Bairds Road, Otara pedestrian safety improvements Bairds Road, Otara pedestrian safety improvements

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Project status: Construction
Project zone: South

Project overview

Bairds Road, between East Tamaki Road and Alexander Crescent, has been assessed as requiring pedestrian safety improvements. This assessment is based on crash data, its location close to schools and the Ōtara Town Centre, local speeds and traffic volumes, local traffic conditions and requests from the community.

As a result of this assessment, a number of changes are being made to improve pedestrian safety and provide connections where they currently do not exist.


These pedestrian safety improvement works were consulted in 2018 as part of a wider consultation that included changes that have been completed as part of another project.


  • Slow down traffic so that pedestrians can cross more safely.
  • Provide safe places for pedestrians to stop mid-crossing on wider streets.
  • Better manage traffic flows at the entrance to Hayman Street.
  • Help traffic turn into side streets without holding up other traffic.


  • July 2020 – works starts.
  • Mid to late November 2020 – work finishes.

Project details


This programme of works was consulted on in mid-2018 along with a range of other improvement works to Ōtara Town Centre. Those other works have been completed.

In this piece of work we will:

  • Put in a roundabout at the entrance to Hayman Street on Bairds Road.
  • Put in new speed tables that will slow traffic – a raised speed table is like a speed bump but it has a longer, flat top surface and is the same height as the kerbs nearby.
  • Provide new pedestrian islands that will shorten pedestrian crossing distances at intersections.
  • Improve signage, road markings and lighting.
  • Increase visibility of pedestrians and create a safe environment for all road users, at all times.

Download the roundabout drawing (PDF 1.2MB)

Throughout the project detours will be in place. Detour information will be available soon.

Tiakitanga: Safe with us

Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving.

Projects like this one around are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving). Read about Vision Zero.

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