Auckland Transport and the Waka Kotahi (NZ Transport Agency) have identified the corridor consisting of Rata Street and Ash Street as high-risk corridors and being eligible for safety improvements as part of the Safe Network Programme.
The project will cover Rata Street and Ash Street between the Great North Road (GNR)/Titirangi Road/Rata Street intersection and the Ash Street/Rosebank Road intersection which is about 2.3km in length.
Rata Street currently carries approximately 17,950 vehicles northbound and 18,800 vehicles southbound per day with a heavy vehicle consisting of 6%.
Ash Street currently carries approximately 17,800 vehicles northbound and 17,100 vehicles southbound per day with a heavy vehicle consisting of 6%.
Tragically, between 2014 – 2018 there were three fatal and 11 serious injury crashes along this corridor. A further 46 people were injured in the 213 crashes that occurred.
Within the next 5 years, there's going to be significant growth in the area with over 1000 new houses expected to be built before 2026 in the Avondale area alone. Expected population growth in Avondale and surrounding suburbs, will place additional pressure on roads and traffic congestion.
This proposal is supported with funding from the Auckland regional fuel tax.
This project covers the length Ash Street and Rata Street.
- Mid-October 2021 – consultation opens
- Mid-November 2021 – consultation closes
- Early-2022 – Release feedback report
- Mid-2022 – Start construction
2021 Public Consultation
From 18 October to 14 November 2021, we consulted on the proposed pedestrian safety measures along Ash Street and Rata Street. We received 141 responses.
Based on the feedback we received, we are proceeding with the following safety changes to Ash Street and Rata Street, subject to funding
- Installing a new signalised crossing on Ash Street next to Highbury Street and a raised table in the eastbound lanes
- Installing raised safety tables at the intersection of Ash Street and Rosebank Road
- Removing the existing signalised crossing at 53 Ash Street (a new crossing will be provided at Wairau Ave intersection)
- Signalising the intersection of Ash Street and Wairau Avenue and adding a raised table
- Installing raised safety tables at the intersection of Rata Street and Great North Road
- Installing electronic driver feedback signs along Ash Street and Rata Street
- Changing road markings on the Whau River over bridge
- Upgrading street lighting at locations where changes are made.
We are now working with Waka Kotahi to secure funding for these changes. Subject to funding, we hope to start work in mid-2022, but this is dependent on further changes to the COVID-19 Traffic Light System.
2020 Public Consultation
In 2020, AT asked the community to tell us about their experiences of walking, riding a bike or driving along Ash Street and Rata Street. We also asked what parts of Ash Street and Rata Street you would like us to improve. In total 197 submissions were received.