Papatoetoe West Residential Speed Management Programme Papatoetoe West Residential Speed Management Programme

Auckland Transport (AT) are making safety improvements on residential streets in West Papatoetoe to provide a safer environment for all road users. 

Project status: Consultation closed 13 November 2022
Project zone: South

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Proposal outcome

The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board in collaboration with Auckland Transport have been working with the community to create people friendly spaces and safer ways to travel in West Papatoetoe.

In October 2022, we asked for your views on proposals to install more speed-calming measures like speed humps, speed cushions and raised zebra crossings, on more streets in the area to reduce vehicle speeds and create a slower speed environment which is safer for everyone.

We received feedback from 172 people, including Fire and Emergency New Zealand.

After listening to all the feedback and concerns, particularly the number of speed calming measures, we are proceeding with the following changes:

  1. Reduced the number of speed calming devices from 77 to 54 will now be installed, a reduction of 23.
  2. Replacing speed humps with speed cushions on Park Ave following feedback from Fire and Emergency New Zealand.  Speed cushions are designed with widths that enable fire appliances to straddle them, thereby minimising impact on the speed of fire appliances.

Changes are indicated on the map, and a table listing the changes.

Map of the proposed changes to Papatoetoe West



Design Change



New count as result of feedback

Park Avenue

8 speed humps


4 speed cushions

Lendenfeld Drive

5 speed humps


2 speed humps

Alabaster Drive

6 speed humps


3 speed humps

Hill Road

2 speed humps


1 speed hump

Hillside Road – between Hill Road and Pah Road

7 speed humps


4 speed humps

Hillside Road loop

8 speed humps


1 speed hump

Gifford Road

3 speed humps


2 speed humps

Pah Road – between Ferndown Avenue and Olive Crescent

1 speed hump


0 speed humps

All other roads will have the speed calming measures as proposed in the consultation

Next steps

First, we will replace the following temporary measures from the 2021 Low Traffic Neighbourhood trial permanent:

  • Pedestrian refuge on Claude Avenue at the intersection with Portage Road.
  • Raised table pedestrian crossing on Park Avenue near the intersection with Ferndown Avenue.
  • Raised table pedestrian crossing on Ferndown Avenue near the intersection with Hillcrest Road.
  • Raised table pedestrian crossing on Hillcrest Road outside Papatoetoe West School.
  • Pedestrian refuge and a speed cushion at the Pah Road and Ferndown Avenue intersection.

Construction is expected to start in June 2023. 

We will be in touch with nearby residents prior to any construction taking place.

After the work is completed, we’ll monitor the roads to ensure the changes meet safety goals of reducing speeds, reducing local roads used as shortcuts, and reducing deaths and injuries.

If these safety goals are not being met, we may install additional devices as proposed in the consultation.

The project and construction are funded by Waka Kotahi’s Safety Intervention Pathway fund.

Community feedback

We’d like to thank you for taking the time to respond and for playing an important part in shaping the future of Tāmaki Makaurau. You can read more about the consultation in the public feedback report:

Download the Papatoetoe West Public Feedback Report (PDF 1MB)

Download drawings to view speed calming improvements by location:





Caringbah Drive

(PDF 1.09MB)

(PDF 3.59MB)

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Catkin Crescent, Holborn Place, Sabre Place, Narada Place, Komako Place, Chantelle Place, Misty Place, Heathberry Close, Daphne Road.

Claude Ave

(PDF 1.08MB)

(PDF 3.43MB)

Ferndown Avenue

(PDF 3.09MB)

(PDF 10.2MB)

Selfs Road

(PDF 1.62MB)

(PDF 5.27MB)

Alabaster Drive

(PDF 1.91MB)

(PDF 6.56MB)

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Deering Place, Malaspina Place, Malte Brun Place, Magellan Place, Azara Place, Navigator Place, Vigo Place, Sumner Street, Beaufort Place, Reseda Place, Deering Place, Glenmary Place.

Hillcrest Road

(PDF 3.65MB)

(PDF 12.1MB)

Lendenfeld Drive

(PDF 0.97MB)

(PDF 3.38MB)

Park Avenue & Phoenix Place

(PDF 1.98MB)

(PDF 8.54MB)

Peverill Crescent

(PDF 1.03MB)

(PDF 3.37MB)

Treagon Place and McDonald Road

 (PDF 602MB)

(PDF 1.85MB)

Hill Road

 (PDF 1.07MB)

(PDF 3.36MB)

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Margaret Road, Quintal Place, Lismore Place, Bendale Place, Sabi Place, Abelia Place, Rapley Place, Capital Place, Olive Crescent.

Hillside Road

 (PDF 5.61MB)

(PDF 17.7MB)

Fenton Street and Romford Road

 (PDF 1.74MB)

(PDF 1.73MB)

Gifford Road

 (PDF 4.63MB)

(PDF 4.66MB)

Pah Road

(PDF 2.42MB)

(PDF 8.12MB)

Vision Place

(PDF 527KB) 

(PDF 1.64MB)


AT are committed to improving safety for all road users in Auckland. Our main focus is to protect people from dying or being seriously injured on our roads. One of the fastest ways of minimising road trauma involves reducing vehicle speeds in residential areas.

Papatoetoe West has been identified as an area where speeds need to be reduced as part of our Residential Speed Management programme. The improvements are proposed for the area contained by Portage, Station, Wylie, and Puhinui Road and State Highway 20. 

We aim to reduce vehicle speeds by installing a combination of speed calming measures. These will help to create a slower speed environment, which is safer for everyone. This will help to reduce the risks of accidents, serious injuries and death as well as make the streets safer for pedestrians, encouraging people to walk and cycle more.

What to expect with the changes

The improvements will require the removal of eight to ten car parks. This is where raised zebra crossings are proposed, where bus stops are being upgraded and at intersections for safety and visibility reasons.

The safety measure and location were selected according to international best practice guidelines. We also considered the proximity to schools or other locations where there are a higher number of people walking or on bikes, space available between driveways and/or bus stops and if roads are used for bus routes.

Have your say by 13 November 2022.

This project is supported by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

What we identified in Papatoetoe West

We have identified various areas for road safety improvements. Papatoetoe West has been prioritised because of:

  • Safety concerns raised by residents
  • Local Crash Analysis System (CAS) data – 145 crashes over a five year period. View map of crashes in local area (PDF 224KB).
  • Vehicle speeds on key roads in Papatoetoe West are in excess of the current speed limits
  • The highest speeds recorded were in excess of 121km/h on:
    • Ferndown Avenue
    • Park Avenue
    • Claude Avenue
    • Hillcrest Road
    • Hillside Road
    • Pah Road
    • Lendenfeld Drive
  • Location of community facilities (schools, shops, parks and community centres).

Types of crash 

Infographic indicating types of crash in Papatoetoe West

Proposed road safety improvements

The project aims to reduce vehicle speeds on local residential streets in Papatoetoe West, we are planning on installing a combination of speed calming measures.

These measures include:

  • raised table zebra crossings
  • speed humps
  • speed cushions
  • pedestrian refuges
  • entry treatment in the form of red coloured surfacing.

These will:

  • reduce vehicle speeds to survivable levels
  • help to reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths
  • help to create slower speed environment, which is safer for everyone, especially for school children
  • encourage people to walk and cycle locally.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

Project background

In 2021, Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) was trialed in the area as part of Waka Kotahi’s Innovating Streets for People Fund and led by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. Read the LTN monitoring and evaluation report.

At the end of the trial, we reopened the roads. The temporary measures that received community support stayed and are still in place today, including:

  • the temporary closure of Sumner Street and Park Avenue
  • installing raised crossings and localised speed-calming measures.

Community feedback at the time showed general support for speed calming efforts in the area too, such as the pedestrian crossing outside Aorere College. Therefore, some temporary measures will become permanent and be built next year.

Further monitoring after the trial showed:

  • a general reduction in both speed and traffic on the streets that had temporary measures
  • vehicle speeds and drivers using local streets to avoid main roads increased on the roads without any safety measures.

This tells us, a few streets on their own are not enough. We have adopted an area-based speed calming approach. ​

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport