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Auckland Transport (AT) is working alongside communities in Mt Roskill to make changes to Carr Road and Frost Road in order to improve accessibility and safety for pedestrians.

Project status: Construction
Project zone: Central

Our construction on Mount Roskill’s Safer Communities programme began in early March 2020. We consulted publicly several times on our proposal to ensure improvements were designed in partnership with the community. The total cost of this project is $3.1 million.

Artists impressions of Frost Road and Carr Road roundabout outside Mt Roskill Grammer school.
Artists impressions of Frost Road and Carr Road roundabout outside Mt Roskill Grammar School.

Project overview

The aim of the project is to improve safety for people walking and encourage more people to get out and about on foot.

Pedestrian surveys have backed the need for improvements to be made given the high numbers of people including school children walking on these roads.

80% of all road deaths and serious injuries occur on 50km/h local urban roads. Nearly half of those deaths and injuries involve vulnerable road users – children, the elderly, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles.

We are committed to making the roads safer for vulnerable users and these changes will help improve safety for the many pedestrians including school children walking these routes.

Mt Roskill artwork.

Planned improvements

  • Widened footpaths on both sides of Carr Road
  • New grass berms or low level planting to improve the delineation between property boundaries and footpaths on Carr Road
  • New raised zebra crossings on multiple legs of Carr Road and Frost Road (see plans for more information on the exact locations)
  • New shared path on Frost Road which will connect with a new Local Board greenway cycling project being investigated on Britton Avenue
  • Trial the removal of existing pick up/drop off area outside Mount Roskill schools and work with the schools on an alternative pick up/drop off location on Bremner Avenue
  • Reallocate one of the pick-up/drop off areas outside Mount Roskill schools to a school bus stop.
  • Add new pedestrian islands on Carr Road and Frost Road
  • Remove the left turn lane on Carr Road at the Carr Road/Frost Road roundabout
  • Remove 56 public carparks to enable the pedestrian improvements and improve visibility. Proposed carpark removal locations are:
    • 2 on Dornwell Road
    • 2 on Clinker Street
    • 5 on Britton Road
    • 9 off-street spaces on Carr Road
    • 38 on Frost Road.
  • Amend two P60 angled carparks on Frost Road (near the Carr Road roundabout) to mobility parking and the rest of the parks become parking 30 minutes (P30) to encourage parking turnover.

View artists impressions of the Carr Road and Frost Road improvements

Revised design plans

Public engagement

From 14 November to the 14 December 2018 we asked for feedback on the proposal and received 110 submissions.

This was the third consultation phase with the Mount Roskill community on this proposal to ensure pedestrian improvements are designed in partnership with the community.

Feedback report

We have created a public feedback report which summarises the feedback received, details Auckland Transport’s response to the feedback and explains the outcome of consultation.

Download the Mt Roskill public feedback report 2019 (PDF 979KB, 41 pages).

Next steps

Auckland Transport will do its best to keep in touch with schools, residents and local businesses about the construction that is being done in different phases. We will work with the community to mitigate disruption as much as possible, weather permitting.

Consultation outcomes

Phase 3 - November to December 2018

AT has read and reviewed all feedback received during the consultation. We will proceed with the improvements however as a direct result of feedback we have made the following changes:

Carr Road
  • Widening the footpath on the southern side (even property numbers) to 1.8 metres which is less than originally proposed to enable more off-street parking to be retained for businesses. The footpath on the northern side will be widened to the property boundaries.
  • Instead of installing a grass berm we will install wheel stoppers and judder bars between the off-street car parking and the footpath to show clearer delineation for those walking on both sides of Carr Road.
  • To enable more on-street car parks to be retained, we will no longer install traffic islands and instead introduce new parking spaces outside 30 Carr Road and 18 to 28 Carr Road. This will enable four car parks to be added.
  • We are no longer proposing raised pedestrian crossings at the Carr/Hayr roundabout. Instead there will be a mix of speed calming devices used at each approach such as raised tables and speed cushions to encourage safe vehicle speeds.
Frost Road
  • We will amend the all-day angled parking outside 34 Frost Road to P30 (30 minute parking zone) and convert 2 of the parking spaces to disabled parking. This encourages improved parking turnover for local businesses.
  • The school bus stops will be reallocated for use as a loading zone and a bus stop so service vehicles can also use this space.
  • We will remove the side islands near the Frost/Mount Albert intersection given the concern that this would create a pinch point for cyclists.
  • We will no longer add a centre traffic island on Frost Road outside the school but will trial the idea using temporary traffic management and assess how it is working.
  • We will extend and widen the proposed shared path on Frost Road from Britton Avenue to the over-bridge on Somerset Road. This will connect with future plans for a shared path at Britton Avenue that Puketapapa Local Board are investigating and have recently consulted on.

Phase 2 - June to July 2018

This phase of public consultation for the Mt Roskill Safer Communities proposal took place from 18 June to 8 July 2018, and we received feedback from 213 submitters.

The major theme in the feedback for both proposal areas is one of general support for the proposed improvements to make walking safer and easier around Frost and Carr Road and the complex Mount Albert Road/Three Kings intersection.

Submitters were supportive of upgrading pedestrian facilities along Carr and Frost Roads to improve safety for people including school children passing through this semi-industrial area. Submitters were also supportive of changes to manage vehicular entry and exit from the Plaza carpark and Hayr and Dornwell Roads to/from Mount Albert Road, improving clarity of their movements for pedestrians and other motorists alike.

Key concerns for the Carr and Frost Roads area centred around car parking availability, the introduction of planted berms, and the movement of vehicles to balance commercial activities with pedestrian and cyclist safety. For the Mount Albert Road/Three Kings intersection, a large proportion of submitters were concerned about cycling amenity, and whether nearby housing and public transport developments would be factored into the proposed improvements.

Your suggestions have been summarised and tabled for consideration as AT investigates more detailed designs. We also responded to your questions and issues raised in this phase of feedback in the final section of this report.

A third phase of consultation will commence from November 2018, seeking your feedback on formal improvement designs based on the ideas and suggestions from your feedback on this proposal and the consultation prior.

Download the Mt Roskill public feedback report - Phase 2 (PDF 1.1MB, 37 pages)

Phase 1 - October to December 2017

We consulted on the Safer Communities programme from October to December 2017, and received 56 public submissions.

Your feedback provided us with some strong areas of focus to help make Mount Roskill safer for walking. We have taken your feedback on board and we are now proposing to focus our work in two areas:

Frost Road and Carr Road

We want to improve conditions for school children and parents walking to and from the Mount Roskill schools along Frost Road and Carr Road. Traffic is heavy and the footpath is of poor quality. Design ideas include:

  • widening the footpaths.
  • new shared (cycle and pedestrian) paths.
  • raised table zebra crossings.
  • new trees and plantings.

We are looking at removing some on-street parking near the school gate and along Carr Road.

Mount Albert Road and Three Kings Intersection

We want to make Mt Albert Road safer for people walking around the area. We will have special emphasis on the complex intersection of Mount Albert Road with Hayr Road and Dornwell Road opposite the Three Kings Plaza Shopping Centre. Design ideas include:

  • new pedestrian crossings.
  • changes to road layouts and carpark entrances
  • new trees and plantings within the existing grass berm.

Our proposals would not change the existing on-street parking outside the shops.

From your feedback, we identified the following key themes:

  • No safe place to cross/crossing needed (17 responses) in a number of key locations to assist pedestrians and school children to cross busy roads and to calm traffic.
  • Concerns about traffic speeds (16 responses) posing a safety hazard to people walking in a number of locations across Mount Roskill.
  • Footpaths in need of repairs, maintenance or uneven surface (12 responses) making walking difficult and putting walkers at risk of injury.
  • Traffic volume and busy roads (10 responses), and illegal driving or parking behaviour (9 responses) inhibiting walking or making walking unsafe in a range of locations within this community.
  • Footpaths overgrown by trees and bushes (8 responses) preventing pedestrians from walking freely or safely were also identified.
  • Footpaths that are too narrow and need widening (7 responses) for safer pedestrian passage, near busy roads and along local school routes identified in various locations.

Download the Mt Roskill public feedback report - Phase 1 (PDF 636KB, 38 pages)