Rua Road, Glen Eden – Pedestrian crossing improvements Rua Road, Glen Eden – Pedestrian crossing improvements
Proposal status: Feedback closed 10 June 2021
Reference number: MIP2122-007
In May 2021, we advised you that these works were scheduled to be constructed in the second half of 2022. This project now has a construction timeframe to be built before the end of the new financial year in June 2023.
Contractors will issue 48-hour notices to all affected residents prior to construction work.
In May 2021, we proposed changes to improve pedestrian safety on Rua Road, Glen Eden. The changes were in response to a number of requests from the community, asking for safer crossings. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed. These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed in the second half of 2022. We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. We received a majority of support for this project. A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Query regarding project construction date and when construction will take place?
The proposal is expected to be installed in the second half of 2022.
- Concern that the raised pedestrian crossing can cause damage to vehicles.
While we appreciate concerns regarding the crossing design and the raised element of the new crossing, it will be built to a standard design and is not expected to cause damage to vehicles. Drivers are expected to travel over the raised crossing at an appropriate speed.
- Concern that drivers travelling Croydon Road/Rua Road approaching the pedestrian crossing will not have enough time to slow down, risking pedestrian safety.
The raised crossing will be easily visible to drivers and will be supported by appropriate signage to warn drivers to slow down when approaching the new, raised pedestrian crossing. Further, this signage will be placed strategically to warn drivers well in advance of the crossing especially when travelling down-hill.
- Concern that proposal will prevent delivery trucks and larger vehicles from accessing Tomo street.
Raised pedestrian crossings do not cause access issues for heavy vehicles, and even with the proposed extension of the existing kerb large vehicles will still be able to access Tomo Street with ease.
- Concern over community access to businesses on Rua Road during project construction.
During the construction of the project there will be no conflict with businesses so that the community can still access the facilities on the corner of Rua Road and Tomo Street.
- Concern that the raised pedestrian crossing will increase traffic congestion during peak hours.
The raised pedestrian crossing is not expected to increase congestion on Rua Road. The aim of the proposal is to improve pedestrian safety on Rua Road and the raised crossing will reduce driver speeds, encourage people to cross at this location and will reduce the severity of injury should a pedestrian be involved in a collision.
- Query regarding the absence of cycle lanes in the proposal, as Rua Road is a popular road for cycling.
The raised pedestrian crossing will not cause pinch points for cyclists and is therefore suitable and safe for cyclists to use.
- Request for parking on Tomo Street to be updated to 90min restriction parking, as concerns over misuse of all-day parking outside businesses on Tomo Street.
Timed parking restrictions are currently outside of the scope of this proposal and not a current identified issue on Tomo Street.
- Requests for broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times) to be extended up to property driveways to improve driver visibility when entering and exiting driveways.
Parking restrictions will only be installed within this proposal to ensure that the visibility of pedestrians, when using the raised pedestrian crossing, is clear for road users. Parking restrictions are not generally installed at residential driveways. However, parking within one metre of a driveway is illegal and this is clearly outlined in the NZ Road Code. If a vehicle is parked within one metre of your driveway and blocking your access, please call parking enforcement on 09 355 3553 with vehicle details and enforcement shall be organised.
- Concern that this proposal is a poor choice of budgetary spending.
The proposal will increase pedestrian safety where there is an identified safety issue. In addition, these improvements to pedestrian safety will contribute to Auckland Transport’s Vision Zero goals and benefit all pedestrians.
We're proposing improvements in your area
Aucklanders have told us that moving around our city safely and easily is important to them. We are proposing some improvements to your area.
The community has asked us to improve pedestrian safety in Glen Eden; we are proposing to install new pedestrian facilities on Rua Road and Tomo Street and are asking for your feedback.
The changes we are proposing:
- Install a raised zebra crossing on Rua Road. The new zebra crossing would be raised to be level with the footpath. This will improve road safety by slowing driver speeds near the crossing.
- Install a kerb ramp on Tomo Street. The kerb ramp would allow people to move easily between the footpath and the road.
- Widen the footpath at the corner of Rua Road and Tomo Street to support the new raised zebra crossing and kerb ramp crossing, by increasing pedestrian visibility to approaching drivers. This would result in the loss of 1 parking space.
- Install tactile pavers on either entrance to the raised zebra crossing and kerb ramp. Tactile pavers are yellow guidance markers to help visually impaired people find their way to crossings.
- Remove the current island in the median strip on Rua Road. This island would be replaced by the raised zebra crossing.
- Paint new road markings to define proposed parking spaces outside of businesses at no.38 Rua Road. These parking spaces would be supported by signage that shows that they are time restricted to 5 minutes from 8am – 6pm, Monday to Friday.
- Install new signs to alert drivers to the crossings and Paint Broken Yellow Lines (no stopping at all times) outside the entrance of no.27, no.29 and no.31 Rua Road.
Download the proposal drawing for Rua Road (PDF 2.1KB)
Auckland Transport would like to work with you to deliver safer roads in your neighbourhood. We have received requests from the community asking for improved pedestrian crossing facilities in Glen Eden. Rua Road in particular was highlighted as a location of interest, with requests for a safe place for pedestrians to cross the road to access the shops and café at the corner or Rua Road and Tomo Street. The proposed changes would improve pedestrian safety by providing two safe places to cross the road, aiming to promote active modes of transport in Glen Eden by increasing pedestrian access to community facilities.
If you would like to post in your feedback, download and print our feedback form template, fill in your details and send it freepost using the address details on the form.
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.
Glen Eden: 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 [insert 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).