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Rathlin St and Exminster St, Blockhouse Bay - Parking restrictions Rathlin St and Exminster St, Blockhouse Bay - Parking restrictions

Consultation status: closed 5 October 2017

Proposal reference: BYL-166

We are proposing to install broken yellow lines at the intersection of Rathlin and Exminster Streets in Blockhouse Bay which will result in the lose of some on-street parking.

Why the changes are needed

Cars parked near this intersection make it difficult for drivers turning out of Rathlin St to see oncoming traffic. These changes will ensure driver visibility improving safety in the area.

Download the consultation drawing for Rathlin St and Exminster St (PDF 579KB)

Feedback

Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal received mixed feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning. These changes are described below.

Specific feedback and proposed solution

  • Requests for speed bumps to be installed on Rathlin St on approaches to the intersection with Exminster St to slow traffic and ensure that drivers stop at the STOP traffic control. Requests were also made for a roundabout to resolve safety concerns at the intersection. While respondents agreed that the proposed parking restrictions will aid driver visibility, the primary issue at this intersection is reported to be hazardous traffic speeds. This proposal has been expanded to include additional speed calming measures that will highlight the STOP control. These include installing two new STOP AHEAD road markings, expanding the width of the yellow stop line so that appears thicker and more defined, and installing a new white continuity line through the intersection. While these measures do not include speed bumps, Rathlin St will stay on our list of sites for future speed calming treatments. This programme of work is subject to an annual reprioritisation of projects for delivery within allocated resources and it is important to note that many roads are presently ranked with higher importance.
  • Requests for STOP traffic control road markings to be regularly repainted and maintained. This proposal now includes re-marking and expanding the yellow stop line. 
  • A request for parking restrictions (broken yellow lines) to be extended further along Exminster St. The parking restrictions are not thought to be sufficient in ensuring driver visibility on approach to the intersection. This request will not be incorporated in our proposal as extensive parking restrictions would lead to vehicles travelling at higher speeds on approach to the intersection. Cars parked at the kerbside have the effect of visually narrowing the road, thereby encouraging greater driver awareness and reducing driver speeds. Our proposal aims to maintain adequate visibility around the intersection whilst avoiding higher vehicle speeds.
  • A request for additional works including the installation of speed cameras in this area to discourage speeding vehicles. New Zealand Police are responsible for managing speed cameras and can be contacted through their General Enquiries channel.

Next steps

We expect to introduce this work in the 2017/2018 financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.