Proposal status: Feedback closed 21 May 2020, last updated 25 February 2021.
Reference number: CSFP1.6
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whanau. As a result, Auckland Council has implemented an Emergency Budget which has reduced AT’s capital and operating budgets. This could mean this project is delayed. We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
Once the budget is confirmed, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning before being constructed.
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.
- Concern the crossing is not where most people want to cross and people will cross elsewhere.
A pedestrian survey was carried out at this location which indicated there is a desire to cross here.
- Suggestion for the crossing to be outside #41 Wood Street instead of #43.
Other locations have been investigated, however due to existing constraints of driveways and the drainage infrastructure it was not possible.
- Request for a site visit post lockdown to see the issues with the influx of trucks and pedestrian safety issues.
This location has already been investigated. Unfortunately, due to existing constraints of driveways and the drainage infrastructure it was not possible.
- Concern that the timing of the proposal meant people wouldn't want to provide feedback.
We understand that this may not be the right time, however we are working with strict delivery timeframes. Consulting at a later date will put the delivery of this project at risk of not being delivered.
- Belief that the small amount of foot traffic on this road does not warrant the amount of work and expense.
This is a Papakura Local Board led project in which they have identified to Auckland Transport that a safe crossing was required at this location.
- Belief that more lights are not needed as the street is well light up from the lights of the supermarket.
A street lighting review will be undertaken following this consultation. However, it is important that this crossing be lit to ensure pedestrians are visible during low light periods.
- Query if a crossing is planned on East Street to help the flow into the town centre.
There have been some initial investigations for a crossing at this location, however it has not been included in this programme of works nor has it been prioritised in any other AT programme currently.
- Request for parking restrictions on Duke Street.
On-street parking is a valuable community asset that must be managed fairly and appropriately to ensure that the available parking is beneficial for the wider community. We are therefore unable to make any changes solely to meet the needs of a particular individual, business, or organisation. If vehicles are parking for unusually long period of times, our enforcement team can investigate abandoned vehicles. If you witness vehicles parking in this manner, you are welcome to call our contact centre on (09) 355 3553.
- Query why New World staff park on Duke Street.
On-street parking is a public asset and therefore any resident or persons visiting the street can park their vehicles, provided they are parked legally. There are no bylaws, rules or regulations to indicate or support that on-street parking outside any particular property is reserved for the residents of that house. It is important to note that AT has no legal grounds for stopping or preventing other residents parking outside a particular house.
- Request for a roundabout at the Duke Street/Wellington Street intersection.
There have been no reported crashes at this location in the last 5 years. We therefore cannot currently justify an upgrade to this intersection.
- Request for speed bumps on Wellington Street.
We are currently working to a plan to reduce speeds on Auckland’s roads. This plan targets the highest priority areas based on the level of safety risk measured for each road on our network. The initial roll out of speed reduction is focused on approximately 10 per cent of our road network, including residential areas. While we do appreciate your concerns, Wellington Street has not been identified in the first group of areas within our Residential Speed Management programme as other areas in the region are experiencing higher speeds and safety risk. More information, including the residential areas that will be prioritised for further investigation can be viewed on the Residential Speed Management Programme page on our website.
We've proposed changes in your area, in May 2020
To improve road crossing safety for pedestrians and cyclists, Papakura Local Board and Auckland Transport proposed to install a new raised zebra crossing at 43 Wood Street in Papakura.
On Wood Street we proposed to:
- Install a raised zebra crossing. It is expected to improve safety by slowing high vehicle speeds on the approach to the crossing.
- Install side islands that will make it safer for people by reducing the crossing distance and increasing their line of sight for approaching drivers.
- Install kerb ramps and tactile pavers and reconstruct the footpath and grass berm to improve access onto the crossing.
- Install new road markings, signage and streetlights to make sure the crossings can be clearly seen by approaching drivers.
- Add broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) to make sure that parked cars do not block the view of the crossing and pedestrians. This involves removing 8 car parking spaces.
On Duke Street we proposed to:
- Install new road markings and signage to make road users aware of the upcoming crossing on Wood Street.
Community Safety Fund
This proposal is part of the Community Safety Fund. Auckland Transport is partnered with the Papakura Local Board to deliver this project, as part of more than 80 safety improvement projects across the Auckland region. The Community Safety Fund is a $20 million programme focused on addressing local road safety concerns raised by the community to local boards and ward councillors.
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 Elliot Street 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).
We will be in touch with you when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. Once funding is secured, our contractors will send notices to residents or businesses affected by works 48 hours before the work starts.