Bairds Road safety work unveiled

A busy area in the heart of Ōtara is now safer for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.

Auckland Transport (AT) has unveiled the completed $800,000 pedestrian safety improvement works on Bairds Road, between East Tamaki Road and Alexander Crescent.

The project included a new roundabout at the entrance to Hayman Street on Bairds Road, new speed tables that will slow traffic and new pedestrian islands that shorten pedestrian crossing distances at intersections.

Group photo of AT and Local Board members at Bairds Road, Otara
Image: From left to right, AT's Elected Member Relationship Manager Kenneth Tuai, Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board's Dawn Trenberth, Lotu Fuli and Apulu Reece Autagavaia.

Lotu Fuli, Chair of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board, says the works are really vital and it's great to see them finished on schedule.

"It's really important, as research tells us there has been quite a few accidents along this stretch of road. It's really busy with traffic and people crossing. This roundabout will help cars to slow down and also gives people clear lines in terms of where they should cross safely as well."

Auckland Transport's Portfolio Delivery Director (Projects), David Nelson, says the decision for the improvements was based on crash data, the proximity to schools and the Ōtara Town Centre; as well as local traffic volumes and requests from the community.

"The work also sees improved signage with road markings and lighting to create a safe environment for all road users. AT is committed to improving the safety of all Auckland roads for all users."

The programme of works was consulted on in mid-2018, along with a range of other improvement works to Ōtara Town Centre – which have also been completed.

Read more about the Bairds Road project.