Proposal status: Feedback closed 1 August 2019, last updated 2 October 2019.
Reference number: RTV-220
We’ve proposed changes in your area
In July 2019, we proposed new broken yellow lines parking restrictions and a flush median on a section of Golf Road in Titirangi.
Why the changes are needed
Our proposal responded to requests from the local community to address safety concerns regarding drivers crossing the centre line to pass parked cars.
The broken yellow lines and flush median will give drivers enough clear space to stay on the correct side of the road, while the flush median will allow them to safely turn into driveways. This involves preventing cars from parking between numbers 201 to 225 and 198 to 212 Golf Road.
The broken yellow lines and flush median will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being painted on the road. 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.
- Respondents supported the proposal for the increase in access and road safety it would enable.
Thank you for your feedback. We are very pleased that you believe our proposal will be an improvement to Golf Road.
Broken yellow lines
- Respondents requested additional broken yellow lines on Golf Road and on La Rosa Street and Gold Road.
We believe that excessive parking removal, especially on residential roads like La Rosa Street, will lead to an increase in traffic average speed so we will not be able to grant these requests. The new road markings in the originally proposed locations will help vehicles pass parked vehicles safely without crossing the centre line.
- Respondents raised concerns around parking availability, specifically regarding residents’ reliance on on-street parking due to the steepness of many driveways. This led to concerns that visitors or tradespeople may not be able to park easily.
The main aim of the proposal is to support safe access through the street. The visibility of oncoming traffic can be obstructed by parked vehicles due to the curvature of the road. Therefore, broken yellow lines are proposed to support improved visibility and safety of road users. It is also worth noting that the road is a public asset available to all road users and the road frontage is not for the exclusive use of the adjacent property owner.
- Respondents raised concerns that the proposed restrictions will affect property values.
The aim of the proposal is to support safe access through the street. The visibility of oncoming traffic can be obstructed by parked vehicles due to the curvature of the road. Therefore, broken yellow lines are proposed to support improved visibility and safety of road users. In regard to road improvements causing the devaluation of properties, we are not aware of specific cases where residents’ properties have been devalued because of proposals to improve road user safety.
- Respondents raised concerned that future subdivision of 202 Golf Road, into about 5 properties, would increase parking demand.
Please note that the road frontage is not for the exclusive use of the adjacent property owner as these plans have not been registered yet we are not able to take this into account.
- Respondents suggested that restrictions are only necessary on one side of the road, or between 198 and 212 Golf Road.
Our investigations showed that there are visibility issues along this section of Golf Road, so we have only proposed parking restrictions in locations that would improve driver visibility. These restrictions are necessary to improve safety.
- Respondents requested a peak times clearway instead of broken yellow lines.
These restrictions are intended to improve visibility along Golf Road by removing parked cars that are restricting visibility, a clearway is not suitable as it would only remove parked cars within the hours that the clearway operated.
- Respondents requested a parking ban on heavy vehicles only.
It is important for us to bear in mind that we cannot discriminate against any type of vehicle from using any road in Auckland unless there is a major operational or safety issue.
Further safety concerns
- We received several requests for speed calming measures, including a reduction of the speed limit, speed humps and pedestrian crossings.
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% of our road network, including residential areas. To address traffic speeds in residential areas, we have adopted an area-based focus for 2019 onwards. This recognises that traffic calming changes on one street have a flow-on effect on the surrounding neighbourhood. This plan will support all drivers to travel at the appropriate speed and to the road conditions.
This programme focuses delivery to areas that have been prioritised for changes in order to reduce the incidence and impact of crashes. This is based on several factors, including the number of crashes, safety risk, traffic speed, land use and concerns raised by local residents and their elected representatives.
While we do appreciate your concerns, Golf Road 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. We have added your comments to our database to indicate support for safer speeds in Titirangi.
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.
- Respondents raised concerns about the number of bus stops within half a kilometre between Gilliam Street and half way down Astley Avenue. Respondents felt that 5 bus stops were too many, especially as lots of them are on right turns, making turning dangerous. Alternatively, respondents said there was a defunct bus stop outside of number 212 Golf Road which is used as a parking bay.
We acknowledge that this arrangement can be inconvenient at times, however as buses arrive infrequently and should only be stopped briefly to pick up and drop off passengers, this situation is not expected to impose a significant delay on through traffic or drivers wanting to enter or exit a private property. The disused bus stop will be removed as part of this project and replaced with broken yellow lines.
- Respondents raised concerns about the blind bend from 214 Golf Road to Colin McMahon place, as well as driveway visibility.
Our investigations showed that there is sufficient visibility when turning out of driveways. There are already existing parking restrictions in place to improve the visibility in this location.
- We received concerns from respondents who believed the proposal would decrease road safety.
Our site observations showed that there are visibility issues along this section of Golf Road, which will be improved by our proposal to remove vehicles that obstruct visibility and cause drivers to cross the centre line to pass parked cars. Therefore, this proposal will increase safety on Golf Road.
- Respondents were concerned that the flush median is too wide, which is forcing the drivers closer to the edge of the road, where pedestrians walk. Alternatively, respondents were concerned that the flush median on the bend between numbers 200 to 206 Golf Road will encourage drivers to cut the corner when it is unobstructed by parked cars.
Flush medians are introduced on busy roads where property access needs to be maintained, but there would be benefits in removing turning vehicles from the through traffic streams. This proposal will ensure that drivers do not conflict with vehicles in the opposing lane when attempting to manoeuvre, therefore improving road safety. Regarding the bend, these excessive speeds and cutting corners are a result of poor driver behaviour. We are working closely with NZ Police to increase their road monitoring and mitigate this safety risk.
- Respondents raised concerns that the broken yellow lines will increase speeding. These concerns stemmed from the use of the adjacent footpath by school children.
The main aim of the proposal is to support safe access through the street. The visibility of oncoming traffic can be obstructed by parked vehicles due to the curvature of the road. Therefore, broken yellow lines are proposed to support improved visibility and safety of road users. We understand your concerns and can confirm that this proposal involves the minimum amount of broken yellow lines restrictions in order to minimise the negative effect of parking removal on traffic speed.
- Respondents requested that a mirror is placed on the opposite side of the right of way that begins at 201 Golf Road, as it currently difficult to see vehicles travelling up Golf Road.
Auckland Transport no longer installs convex mirrors. The reason for this is that, while convex mirrors may be useful in a limited number of locations, we have found them generally ineffective and sometimes unsafe. The mirror can give a false sense of distance and speed of an oncoming vehicle. In the past, drivers have misinterpreted what they see in the convex mirror which has put them and other road users at risk. Convex mirrors have also been subject to damage and vandalism and can be costly to install and maintain.
- Respondents raised concerns that the proposal would limit residents’ ability to reverse into their properties.
Golf Road is a major collector road with average daily traffic of 11,000 vehicles per day, we therefore do not recommend that drivers reverse into or out of driveways on Golf Road or any other busy road.
- Respondents raised concerns that Watercare maintenance is being conducted here and will soon rip up this stretch of road, as well as the works increasing parking scarcity.
AT is aware of the Watercare project, so we will do our best to minimise the impact on the traffic situation.
- Respondents asked whether the road will be resurfaced after the disruption to road surface by the Watercare project.
Yes, the road will be resurfaced when Watercare has completed its job.
We expect to begin these works in February 2020, however the time frame is dependent on the completion of the Watercare watermain replacement project. More information on this can be found on their website.
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.