Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive, Papakura – Pedestrian improvements Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive, Papakura – Pedestrian improvements

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: MIP2122-025

Proposal outcome

In March 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive in Papakura. These changes are in response to concerns from Opaheke Primary School and the community. 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 within 2022/2023. At present, we plan to begin construction before April 2023, however the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact on our construction schedule with its effects on contractor availability, labour, and construction material supply chains. We will be in touch with residents and nearby businesses prior to any construction taking place.

Community feedback

Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. Most respondents supported the changes, with residents telling us they were supportive of the raised crossing, because it will lower vehicle speeds and provide a safe place for the community to cross the road. In their feedback, people told us that a safer crossing point was long overdue and reported the high speeds in the area as unsafe for themselves, children, and older residents.

The following is a summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them.

Bus Routes

  • Concern that moving the bus stop to the other side of the road will disrupt the bus route.
  • Suggestion that AT request feedback from the bus company.

Tasman drive is not part of a public bus route, the bus that stops there is a school bus from Opaheke Primary School. As part of the consultation process, we request feedback from key stakeholders like emergency services or nearby schools. Opaheke Primary School was asked for feedback and submitted their support for the positioning of the bus stop.

Signage

  • Concern that there is insufficient signage on the approach to the crossing so drivers may not slowdown in time.

The detailed designs will include signage as per the recommended design standards to provide advanced warning of the crossings.

  • Concern that heavy vehicles would avoid the altered crossing and drive through quieter streets.
  • Suggestion to install "No Heavy Motor Vehicle" signage on Greenhaven Ave, Tasman Drive and Short Street.

The extent of the improvement is limited to a small section of Opaheke Road, therefore this route will remain accessible even for heavy vehicles. We would expect that the likelihood of heavy vehicles choosing a different route is very low.

Carparking

  • Concern over people parking in driveways and blocking the road at school pick-ups and drop-offs and that this will get worse with fewer carparks.

There are already white painted parking bays on Tasman Drive to show drivers where they can legally park. Any illegal parking behaviour can be reported to Auckland Transport with the details of the vehicle for parking enforcement by phoning us on: (09) 355 3553 .

  • Suggestion to implement further parking restrictions.

The proposed broken yellow line (no stopping at any time) parking restrictions are only located at the intersections and the zebra crossings as they are intended to improve visibility between pedestrians and drivers. The objective of this proposal is to encourage slower speeds in the area and improve safety around the school.

  • Suggestion to extend restricted school carparking.

The proposed special school vehicle parking is parking specifically for school vehicles during pick-up and drop-off times. We have consulted with Opaheke Primary School and they support the proposed extra special school parking.

Speeding 

  • Suggestion to investigate speed limits along Opaheke Road due to concerns about speeding, especially trucks.
  • Suggestion for judder bars at Boundary Road and Short Street ends of Opaheke Road.
  • Suggestion for speed bumps and pedestrian crossing on Short Street.

The raised zebra crossing, as proposed, is a standard safety intervention and is proven to reduce death and serious injury type crashes by slowing down vehicles at crossing points to a survivable speed. The objective of this project is to encourage slower speeds and improve safety on Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive, especially nearby to Opaheke Primary School. These suggestions are currently outside of the scope of this project.

However, Auckland Transport currently have plans to lower the speed limits on streets adjacent to Opaheke School in later 2022, more information can be found on our Proposed Speed Limits page.

  • Suggestion to put in speed cameras.

Auckland Transport do not install speed cameras as the responsibility of the enforcement of speeding vehicles is with the NZ Police.

Pedestrian Crossing Adjustments

  • Suggestion that the approach and exit ramps of the crossing should be shallow and longer so that traffic will not have to stop.

The aim of this project is to lower high vehicle​ speeds and create a safer crossing point for pedestrians and vulnerable road users. The ramps of the crossing are proposed as per the current standards, to which vehicles will not have to stop completely to travel over the raised table.

  • Suggestion to reposition crossing a little further north to allow 50 & 49 Opaheke Road to turn out into the street more easily.

Thank you for your suggestion. The location of the crossing is based on where pedestrians are currently crossing and where there is a clear and observed crossing demand. A vehicle tracking check was carried out as part of the investigation for this project to ensure that these driveways are still easily accessible.

Footpath Widening 

  • Concern that earthworks/removal of the vegetation related to widening the footpath will destabilise the nearby slope.

Thank you for your feedback, we will review this during the detailed design phase.


We proposed improvements in your area

Opaheke Primary School and the local community have raised concerns about the safety of children in on Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive. Auckland Transport investigated the area and found opportunities for improvement.

We are proposing to improve pedestrian safety near Opaheke Primary by upgrading a crossing on Opaheke Road and making changes to car and bus parking on Tasman Drive. We ask for just a few minutes of your time to give us your feedback.

We are proposing to:

  • Upgrade the existing zebra crossing at 47 Opaheke Road to a raised table zebra crossing, which is a crossing on top of a wide, flat speed hump.
  • Widen the footpath along the west side of Opaheke Road near the crossing.
  • Update the signage and line markings to bring the existing crossing at 12 Tasman Drive up to current standards.
  • Upgrade one existing school bus stop at the entrance to Opaheke Primary School and create two more special school vehicle parking areas at 14 and 16 Tasman Drive. Parking would be restricted for school vehicles only, 8:00-8:40 AM and 2:20-3:00 PM, school days only.
  • Install tactile pavers on the footpaths at the upgraded crossing as well as the existing raised zebra crossing at 12 Tasman Drive. These pavers are yellow textured tiles that help guide the visually impaired.
  • Install a StayPut school crossing patrol system which is a special sign pole that has the school patrol STOP signs built in for easy use at the upgraded crossing on Opaheke Road.
  • Paint broken yellow lines (no stopping at any time lines) to improve visibility for pedestrians around:
    • The upgraded crossing at 47 Opaheke Road, removing 12 parking spaces.
    • The existing crossing at 12 Tasman Drive, removing 5 parking spaces.
    • The corners of Callis Avenue, Fairview Avenue, and Tasman Drive at their intersections with Opaheke Road, removing 11 parking spaces.

Download the proposal drawing for Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive (PDF 1MB)

These changes aim to improve safety for people walking on Opaheke Road and Tasman Drive, especially for the students of Opaheke Primary School.

The raised zebra crossing on Opaheke Road would make people crossing the road more visible and slow drivers to a safer speed near the crossing. Its height would match the footpath height so it is comfortable for everyone to cross, especially people with prams or wheelchairs.

The parking changes on Tasman Drive would ensure that school buses can park safely when dropping off and picking up students. We understand that removing parking is inconvenient, so we have limited the parking removals to the minimum that would provide good visibility at the intersections and crossings for everyone on the road.

Papakura: 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 Opaheke 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).