Auckland Transport

Porchester Rd & Walters Rd, Takanini - Roundabout improvements

Consultation status: closed 27 June 2017

We are proposing to:

  • Install three pedestrian refuge islands with associated footpath changes on the approaches to the roundabout.
  • Install broken yellow lines (BYLs) north of the roundabout on Porchester Road (outside #168 to #170 and #70 to #151).
  • Remove all splitter islands from roundabout approaches, replacing them with fully mountable concrete islands.
  • Remove a pram crossing on southern corner of Porchester Road and one angle parking space on Walters Road, reinstating kerb and grass berm at both locations.

Why the changes are needed

Currently only two of the four legs of the roundabout provide pedestrian amenity with neither providing adequate physical protection for pedestrians. This proposal will add an additional pedestrian crossing point and include refuge islands in order to improve protection for pedestrians.

The removal of the current pram crossing on Porchester Road (south) is due to it providing no physical protection and having poor visibility. The current layout causes larger vehicles to either mount the kerb or the splitter islands in order to negotiate the roundabout.

As this is an arterial road connecting the Takanini industrial area to Mill Road, Alfriston and Clevedon the problem occurs regularly.

Download the consultation drawing for Porchester Road & Walters Road (PDF 893KB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

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

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Enquiry of how to cross at #166 Porchester Road to get to the school once getting off the bus as there is no refuge island. The existing zebra crossing located outside #162 Porchester Road provides a safe crossing location for this.
  • The width of this roundabout (and two others on the road) is too large, as large trucks often mount it and damage signage. The current proposal will address the issues of large vehicles over-running pedestrian facilities or kerb lines when turning. There have been minor improvements made to the existing roundabout at Manuroa Road, however there are no significant changes scheduled at this stage.
  • Suggestion it’s not very clear whether there are any pedestrian crossing markings. There are no zebra markings included in this proposal and pedestrians are expected to give way to traffic. The proposal ensures that appropriate visibility distance is available to pedestrians to assess for safe crossing opportunities. We believe zebra markings are not appropriate at the proposed crossing locations due to their proximity to the roundabout and the low volume of pedestrians.
  • Request for additional works including steel barrier needed by signalised pedestrian crossing on Walters Rd and Arion Rd and phasing extension for elderly on same intersection. If you would like your request to be considered for future development works, provide feedback here.

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.