Proposal status: Closed 19 May 2020, last updated 31 May 2022.
Reference number: RSU1920-114
In May 2020, we invited community feedback on our proposal to improve safety at the high-risk intersection of Triangle Road and Makora Road, Massey. We want to let you know about minor changes to the design and an update to the construction timeframe of this project.
Changes to the design
In September 2021, during the detailed design phase, we made some further changes, which included lengthening the proposed safety barriers on Makora Road, widening the footpath, and adding cycle ramps where possible.
To make sure we prioritise the most important changes that will improve pedestrian safety in the area and stay within the budget, we will now proceed with installing the raised and signalised crossing at the intersection of Triangle Road and Makora Road, without the additional safety barriers, widened footpath and cycle ramp on Makora Road.
We expect to begin construction of this project within June 2022.
In May 2020 we proposed changes to improve safety for everyone at this high risk intersection at the corner of Triangle Road and Makora Road, Massey. After reviewing all the feedback, we are proceeding with the following minor changes.
- Install a raised speed table over the whole intersection to encourage all traffic to slow down. White triangular “dragons teeth” markings on each edge will help make the raised table easy to see.
- Install skid resistant surfacing on both approaches to the intersection on Triangle Road, instead of only the downhill approach.
- Install advance warning “Traffic Signals” signs on Triangle Road.
- Provide “Keep Clear” road markings at the Makora Road and Marbella Road intersection.
Further measures to better meet the needs of cyclists in the area, are subject to investigation at the detailed design phase of the project. Options include:
- Painted buffer strips with audio tactile markings that make a sound when they are crossed on Triangle Road, to visually narrow the traffic lane width and discourage drivers from cutting the corner.
- Wider pedestrian crossings to make them easier to also use as cycle crossings.
- Bike ramps on Triangle and Makora Roads to allow riders to safely get off the road onto the footpath.
- A lead-in cycle lane and advanced stop box on Makora Road approaching the intersection.
We are also pleased to advise that Triangle Road has been placed on the prioritisation list for the “Innovative Pop-up bike lane programme”.
The community response generally supported a safety upgrade at this intersection. Many respondents were concerned about pedestrian and cyclist safety, the speed of vehicles coming down the Triangle Road hill and the difficulty of turning in and out of Makora Road, especially at the busiest times of day. We received many requests for a roundabout and better cycling facilities to be installed. However, the streams and culverts under both roads restrict the space available, and the safety upgrade options, without major investment to upgrade the underground infrastructure.
We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to respond to our proposal for traffic lights and a safety barrier upgrade at the intersection of Triangle Road and Makora Road. The key objectives of this project are to reduce the risk of accidents between cyclists and turning vehicles, loss of control accidents and to improve safety for everyone using these roads. We believe that installing traffic lights is the best option to improve safety for the budget available.
A summary of your feedback and our responses to community questions is below.
- Multiple requests for improved cycling infrastructure on both Triangle Road and Makora Road, including requests for raised physical protection of the cycle lanes, better facilities for cycle riders turning right into Makora Road, upgrading the narrow cycle lanes and connecting the Triangle Road and Makora Road cycle lanes as these roads are busy access ways to the North Western pathway. We have investigated these options however the streams and culverts under both roads restrict the changes we can make without culvert extensions and road widening. Our preferred safety option is to widen the roads; however, it would be a major investment and the funding required to do this is not available. The proposed traffic lights will control all movements at the intersection, including cyclists, and is expected to improve safety for everyone. As part of the detailed design phase we will also investigate raising the whole intersection onto a speed table to help reduce speed on all approaches.
Physical separators to protect cyclists are not feasible as the road is not wide enough. Triangle Road is an over-dimension route for trucks and other large vehicles and the existing traffic lane width is already narrow and cannot be reduced further. If physical separators were installed, the cycle lane would be reduced to less than one meter wide, which is not safe.
Better right turn facilities into Makora Road for cyclists and/or upgrading, widening or extending the Makora Road cycle lane would also require culvert extension and road widening.
- Request for better “Cyclist” signs on Makora Road as there are not enough and they are hard for drivers to see, which makes it dangerous for cyclists. The “Cyclist” signs on Makora Road will be upgraded to the current standard as part of the proposal. They will help drivers to be more aware of cyclists.
- Request that the bus stop on Triangle Road is moved into the vehicle lane and separated from the cycle lane. The bus stop cannot be moved into the vehicle lane to keep a separated cycle lane. People getting on and off the bus would need to cross the cycle lane where cyclists may be present. This is not considered safe.
- Concern that traffic lights are not ideal for cyclists to be safe travelling south down Triangle Road hill, or for people walking. Our investigations identified a crash trend where turning vehicles on Makora or Triangle Road failed to give way and collided with cyclists travelling downhill on Triangle Road. The proposed traffic lights are expected to address this issue and improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection, including cyclists and people walking. We will continue to monitor the operation and safety performance of this intersection once the proposal is implemented.
- Suggestion that the bottom of Makora Road is wide enough to have one lane for cars and another for a left-turning, protected cycle lane that connects with the cycle lane further up Makora Road. There is not enough space for a cycle lane on this part of Makora Road. We cannot reduce the traffic lane widths any further as both Triangle Road and Makora Road are bus routes and the lanes need to be wide enough for turning buses. During the detailed design process, we will investigate installing a green lead-in cycle lane and advanced stop box on Makora Road near the intersection. This would help improve visibility of cyclists and give them priority when making the left turn.
- Suggestion for a raised speed bump before the lights on the Triangle Road south-bound lane to help slow traffic and make it safer for cyclists. This part of Triangle Road is on a slope and is also a heavy traffic route making it unsuitable for an isolated speed bump. Instead, we are installing a skid-resistant surface on this approach to the intersection to help raise driver awareness and slow down their speed. During the detailed design process, we will investigate raising the whole intersection onto a platform to encourage safer speeds through the intersection.
- Question about the actual number of cyclists on the Makora/Triangle cycle ways now the cycle way on the North-Western motorway is open. We surveyed cyclist numbers on Triangle Road during the morning and afternoon peak times of 7am to 9am and 2pm to 6pm. In the eastbound lane there were 31 cyclists in the morning and 3 cyclists in the afternoon. In the westbound lane there were 5 cyclists in the morning and 25 cyclists in the afternoon.
- Multiple requests to install the third “missing” pedestrian crossing leg on Triangle Road. Suggestion to locate the crossing on the south side of the Triangle Road intersection so it connects with the bigger footpath on the east side of Makora Road. This location would be safer for children as the footpath on the west side of Makora Road is very narrow. We have not been able to include a pedestrian crossing leg on the south side of Triangle Road. There are several driveways here that are very close to the intersection and the barrier over the culvert means the footpath is narrow. These restrictions limit where it is suitable to locate a crossing and have safe space for people to wait to cross. The footpath on the west corner of Makora Road will be widened as part of the proposal.
- Request for raised pedestrian crossings and more signs to highlight pedestrians. Both Triangle Road and Makora Road are on a slope and Triangle Road is also a heavy traffic route. This means they are not suitable for raised pedestrian crossings. We aim to improve safety by highlighting the intersection and using the traffic lights to control all movements, including cyclists and people walking. During the detailed design process, we will investigate raising the whole intersection, including the pedestrian crossings, onto a platform to encourage safer speeds through the intersection.
- Request to upgrade the safety barriers above the streams to make this route safer for pedestrians. All barriers over the culverts on both Triangle Road and Makora Road will be upgraded to safety barriers. They will be designed to meet the safety standards required for the type of road.
- Suggestion that a light phase for pedestrians is not necessary as it is not a busy crossing and the pedestrian crossing could be activated by pushing a button. We can confirm that the pedestrian crossing phase of the traffic lights will only be activated by someone pressing the call button.
Makora Road traffic
- Multiple concerns about the single traffic lane on Makora Road for turning both right and left into Triangle Road. Cars form two lanes anyway and often mount the footpath to do so. We completed a traffic modelling assessment to understand how the intersection would perform if traffic lights were installed. The results showed traffic would flow similar to or slightly better than it does now, even with only one approach lane on Makora Road.
A vehicle tracking assessment, including for large vehicles, confirms we are unable to reduce the traffic lane widths any further. Makora Road is a bus route and is not wide enough to fit two approach lanes that are suitable for turning buses.
- Multiple concerns about the long queues of traffic that back up along Makora Road in peak times as cars wait to turn. This makes it very hard to turn from Marbella Drive into Makora Road. Backed up traffic can be all the way from Royal Road to the Triangle Road intersection. To address the problem of backed-up traffic blocking the intersection, we will add ‘keep clear’ road markings at the Marbella Drive and Makora Road intersection. This will encourage drivers to keep the space clear and help traffic to enter and exit Marbella Drive safely. Traffic modelling showed that any queue on Makora Road is unlikely to reach as far as the motorway off-ramp.
- Multiple suggestions for two lanes and Give Way sign, Stop sign, free turn or other prioritisation of left turning traffic from Makora Road into Triangle Road so only right turns are controlled by lights. Traffic can back up along Makora Road at peak times from Triangle Road all the way to the motorway offramp or Royal Road. A lane for free left turns is not a feasible option as the lane widths on Makora Road must be wide enough for buses. The culvert and stream under the road mean there is not enough space to widen the road. Also, slip lanes are not controlled by traffic lights which makes it less safe for pedestrians crossing the road.
We completed a traffic modelling assessment to understand how the intersection would perform if traffic lights were installed. The results showed traffic on Makora Road would flow similar to or slightly better than it does now, even with only one approach lane on Makora Road. Any queue on Makora Road is unlikely to reach the motorway off-ramp.
- Concern that it is already difficult to travel along Makora Road as there are many traffic islands, lane merges and traffic lights. By installing traffic lights, we aim to improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection. This will also help create a regular flow of traffic. Makora Road and Triangle Road is a high-risk intersection with 13 crashes reported from 2014 to 2018, 2 of which resulted in serious injury. There is a clear crash trend that vehicles on these roads fail to give way when turning and collide with cyclists on Triangle Road. The proposed traffic lights aim to address this issue and improve safety for everyone.
- Concern that the bus stop at 143/145 Triangle Road is being moved and the new location will obstruct access and is too close to the entrance to the community centre. The proposed minor bus stop move is to allow for a wide enough lane for vehicles to pass the bus stop without entering into the new, longer right turn lane. Any future driveway at 145 Triangle Road is expected to operate the same way one would now. It is also unlikely that the relocated bus stop will affect the driveway at the community centre as the lane width at the driveway location will stay the same as it is now.
- Suggestion to extend the footpath to in front of 149/151 Triangle and the bus stop could be moved there. Relocating the bus stop to this location would require building a new footpath, possibly installing a new retaining wall and the removal of trees. The extent of this work is considered outside the scope of the project.
- Suggestion to move bus stop to 111 Triangle Road where there is a parking bay that could be converted to a bus stop. We no longer build indented bus stops. Also, the suggested location is quite far away from the current location and may not provide the same level of accessibility for people who use the current stop.
- Concern that work on the new driveways is a high standard as they are busy and used to access several properties. Existing driveways will be reconstructed to the current standards as we will be making changes to the kerb.
- Concern that utilities are shallow under the kerb and have been mistakenly dug up on previous occasions. This information will be given to the appropriate teams during the construction phase.
- Concern that the driveway for 137-141 is close to the intersection and new traffic lights. It is very difficult to turn in and out safely as it is a blind turn. Suggestion that light phasing could help make the turn easier. The driveway for 135 - 141 will not be controlled by the proposed intersection lights as it does not enter directly into the intersection. We expect using the driveway will operate much the same as it does now. The traffic lights will have phases when cars on Triangle Road are not moving, and this may help make it easier to enter and leave.
- Concern that traffic lights stop all traffic when there is nothing coming from the opposite direction. We acknowledge that traffic on Makora Road may have to wait for the lights to change in off-peak hours, for example late at night. Time is needed for the traffic signal system to detect a vehicle and then switch to the ‘Makora Road’ phase. This is unlikely to happen in peak hours due to the amount of traffic using the intersection.
- Multiple concerns that traffic lights will slow, or stop, the flow of traffic and make congestion worse. By installing traffic lights, we aim to improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection. This will also help create a regular flow of traffic. Makora Road and Triangle Road is a high-risk intersection with 13 crashes reported from 2014 to 2018, 2 of which resulted in serious injury. There is a clear crash trend that vehicles on these roads fail to give way when turning and collide with cyclists on Triangle Road. The proposed traffic lights aim to address this issue and improve safety for everyone.
- Multiple suggestions from respondents to install a roundabout with zebra crossings instead of traffic lights to slow vehicle speeds, keep traffic moving and prevent congestion. This would be more in keeping with other intersections in the area. We have investigated installing a roundabout, however the streams and culverts under both roads restrict the changes we can make. A roundabout would require significant road widening, including upgrades to the underground infrastructure. Our preferred safety option is to widen the roads; however, it would be a major investment and the funding required to do this is not available. The proposed traffic lights will control all movements at the intersection, including cyclists, and is expected to improve safety for everyone.
- Multiple concerns that driver speeds down the Triangle Road hill make it difficult to slow down for traffic lights and that red light running will be a problem. We will install advance warning “Traffic Lights” signs ahead of the intersection to highlight to drivers they are approaching traffic lights. As a result of feedback, we will now install skid resistant surfacing on all lanes on Triangle Road approaching the intersection which aims to remind drivers to slow down.
- Concern there are multiple sets of traffic lights in this area and another set will slow down traffic and cause driver frustration. This will be three sets of traffic lights in 500 metres on Makora Road and this is not desirable. We completed a traffic modelling assessment to understand how the intersection would perform if traffic lights were installed. The results showed traffic on Makora Road would flow similar to or slightly better than it does now, even with only one approach lane on Makora Road. By installing traffic lights, we aim to improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection. This will also help create a regular flow of traffic.
- Concern that traffic lights will cause traffic to back up in rush hour along Makora Road which is a residential street. Motorway traffic exits on to Makora Road and heads towards Triangle Road where most turn left. Traffic modelling confirmed that stopped traffic on Makora Road is likely to extend beyond Marbella Drive. We will add ‘keep clear’ road markings at the Marbella Drive and Makora Road intersection to encourage drivers to keep the space clear and help traffic to enter and exit Marbella Drive safely. By installing traffic lights, we aim to improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection. This will also help create a regular flow of traffic.
- Concern about engine noise from trucks braking and stopping and starting at the traffic lights, disturbing residents, especially at night time. The intersection is currently ‘Give Way’ controlled which requires vehicles to slow down and stop if necessary. We consider that any noise is likely to be similar to the existing levels.
- Multiple suggestions to install a red-light camera or speed camera if this is a high crash zone. We will continue to monitor the safety performance of this intersection once the traffic lights have been installed. If necessary, we will investigate if additional safety measures, such as red light cameras or speed cameras, are needed in this location.
- Suggestion that changes are not needed as the intersection is safe as it is. Makora Road and Triangle Road is a high-risk intersection with 13 crashes reported from 2014 to 2018, 2 of which resulted in serious injury. There is a clear crash trend that vehicles on these roads fail to give way when turning and collide with cyclists on Triangle Road. Our investigation showed this is a higher crash rate than 90% of similar intersections and warranted safety improvements. By installing traffic lights, we aim to improve safety by controlling all movements at the intersection. This will also help create a regular flow of traffic.
Culverts and bridge
- Concerns raised about the culvert and bridge design as the north side of the road is below the level of the rest of the road. This can cause drivers turning into Makora Road to slip into the edge of the drain as they try to avoid the traffic island. Investigations showed that the surface on this part of the road is not correct and could be contributing to crashes. As part of this proposal, we will fix the angle of the road to make the surface levels safer for turning into and out of Makora Road and help prevent loss of control accidents on this corner.
- Question about the type of crash barriers to be installed over the culvert bridge as a car has gone into the stream in the past. All barriers over the culverts on both Triangle Road and Makora Road will be upgraded to safety barriers. They will be designed to meet safety standards for the type of road.
- Concern about flooding in heavy rain opposite the community centre on Triangle Road and at the bottom of Makora Road. Please use the “Report a Problem” page on the AT website to register concerns and details of any flooding issues and request an investigation.
Other issues and questions
- Concern that the upgrade works will cause disruption on the road for two years. We expect the construction timeframe to be approximately 3 months.
- Concern that the proposal will affect property values for houses near the intersection because of the additional noise of engine braking. We are not aware of any evidence indicating that the installation of traffic lights at an intersection has led to a reduction in property values.
- Concern about safety at the Triangle Road and Lincoln Road extension. Unfortunately, there is not enough information about your concerns to forward to an appropriate team to investigate. We suggest you use the Report a Problem page on the AT website to register any concerns you may have about safety at this intersection. Alternatively, for general roading enquiries, you can call our contact centre on 09 355 3553
- Request that the traffic flow from Makora Road turning left into Royal Road be improved, as traffic has increased and there are new developments in the area. There is often a back-up of traffic turning left because of the design. Royal Road Bridge, including the Makora Road intersection, was recently upgraded by NZTA. Please contact NZTA for any comments in relation to the operation of the Royal Road / Makora Road intersection.
- What are the actual crash statistics at this intersection, why is the change proposed and what are the expected benefits? Makora Road and Triangle Road is a high-risk intersection with 13 crashes reported from 2014 to 2018, 2 of which resulted in serious injury. This crash rate is worse than 90% of other similar intersections. There is a clear crash trend that vehicles on these roads fail to give way when turning and collide with cyclists on Triangle Road. The proposed traffic lights aim to address this issue and improve safety for everyone.
We proposed improvements in your area
We are proposing to install traffic lights and 2 new crossings at the intersection of Makora Road and Triangle Road, Massey.
Our studies show that the intersection of Makora and Triangle Roads is high risk for crashes and accidents. Traffic signals aim to help slow vehicles down as they approach, making it safer for road users turning into Makora Road and for people crossing.
The local community has been concerned about how dangerous the intersection is and we are pleased that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax makes it possible to make safety improvements in this location.
Changes proposed on Triangle Road
We are proposing to:
- install a crossing with traffic lights and new road markings and signs that will make it easier to see the intersection and people on bikes.
- install a skid resistant road surface on the eastbound, downhill lane and new curve warning signs to better highlight the presence of the intersection and help slow vehicle speeds.
- upgrade the kerb ramp and footpath on the western leg of Triangle Road on both sides so there is safe space for people to wait to cross the road.
- install a new footpath and repaint the bus stop on the westbound lane to make space for a new right turn lane into Makora Road. This will include 3 new driveways at 135-141, 143 and 147-149 Triangle Road.
- paint the cycle lane green through the intersection on both sides of the road and install advance stop boxes, which are green boxes painted with a bicycle symbol where people on bikes can wait before the lights at the front of the turning lanes, to make it safer for cyclists using the road and waiting to turn.
Changes proposed on Makora Road
We are proposing to:
- install a crossing with traffic lights and new road markings and signs that will make it easier to see the intersection and people on bikes.
- upgrade the kerb ramp and footpath on both sides so there is safe space for people to wait to cross the road.
- adjust the angle of the road and install new safety barriers on the left turn from Triangle Road into Makora Road to make this turn safer.
- install a new advance stop box at the front of the turning lanes to make it safer for cyclists waiting to turn.
Massey: 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 Triangle Road & Makora 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).