It’s going to be safer to walk, bike, scoot and get around the Māngere Bridge area thanks to the safer communities programme.
The improvements will be delivered by Auckland Transport and are the result of consultation with the community.
There will be 20 new raised pedestrian crossings, 3 new pedestrian refuge islands and 9 existing crossings will be upgraded. A roundabout will also be built at the Miller/Mountain intersection.
Randhir Karma, Group Manager of Network Management says that AT consulted three times with the Māngere Bridge community to ensure pedestrian improvements were designed in partnership.
“This helped us come up with detailed designs incorporating the community feedback. We were able to understand from people, where and how they moved about their neighbourhood, and we’ve made sure the changes reflect that.”
Focus areas included the five schools in the area and the Māngere Bridge Village shops.
David Aldiss from the Mangere Bridge Residents Association says the community is keenly anticipating the improvements. “AT has given clear plans to the community on improving the safety of pedestrians, mobility scooters, and cyclists and to reduce traffic speed in the suburb.
“Many suggestions from residents and local organisations have been taken onboard by AT. We’re particularly pleased the convenient parking in the commercial area has been retained to keep the village atmosphere.”
Nearly half of the feedback (43%) was in support of the proposal and those people feel the changes will make Māngere Bridge safer for everyone to get around. Only 12% did not support the changes.
Work is expected to start in early 2020.