Sheehan Avenue, Papakura – Raised zebra crossing Sheehan Avenue, Papakura – Raised zebra crossing

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: 20100357

Proposal outcome

In February 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Sheehan Avenue in Papakura by installing a raised zebra crossing and upgrading the nearby footpaths with new kerb ramps.

After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with a minor change. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.

We are now planning to install a bus shelter at 6 Sheehan Avenue instead of 4 Sheehan Avenue. The plans have changed to make sure Chorus will still be able to work on their services access point outside 4 Sheehan Avenue.

Download the updated proposal drawing (PDF 749KB)

What happens next

We anticipate the changes will be constructed in the 2022 to 2023 financial year, likely around September 2022. This will depend on a few factors, like the availability of contractors. We will be in touch with nearby residents and businesses prior to any construction taking place.

Community feedback

Your local knowledge has helped us make this decision for your neighbourhood. Most respondents supported proposed changes, telling us they believed the upgraded crossing would be safer for children in the neighbourhood. A respondent raised their concerns about the proposed parking removal: 

  • Concern the parking removal will negatively impact residents.
    Retaining as many on-street parking spaces as possible is an important factor we consider during the design process. We paint broken yellow lines near raised zebra crossings to prevent vehicles from parking too close, which can block sight lines.
    Parking removal helps keep the road clear, so that drivers and people crossing the road have an unobstructed view of each other. We have limited the parking removal to the minimum that will still provide good visibility at the crossing.

We're proposing improvements in your area

Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. 

As part of a region-wide pedestrian safety programme, we are proposing to upgrade the existing pedestrian crossing at 16 Sheehan Avenue to a raised zebra crossing. 

We are proposing to:

  • Upgrade the existing zebra crossing at 16 Sheehan Avenue to a raised zebra crossing. This is a wide, flat speed bump that pedestrians cross over. 
  • Upgrade the kerb ramps at the intersections of Sheehan Avenue and Salas Place, Maurice Street, and Rollerson Street. Kerb ramps are short ramps that make it easy for wheelchairs and strollers to get on and off the footpath while crossing the road.  
  • Install a bus shelter at the bus stop at 4 Sheehan Avenue.
  • Install broken yellow lines on both sides of Sheehan Avenue near the proposed crossing. This would remove 7 parking spaces.

Download the proposal drawing for Sheehan Avenue (PDF 3.17MB)

These changes aim to improve safety for people on Sheehan Avenue, especially for schoolchildren and people walking and taking the bus.

In recent years, there has been a serious crash involving a pedestrian at this location. Our pedestrian surveys show that schoolchildren regularly use the existing pedestrian crossing on their way to and from school. However, driving speeds over the 50km/h limit are frequently recorded on this road.

The raised zebra crossing would help reduce drivers' speeds and increase awareness and visibility of the pedestrian crossing.

As part of this work, we would upgrade the kerb ramps and bus stops in the area to make sure that walking or taking the bus is safe, accessible, and comfortable for everyone in the neighbourhood. We would need to install some parking restrictions near the upgraded crossing to help keep the road clear. That way, drivers and people crossing the road can see each other. 

If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.

What happens next

  • We’ll listen to 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.

More information

This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.

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 Sheehan Avenue 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).