrounding area.
  • Concern that the proposal will cause traffic holdups, particularly as a result of the removal of the slip lane. The performance of the left-turning slip lane is often compromised as it is very short. The slip lane is blocked when two or three vehicles are queued at the traffic lights waiting to go straight ahead. Traffic modelling has also indicated that the intersection will still operate within capacity when the slip lane is removed, with only a small potential delay for left-turning traffic.
  • Request for additional works. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please provide feedback here.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.