Auckland Transport

Rathgar Road, Henderson - specific feedback

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

Site specific feedback

  • Site 1 - Concern the speed table is too close to Universal Drive. The location of the speed table was selected to provide a ‘gateway’ effect and prevent motorists from speeding up before the speed table at site 2.
  • Site 3 - Concern the speed table may be unnecessary as it is not too close to a school. The objective of the proposal is to reduce the operating speed along the length of Rathgar Road, rather than only outside schools. Site observations have shown that students walk along Rathgar Road towards Universal Drive, making it important to calm speeds in this area of the road as well.
  • Sites 6, 7 and 9 - Concern the side islands may create a pinch point for cyclists.
    While we understand the concerns raised, the proposal does not create new pinch points as there are existing side islands at site 7 and 9 and on-street parking is permitted along the length of Rathgar Road.
  • Site 8 - Request to trim trees overhanging footpath. We will refer your request regarding overhanging trees to our maintenance team for their consideration.
  • Site 8 - Concern on proposed removal of one tree. Unfortunately, this is required in order to make it possible to install a new manhole and stormwater pipe.
  • Site 8 - Request to install traffic lights at intersection of Rathgar Road and Edwards Ave. This has been considered previously. However, an investigation demonstrated that traffic signals were not warranted at this intersection.
  • Site 10 - Request to not install a speed table at site 10. There was no speed table proposed at site 10. Instead, red surface treatment (road markings) with the word “SLOW” in large letters was proposed at this site.
  • 8. Site 10 - Request to install a speed table at site 10 instead of only red surface treatment. We are not able to install an additional speed table at site 10 at this time. However, as this site is close to the intersection of Rathgar Road and Swanson Road, drivers are expected to travel at slower speeds when approaching to and from the intersection.
  • Site 10 - Request to relocate existing bus stop outside 4 Rathgar Road to preserve parking. The movement of this existing bus stop to the north would only take parking from elsewhere, and the locations of bus stops are selected to work with all other elements of the road corridor. On-street parking takes a lower priority than other public uses of the kerb space.
  • Site 10 - Request for bus shelter at existing bus stop outside 4 Rathgar Road. The provision of bus shelters is based on patronage assessment. As this is an outbound bus stop from Henderson, it is unlikely to be a strong candidate for a shelter in the short term.

General feedback

  • Request for speed cameras instead of speed tables. Speed tables are more effective at encouraging slower speed environments, as they physically require all motorists to slow down while driving along Rathgar Road.
  • Request to make sure the speed tables can withstand buses and larger vehicles. Our engineers agree and will be sure to accommodate buses and larger vehicles.
  • Concern that driveway visibility can be impaired by parked vehicles. It is illegal to park within one metre of a driveway. If you should notice vehicles parked illegally, please contact the AT call centre to request enforcement on (09) 355 3553.
  • Request to make the crossings and surrounding kerbs power-wheelchair friendly. Our engineers agree and will ensure any proposed pram crossings are constructed to acceptable gradients.
  • Request for traffic lights at the intersection of Rathgar Road and Universal Drive. This has been considered previously. However, the proposal is currently on hold and subject to future prioritisation. We are currently considering other measures to improve safety at this intersection.
  • Request for broken yellow lines (road markings) or parking enforcement in Ti Nana Crescent. Broken yellow lines indicate No stopping at all times restrictions and would apply at all times. The existing parking restrictions in Ti Nana Crescent are part time only, so broken yellow lines would not be appropriate. We will refer your request for parking enforcement to our enforcement team. If you should notice vehicles parked illegally, please also contact the AT call centre on (09) 355 3553.
  • Request for additional works including a left-turn lane from Pomaria Road into Lincoln Road. This request is outside the scope of this proposal. If you would like your request to be considered by AT for future development works, please provide feedback here.

Next stage

Due to budget availability we are planning to implement sites 8, 9 and 10 throughout 2017/2018.

The implementation of the remaining sites will be considered for delivery in future years subject to funding and prioritisation.

Contractors will issue 48 hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.