Auckland Transport

Great North Rd & St Jude Street, Avondale - Roundabout Improvements

Consultation status: closed 15 May 2017

We are proposing to make the following improvements:

  • Modify the position of the approach road markings and splitter islands to provide more adequate deflection (the angle at which drivers can enter the roundabout).
  • Install a kerb build out at the Great North Road (north approach) to facilitate left-turning movement and visibility.
  • Install a speed hump on Great North Road to reduce speeds further.
  • Upgrade or relocate signs as required.

Why the changes are needed

We have identified this roundabout as a one of the high-risk intersections in Auckland. The NZTA crash analysis shows that vehicles are failing to give way due to poor observation, high speeds of approaching vehicles and inadequate deflection for the Great North Road (north approach).

The proposed changes aim to guide drivers around the roundabout more safely. This will ultimately reduce the number of crashes and improve safety of drivers and pedestrians at this location.

Download the consultation drawing for Great North Rd & St Jude Street (PDF 1MB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received a majority of positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Suggestion that the traffic flow at this roundabout has increased significantly over the years and the proposal will not address this issue. The aim of this project is to address the safety issues based on crash data. The implementation of these changes will help slow vehicles down where injury collisions occurred in the past five years. Slowing vehicles down increases the overall safety of the intersection and reduces the severity of crashes.
  • Request to install a pedestrian crossing closer to the roundabout to address pedestrian jaywalking. A pedestrian crossing closer to the roundabout is unfeasible for the following reasons:
    1.   This is a multi-lane intersection with wide crossing distances which are unsafe to cross.
    2.   Great North Road is a major arterial route with a high volume of vehicular traffic. If vehicles were queueing at the approaches to the roundabout, drivers might struggle to see pedestrians crossing which could lead to accidents.
    3.   On-street parking will have to be removed to achieve a safe crossing sight distance. The removal of parking might disadvantage local business owners and tenants. We encourage people on foot to cross Great North Road at the existing zebra crossings closer to the local shops. These are positioned in a safe location with greater visibility.
  • Suggestion to consider a lower speed limit on Great North Road between St Jude St and Rosebank Rd. Although there are no plans for a speed limit change on Great North Road along Avondale town centre at this stage, it will be reviewed and considered in the future as part of the Speed Management programme.
  • Request for additional works including provision for cyclists along this route. Please provide your feedback here if you would like your request to be considered for future development work.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work in July 2017 and throughout 2017/2018, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.