Proposal status: Closed
Reference number: SSP2021-005
We advised you in July 2021, that these works were scheduled to be constructed during the 2021/22 financial year, before June 2022.
This project now has a construction target of May 2022. We’ll write to you again with more detail about the commencement of works.
In July 2021, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Otara Road by relocating and upgrading the existing zebra crossing to make way for a new pick up/drop off area at Saint John the Evangelist School. Safety around schools is important to us and by making these changes we aim to slow driving speeds and increase drivers’ awareness of people crossing at this location. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
This project is supported by the Regional Fuel Tax.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in during the 2021/2022 financial year (subject to budget availability). We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. This proposal received full support from respondents, who expressed their belief that the proposal will improve pedestrian safety on Otara Road, particularly for school children in the area.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
In collaboration with Saint John the Evangelist School, we are proposing to improve pedestrian safety on Otara Road by relocating and upgrading the existing zebra crossing to make way for a new pick up/drop off area at the School. These changes would help improve safety for the many school children crossing the road.
We are proposing to:
- Move the existing zebra crossing from no.18 to no.20 Otara Road and upgrade it to a raised zebra crossing, meaning it will be flush with the footpath. This will improve pedestrian safety by slowing down high traffic speeds near the crossing.
- Install tactile pavers at the upgraded raised zebra crossing, which are yellow guidance paving makers to help visually impaired people find their way to crossings and safely cross the road.
- Relocate the bus stop and shelter from opposite no.20 south to opposite no.18. The bus stop is being relocated south because the existing zebra crossing on Otara Road is being moved to where the existing bus stop and shelter are located.
- Remove 9 on-street car parking spaces, to ensure drivers have a clear line of sight of people using the crossing and the bus stop. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal of parking as much as possible.
- Remove a native tree to make space for the relocated bus stop and shelter. Auckland Transport is working with an arborist to try and relocate the tree if possible or plant a new one.
- Create a right turning bay in the median strip, the section of white diagonal lines painting in the centre of the road.
- Install new signs to alert road users and pedestrians to the relocated, raised crossing.
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. This proposal is being delivered in collaboration with developments at Saint John the Evangelist School, who are building a school pick up and drop off zone. Within their plans, the school proposed to move the existing zebra crossing and relocate the existing bus stop and as part of Auckland Transport’s Safe Schools Programme we are proposing to raise the relocated zebra crossing on Otara Road. This will ensure that all developments are in accordance with Auckland Transport’s wider network projects and improve the safety of pedestrians and road users on Otara Road.
Safety around schools is important to us and by making these changes we aim to slow driving speeds and increase driver’s awareness of people crossing at this location. Removing some on street parking is necessary to support these changes. We understand removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal.
What happens next
- We’ll consider 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.
- This proposal is supported by the Auckland regional fuel tax and is part of the Safe Schools Programme.
Otara Road, Otara: 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 Otara 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).