Shirley Rd & Station Rd, Papatoetoe - Intersections improvements Shirley Rd & Station Rd, Papatoetoe - Intersections improvements

Proposal status: closed 9 July 2018

Reference number: MIP1718-299

We're proposing changes in your area

We are proposing to reduce the width of the existing central island along Station Road and adjacent to Wylie Road thereby providing sufficient road width for two traffic lanes and single cycle lane which leads into a protected cycle intersection approach.

A new protected cycleway facility is proposed at the intersection in addition to a fully signalised left turn traffic lane.

Download the proposal drawing for Shirley Road and Station Road (PDF 1.6MB)

Why the changes are needed

Cyclists are in direct conflict with cars turning left and there are currently no crossing facilities for pedestrians over the left turn slip lane.

The proposed cycleway and signalised crossing facilities will improve safety for both cyclists and pedestrians. The proposed formation of two dedicated traffic lanes on Station Road will increase traffic capacity and ease the flow of traffic during peak times at the intersection of Shirley Road and Station Road.

Proposal outcome

This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. A summary of the community feedback we received and answers to questions and concerns is below.

Feedback received

  • Suggestion to have the eastbound protected lane start sooner and for the new bike signal to be automated. The length of the traffic island will be extended as far as practical to accommodate the two traffic lanes, the cycle lane and the footpath while maintaining the current road width.
  • Mention that traffic control will be optimised during detailed design stage for all road users. The cycleway is rarely used in this area and further improvements will only cause disruption to motorists. The existing cycle facility is not safe due to cyclists needing to merge alongside turning traffic. The project provides a safe pedestrian crossing on Shirley Road while also enhancing cycle facilities. Traffic modelling of the intersection confirms minimal disruption to vehicle traffic. Traffic control will be optimised during detailed design stage for all road users.
  • Statement that the cycleway is not maintained and the build-up of debris can be hazardous for cyclists. The project provides new pedestrian facilities and a safe cycle facility at the intersection of Station Road and Shirley Road. Due to the grades on the bridge, the build-up of debris is expected to be minimal.
  • Question if there will be any tree removal as part of this proposal. Tree removal is not part of this project.
  • Question about where the overhead traffic pole will be relocated to. The existing island on the left turn slip lane will be removed and the signal pole relocated.
  • Suggestion that CCTV is required at this junction as a deterrent for speeding. A CCTV is a standard for new signalised intersections, and will be included in the final design.

Next steps

This work will happen between July 2018 and June 2019, 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.