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Kirby St and Great North Rd - Pedestrian refuge island Kirby St and Great North Rd - Pedestrian refuge island

Consultation status: closed 27 March 2017

We are seeking feedback on a proposal to improve safety for pedestrians crossing the intersection of Kirby Street and Great North Road in Glendene.

We propose to:

  • Rebuild the footpath and install a new pram crossing with tactile pavers.
  • Install a new pedestrian refuge island with new flush median road markings and sign. 
  • New No stopping at all times restriction (broken yellow lines) near the intersection, removing two parking spaces.

Why the changes are needed

These changes will improve safety by encouraging slower vehicle speeds around the intersection. The new broken yellow lines and road markings will improve visibility and accessibility for pedestrians and vehicles. 

Download the consultation drawing for Kirby Street (PDF 473KB)


Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received 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

  • Question whether the changes will restrict vehicles exiting Kirby Street to one lane. Currently, Kirby Street only has one designated lane for vehicles turning onto Great North Road, however some vehicles do stop side by side while waiting to exit. The proposed pedestrian refuge island will formally reduce the exit to one lane though given the relatively low traffic volumes this is unlikely to cause long delays. Furthermore, a single lane will improve safety by providing a refuge area for pedestrians and better visibility for drivers of left turning vehicles as there would be no right turning vehicles blocking their view.
  • Request that the No stopping at all times lines (broken yellow lines) be extended to 72 Kirby Street. The length of broken yellow lines is adequate for vehicles turning onto Kirby Street to stay on the correct side of the road until clear of the intersection.
  • Request for additional works including relocation of the power box, road maintenance requests and tree trimming. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please provide feedback here.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work throughout 2017/18, 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.