Proposal status: Feedback closed 1 July 2020, last updated 6 October 2020.
Reference number: RSU1920-145
In June 2020, we proposed changes in your area
We proposed to upgrade the existing zebra crossing to a crossing with traffic lights outside Edmund Hillary School, Papakura. This location was identified through a Road Safety Investigation which showed a 75% increase in the number of pedestrians seriously injured in the last 5 years. It is expected that the changes aim to improve road safety for people walking to and from school by providing a controlled crossing and to make it safer to cross the road.
- Install a new push button pedestrian crossing with lights to make it safer for people to cross the road and access Edmund Hillary School.
- Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people to find their way to the crossing and safely cross the road.
- Install skid-resistant road surface to help prevent further accidents.
- Install streetlights to improve visibility for people walking in the area.
This proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed design before being implemented.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our proposal and gave us the chance to better understand your community and concerns. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
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 Settlement 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).
- Request for more speed restrictions during school hours as many heavy trucks and vehicles ignore speed limits.
As part of Auckland Transport’s speed management programme we are planning to review speed limits around school across the region. The appropriateness of the speed limits around Edmund Hillary School including both the speed and the extent of the variable speed limit school zone will be reviewed as part of that work.
With regard to compliance with the posted limits AT has no authority to install or operate speed cameras or to carry out other enforcement of speed limits, however we will pass on the concern to the Police.
- Concern that the proposal will affect traffic congestion in an already busy area and increase noise levels.
Drivers are already required to stop for pedestrians at the existing zebra crossing when pedestrians are waiting to cross. The signalised crossing would similarly only stop traffic when pedestrians are waiting to use the crossing. Therefore we don’t expect any significant change in the traffic congestion or in the noise generated by vehicles braking and accelerating at the crossing.
- Query as to whether or not there is entry and exit directly from the school at this side of the proposal.
There is an existing pathway and entry gate in the back corner of the school fields, approximately 10 metres from the crossing.
These works are planned for between March and June 2021, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.