Proposal status: Feedback closed
Reference number: MIP902343
In July 2022, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety in Te Atatū South by upgrading the existing school patrolled crossing to a raised zebra crossing and installing 2 speed humps along Roberts Road.
After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed.
What happens next
What happens next We anticipate the changes will be constructed in the next financial year, 2023/2024. We will update this webpage with any change to the timeframe.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We received a fair amount of feedback with most respondents being supportive of our proposal, including Freyberg Community School. In their feedback, people shared their concerns about the safety of tamariki crossing the road.
The following is a summary of the additional comments and queries we received, and our responses to them.
- Request to make sure the raised crossing is steep enough to prevent speeding vehicles.
The upgraded crossing will be designed in line with current standards and aims to slow down vehicles to a safe speed.
- Suggestion to apply more speed calming measures like road narrowing.
We’re not planning to propose further speed calming measures at this time. However, we recently consulted on Phase 3 of our Safe Speeds Programme which included a proposed 30km/h speed limit on the streets around Freyberg Community School. In September 2022 the consultation report will go to the Auckland Transport Board for approval, and once approved we’ll publish the outcome on our website.
Find out more about Phase 3 of the Safe Speeds Programme.
- Concern that the 2 speed humps are unnecessary and would only cause distress to road users.
The proposed speed humps will encourage drivers to slow down to safer speeds as they approach the area in front of the Freyburg Community School where many tamariki are being picked up and dropped off.
- Concern that speed humps can cause accidents when they are unnoticed by road users.
Warning signs will be installed at each speed hump to ensure that motorists are aware of them, as detailed on the consultation letter and this web page.
- Concern that speed humps may damage car suspension.
The speed humps will be designed in line with current standards and should not cause any vehicle damage when driven over at appropriate speeds.
- Suggestion to put more signs and “cat’s eyes” for clearer visibility at night.
Lighting and signs for the crossing and speed humps will be designed in line with current standards to ensure here is sufficient visibility of the proposed changes in all conditions, including at night.
- Request to install traffic lights at the intersection of Roberts Road and Te Atatu Road.
The intersection of Roberts Road and Te Atatu is being signalised as part of another project. Further information can be found here.
We're proposing improvements in your area
We are proposing to improve pedestrian safety in Te Atatu South by upgrading the existing school-patrolled crossing to a raised zebra crossing and installing 2 speed humps along Roberts Road.
We are proposing to:
- Upgrade the existing school patrolled crossing in front of 69 Roberts Road to a raised zebra crossing that will allow school children to safely cross the road.
- Install tactile pavers at the approach to the crossing. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance paving markers that help visually impaired people find their way to crossings, and safely across the road.
- Upgrade the footpath outside 69 Roberts Road, at the approach to the crossing.
- Install speed humps outside 72 and 42 Roberts Road.
- Install signs and road markings to warn drivers as they approach the raised zebra crossing and speed humps.
As part of our region-wide pedestrian improvements programme, Roberts Road has been highlighted as an area needing safer pedestrian crossing facilities. Our proposal will prioritise the safety of school children who cross the road, given the number of crashes recorded in the area.
This is also in response to Freyberg Community School’s request to provide children a safer location to cross the road. The speed humps will guide drivers to slow down and be more aware of the low-speed environment near the school.
What happens next
- We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and then decide the best way to move forward.
- We’ll post the outcome of this proposal and a summary of community feedback on this webpage.
- We can email you the proposal outcome as soon as it’s ready – just select that option when you fill in the survey.
This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
Te Atatu South: Safe with us
Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around Roberts Road are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).