Proposal status: Feedback closed 16 December 2022
Reference number: 20100547
In December 2022, The Whau Local Board proposed to install a raised pedestrian crossing on South Lynn Road near The Grove in Titirangi. These changes aim to address the lack of proper crossing facilities for pedestrians in the area. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the work as proposed.
These works will help support our Vision Zero goal.
This proposal is funded and supported by the Local Board Transport Capital Fund.
What happens next
We anticipate the changes will be constructed from April 2023. However, if there is any change to the programme, the webpage will be updated accordingly.
Thank you for helping us make better decisions for your neighbourhood, informed by your local knowledge. The consultation received a significant amount of feedback where the majority supported the proposal.
In the feedback, people said that it would benefit their community as the proposal will help slow down speeding vehicles and allow pedestrians to safely cross the road.
Our response to suggestions received:
- Request to make sure the crossing ramps will not be steep and sharp for motorists.
We are aware of the feedback about the steepness of ramps, so we’ve made some changes to make sure the approach ramps at all our crossings are gentle. The proposed crossing is designed according to NZ road safety standards and is expected to provide minimum discomfort to motorists while providing adequate speed reduction and safety benefits.
- Suggestion to install a planted chicane to lower traffic speeds instead of a raised ramp.
The narrow width of South Lynn Road, along with its high percentage of truck and bus usage, makes it unsuitable for a chicane treatment.
- Concern about the parking loss along South Lynn Road.
We understand that the removal of parking is inconvenient, and we have minimised it as much as possible while still ensuring safety. Preventing parking is necessary near the raised crossing to ensure that pedestrians and drivers can easily see each other.
- Suggestion to connect the footpath from The Grove to Parker Avenue and from The Grove and South Lynn Road to Golf Road.
Pedestrian access to Parker Avenue and Golf Road from The Grove via the existing footpath on the other side of the road will be improved, with the addition of the proposed crossing. Installing a footpath is not within the scope of this project, however, this area has been added to AT’s Footpath Programme and will be subject to investigation.
- Concern about what will go above the proposed 500mm retaining wall on the footpath once the current vegetation is removed.
The existing vegetation will be retained where possible and only removed where necessary. Low height plants or grass will be investigated.
- Request to install speed bumps to address speed as it endangers school kids.
The crossing will be raised. This both increases driver awareness of the crossing, while also helping to manage speeds along South Lynn Road.
- Request to show traffic safety or design report showing the number of pedestrians and vehicles that would warrant the relocation of bus stop.
The reason we are relocating the bus stop is to improve visibility, we have to make sure that pedestrians and drivers can easily each other on the road.
We’re proposing improvements in your area
The Whau Local Board is proposing to install a raised pedestrian crossing on South Lynn Road near The Grove in Titirangi. This proposal aims to address the lack of proper crossing facilities for pedestrians in the area.
The project is funded by the Whau Local Board Transport Capital Fund. We will deliver these improvements on behalf of your local board.
We are proposing to
- Install a new raised zebra crossing outside 17 South Lynn Road. This crossing will be raised to the level of the footpath. We had a lot of feedback about the steepness of ramps, for that reason, we’ve made some changes to make sure the approach ramps at all our crossings are gentle.
- Reconstruct a short section of footpath connecting to the proposed crossing. This will require the removal of vegetation and the installation of a short retaining wall to provide suitable pedestrian access to the crossing.
- Install tactile pavers which are yellow guidance paving markers to help visually impaired people find their way to the crossing and safely across the road.
- Relocate the bus stop outside 16 South Lynn Road to 18 South Lynn Road so it is slightly further away from the crossing to make it easier and safer for bus drivers to pull into the stop.
- Widen the footpath at the relocated bus stop to provide adequate space for commuters.
- Paint 150 metres of broken yellow lines on the approaches to the crossing. This will remove 15 to 20 on-street parking spaces to ensure clear pedestrian visibility in the area. We understand that removing parking can be inconvenient, so we have minimised the removal as much as possible while prioritising the safety of all road users.
- Install all necessary signage and road markings to alert approaching motorists of the raised crossing.
These changes are being proposed in response to community concerns about pedestrian safety along South Lynn Road, particularly near the intersection with The Grove where there is no formal crossing.
This raised crossing would provide a safer place for people to cross the road as it would:
- Encourage drivers to slow down and give way to crossing pedestrians.
- Raise pedestrians, especially children, crossing the road to be at eye-level of approaching motorists, making them easy to see from a distance.
- Improve visibility between motorists and people waiting to cross the road.
- Make it more comfortable for everyone, including people with prams and wheelchairs, to cross the road as the crossing is level with the footpath.
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 consider 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.
We are working together with local boards and ward councillors to tackle local road safety concerns.
This project is supported by the Local Board Transport Capital Fund Programme. The programme uses funding within our annual budget to deliver on Local Board initiatives for local areas and communities.
Titirangi: Safe with us
This proposal supports Tamaki Makaurau’s commitment to Vision Zero, an ambitious transport safety vision, with the goal of no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050.
This approach acknowledges that as people we all make mistakes, however, a mistake should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. It’s also an approach that values everyone using the road, not just those in vehicles. It is about caring for more vulnerable road users like people walking or cycling, children and the elderly. Vision Zero is the international benchmark for transport safety.