Auckland Transport

Walpole Avenue, Manurewa - Kea Crossing

Consultation status: closed 16 December 2016

Proposed changes:

  • Install a kea crossing facility outside the back gate of Hillpark Primary School, to be operated by the school staff during the morning and afternoon school peak period.
  • Upgrade road markings and signs.
  • Change the current time restricted parking to No stopping at all times restrictions (broken yellow lines).

Why changes are needed

These changes will provide school children from Hillpark Primary School with a safer place to cross the road and allow better control of the traffic flow, especially during school peak hours. The new No stopping at all times restrictions are required to allow drivers see pedestrians using the crossing. Pedestrians will also have a clearer view of approaching vehicles before stepping out onto the road.

By encouraging more parents to drop off and pick up their children at this location, we also reduce the congestion in the frontal school gate.

These improvements aim to make the road and footpath environment safe as part of our coordinated plan to develop safer road layouts, promote sustainable travel and ensure ease of passage for those travelling on foot. As part of these improvements, Auckland Transport will also upgrade any sub-standard street lighting as and when required.

Download the Walpole Avenue consultation plans (PDF 777KB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Enquiry whether the No stopping at all times restrictions are necessary. Considering the majority of the responses were not in favour of the proposed broken yellow lines, we will retain the existing no stopping restrictions during the school times on Walpole Street.
  • Suggestion that there be speed humps or a speed table installed to provide additional traffic calming. Walpole Avenue is a very low traffic volume road with no speed related crashes recorded in the NZTA crash database. Therefore, traffic calming devises such as speed humps and speed tables are not warranted for addition on Walpole Street.
  • Question as to why the use of a lesser residential street is encouraged when Grand Vue Rd has much more space and it is a much wider street. The school management would like to encourage parents to use Walpole Street as it has less traffic volume than Grand Vue Road.
  • Request that there needs to be a street monitor to address people parking across driveways. In the event of parents blocking the driveways, please call us for parking enforcement on 09-355-3553.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.