Great North Road, New Lynn – Driveway safety improvements Great North Road, New Lynn – Driveway safety improvements

Proposal status: Feedback closed 17 February 2020, last updated 4 June 2020.

Reference number: RSU1920-076

We proposed changes in your area in February 2020

To improve the safety of people walking and cycling we proposed installing a speed bump across the shared driveway of 3601 Great North Road in New Lynn. This aims to reduce drivers speeds when they are crossing the footpath to leave the driveway.

Download the proposal drawing for Great North Road (PDF 502KB)

Proposal outcome

The proposed changes will proceed to the next stage of detailed planning before being implemented. Please note the drawing has been updated to more accurately represent the position of the speed bump.

The addition of the speed bump is an interim measure and we will monitor the location after construction. We will investigate new treatments, in particular focusing on improving visual aids to warn both drivers and pedestrians at this driveway.

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.

Download the updated drawing for Great North Road (PDF 791KB)

Community feedback

  • Respondent expressed concern that the speed bump will not affect driver behaviour. People will still drive too fast. Has observed that other similar speed bumps, with stop signs, are not respected.
    The rubber speed bumps have been used successfully at other locations throughout Auckland. For example, at the downtown ferry terminal in Auckland Central. They have presented no issues with vehicles, including delivery trucks, and have been effective in slowing down drivers.
  • Respondent suggested that there is no issue of drivers exiting this lane too quickly.
    There have been some incidents at other locations with a similar driveway layout. This has highlighted the lack of clear priority at driveways for pedestrians/cyclists on the footpath and the need for certain safety improvements. Installing the rubber speed bump in conjunction with the existing pedestrian warning bollards, road markings (yellow studs) and driver warning signs should slow down drivers entering and exiting the driveway to safer speeds, leading to safer outcomes for all road users around the driveway.
  • Respondent suggested to paint the road before and after the bump to help highlight it for both drivers and pedestrians.
    There are safety measures already in place for both the drivers coming out of the driveway and pedestrians crossing the driveway. These include:
    • bollards on both sides of the driveway, as well as yellow (stud) markers installed on the footpath on both sides of the driveway. These raise awareness and warn pedestrians of the driveway and entering and exiting vehicles.
    • an existing warning sign facing the driveway traffic on Great North Road "Turning Traffic Give Way To Pedestrians". This alerts drivers to people crossing the driveway.

      The proposed speed bump consists of reflectors, black and yellow in colour. They are highly visible for both pedestrians and motorists in the daytime and at night. No additional road marking will be required.
  • Respondent requested for measures to stop speeding and red light running in Clark Street before the Clark Street overbridge.
    Thank you for your feedback. Your concern has been noted and we will review this intersection.
  • Respondent requested separated cycle lanes along Great North Road.
    We will forward this request to the Planning and Investment team for investigation.
  • Respondent requested more raised crossings around the area, in particular outside Green Bay Primary School and outside Green Bay shops.
    We will forward this request to the Road Safety team for investigation.

Next steps

These works are planned to be delivered in July 2020, but 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.