4204 Great North Road, Glendene – Pedestrian safety improvements 4204 Great North Road, Glendene – Pedestrian safety improvements

Proposal status: Closed

Reference number: VRU2022-026

Proposal update

We advised you in August 2022 that these works were scheduled to be constructed between June and August 2023.

Fortunately, we have completed the project design earlier than expected.

Next steps

These works are now scheduled to start in the first week of June 2023. 

Proposal outcome

In May 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety in Glendene by installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing outside 4204 Great North Road. This proposal aims to give priority to pedestrians trying to cross the road and guide drivers to slow down when approaching the crossing. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the following minor change to the proposal. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.

  • Keep the bus stop and shelter outside 4307 Great North Road in its original location.

Download the updated project drawing (PDF 592KB)

What happens next

We anticipate the changes will be constructed in June to August 2023. However, we will update the webpage if there is any change to the programme.

Community feedback

Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We received a good amount of feedback and heard the community's concerns about pedestrian safety. The majority of the respondents expressed their approval but have suggested changes to the original proposal. A summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them, is below.

Service Delay Issues

  • Concern that the proposal may cause issues for heavy vehicles and affect emergency services travelling along the road.      

The focus of this project is to improve pedestrian safety along Great North Road. We designed the proposed raised crossing to have a low height of 75mm to minimise the impact on vehicles, including heavy vehicles and emergency service vehicles. We consult with emergency services on all of our proposals and on this proposal, we also consulted with the Heavy Haulage Association.

Raised Pedestrian Crossing

  • Request to install a flat pedestrian crossing without the raised table as it is a busy road.

We are committed to a Vision Zero strategy to achieve zero deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The raised feature of the design is essential to encourage motorists to slow down to a safe speed when approaching the crossing. Slower speeds will minimise harm in the event of a crash. To some extent, the raised feature will also discourage motorists from running a red light. We expect a raised signalised crossing will create minimal delays to traffic and maintain the same level of service to motorists while providing a safer crossing facility for pedestrians.

Location of Proposal

  • Request to make the Kirby Street- Great North Road intersection signalised with pedestrian crossings instead of the current proposed location.

Great North Road carries traffic volumes of approximately 27,000 vehicles per day whereas Kirby Street carries approximately 3,500 vehicles per day. The proposal will create gaps in traffic when drivers stop at the red light which will allow motorists to safely enter and exit Kirby Street.

Noise issues

  • Concern that the raised crossing may create noise, especially from heavy vehicles travelling through the area.

The focus of this project is to improve pedestrian safety. Heavy vehicles will be able to drive over the crossing efficiently and safely, while the low 75mm height will minimise noise.

Cycling infrastructure

  • Concern about the dangers of the road when using a bike. Requesting for more cycle lanes in the area.

We have identified Great North Road for improved cycling facilities in our long-term vision for Auckland's integrated transport system. The project is part of wider pedestrian safety improvements and is one of many stages of improvements planned for Great North Road.


  • Request that project costings be divulged in the interest of transparency.

The project will cost approximately $300,000 to $350,000 dollars, subject to there being no major issues during construction.

  • Request to install the same pedestrian crossing at Awaroa Road where a lot of crashes were recorded.

We will add this site to our database for investigation. The sites are selected based on prioritisation ranking which focuses on pedestrian demand, crash history and land use. Currently, we are consulting with the community near Awaroa Road, for the purpose of potentially upgrading the intersection of Great North Road and Hepburn Road. This proposal aims to provide safer pedestrian crossing facilities

We’re proposing improvements in your area  

We are proposing to improve pedestrian safety in Glendene by installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing outside 4204 Great North Road.

We are proposing to:

  • Install a new raised signalised pedestrian crossing.
  • Install tactile pavers at the approach to the crossing. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to the crossings.
  • Move existing bus stop outside 4204 Great North Road to outside property 4208. Bus stop outside property 4307 will be moved to 4299 as well. These changes will allow greater comfort for passengers boarding the bus services.
  • Install advance warning signage to inform drivers about crossings.

Download the proposal drawing for 4204 Great North Road (PDF 2.79MB).

As part of the region-wide pedestrian improvements programme, this part of Great North Road in Glendene has been highlighted as an area in need of safer pedestrian crossing facilities with several traffic-related accidents recorded.

This proposal aims to improve pedestrian safety from speeding vehicles by installing a raised signalised crossing. This will give priority to pedestrians trying to cross the road and guide drivers to slow down when approaching the crossing.

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 consider 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.

Glendene: 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 Great North 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).