Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing changes to East Coast Road, in Forest Hill.
Project status: Consultation
Project zone: North
Feedback closed on Sunday 30 August 2020 on proposed changes to East Coast Road, between Forrest Hill Road roundabout and Sunnynook Road roundabout, in Forrest Hill.
The proposed changes include:
- A northbound bus lane operating 24hours, seven days a week. The creation of the bus lane does not require parking removal.
- Changes to the Forest Hill Road roundabout.
- Changes to bus stops and shelters, these directly affect properties at 246, 248, 248A, 250, 278, 280, 280A, 312 East Coast Road as well as the Pupuke Golf Club.
- Extend the section of southbound dual traffic lanes on East Coast Road exiting the Sunnynook Road roundabout.
- Reconstruct the driveway accesses to 248, 248A, and 250 East Coast Road.
- Changes to the painted central median (removed through most of the project area).
- Three new signalised pedestrian crossings, outside 252, 278 and 308 East Coast Road.
- The creation of the bus lane does not require parking removal. But there is parking removal required in various locations on the north/east side of the road, mainly due to the proposed bus stop improvements.
The location of the proposed bus lane is shown on the map.
- The bus priority initiatives will reduce travel times and improve travel time reliability for buses. This is important because buses are experiencing delays along this stretch of road. The bus priority initiatives will enable buses to by-pass traffic queues thus reducing delays and improving reliability.
- The project will benefit 8 buses per hour during AM peak traffic times and 11 buses per hour during PM peak traffic times.
- The proposed northbound bus lane along East Coast Road is expected to result in the following travel time savings during PM peak travel times:
- Average travel time savings per bus of 87 seconds;
- Maximum travel time savings per bus of 147 seconds.
- The proposed bus priority initiatives at the Forest Hill Roundabout is expected to result in the following travel time savings during AM peak travel times:
- Average travel time savings per bus of 84 seconds;
- Maximum travel time savings per bus of 162 seconds.
- The current merge point for traffic turning right from Sunnynook Road and the southbound bypass lane on East Coast Road is potentially unsafe as the merge is close to the proposed pedestrian crossing, which could distract driver’s awareness from the crossing. To enable the merge to operate safely it is proposed that two southbound lanes be provided from the roundabout to the start of the existing T3 lane.
- The proposed pedestrian crossings provide safe crossing points across this busy road for bus passengers and other people.
- Auckland Transport is taking a Vision Zero approach to road safety. This means we are working to create a more forgiving road network that recognises that we are human and make mistakes. But those mistakes should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured.
Proposed bus lane
- Install a northbound bus lane on East Coast Road, between the East Coast Road/Forest Hill Road roundabout and 310 East Coast Road:
- Length of 710 metres;
- Hours of operation will be 24 hours, seven days a week.
- The space for the bus lane will be achieved by narrowing the painted central median, narrowing the existing T2 lane on the northern side of East Coast Road to 3.5m, and adjusting the kerb in some locations. The creation of the bus lane does not require parking removal.
- Buses, bicycles, and motorbikes will be permitted to use the bus lane. For people on bikes this will provide a more attractive on road cycle route, than sharing a general traffic lane.
Proposed changes to the Forest Hill Road roundabout
- Amend the left-turn only lane from East Coast Road into Forest Hill Road, to allow buses to turn right into the northbound section of East Coast Road.
- Create a section of bus lane around the south and western edges of the roundabout. Space for the bus lane will be created by narrowing the central roundabout island. The bus lane would operate 24 hours seven days a week, to avoid confusion to bus drivers and other road users.
- Install Swedish style raised tables on all three approaches to the intersection to slow vehicle speeds and improve safety. A Swedish style table has been chosen as it provides a smoother transition for buses and other vehicles, while still being effective at reducing vehicle speeds.
- Reconfigure the central raised traffic islands on the southern legs of the Forest Hill Road/East Coast Road roundabout.
Proposed changes to bus stops and shelters
- Relocate the existing bus stop and shelter on the northern side of East Coast Road (opposite 312 East Coast Road) to the southeast side of the vehicle exit from Pupuke Golf Club (opposite 306/308 East Coast Road). This will mean that the bus stop is located closer to the proposed pedestrian crossing and that buses coming from Sunnynook Road can also use this bus stop.
- Relocate the existing bus stop and shelter on the eastern side of East Coast Road, from opposite 252 East Coast Road to opposite 256/258 East Coast Road. This will ensure buses parked at the bus stop won’t obstruct other vehicles views of people using the pedestrian crossing.
- Install a new shelter at the existing bus stop outside 312 East Coast Road.
- Relocate the existing bus stop and shelter on the northern side of East Coast Road, which is in front of the Pupuke Golf Club car park (opposite 282 east Coast Road), to opposite 276 East Coast Road (just north of the William Souter Street intersection). This will improve the spacing of bus stops and also mean the bus stop is closer to the proposed signalised pedestrian crossing.
- Widen the footpath at the bus shelter outside 246/248 East Coast Road and widen the driveway access to 248, 248A, and 250 East Coast Road. This will provide space for passengers to enter and exit the bus without obstructing the shared pedestrian/bicycle path.
- Relocate the existing bus stop and shelter on the western side of East Coast Road, from 278 East Coast Road to 280 East Coast Road. This will allow a full-length bus stop to be installed, as space at the current bus stop location is constrained by the proposed signalised pedestrian crossing and driveways.
Proposed changes to the exit from the East Coast Road/Sunnynook Road roundabout
- Traffic turning right from Sunnynook Road onto East Coast Road currently merges with the southbound bypass lane near the proposed signalised pedestrian crossing, it is proposed that the two southbound lanes be extended to the start of the existing T3 lane.
Proposed signalised pedestrian crossings
- Three new signalised pedestrian crossings, outside 252, 278 and 308 East Coast Road.
Proposed driveway reconstruction
- Reconstruct the driveway accesses to 248, 248A, and 250 East Coast Road as part of the bus stop improvements (kerb relocation) outside 248 East Coast Road.
Proposed changes to the painted central median
- The painted median will be removed along East Coast Road from Forest Hill Road to Sunnynook Road to provide space for the bus lane and dual traffic lane extension.
- However, the central median and right-turn bay at William Souter Street will largely be retained.
- There is parking removal on the northern/eastern side of East Coast Road at the following locations:
- Opposite 302-306, 296, 276-280 and 256-260 (due to bus stop relocations and to ensure buses can easily pull up against the kerb at the bus stops and exit bus stops easily).
- Opposite 296 (to prevent vehicles parking at the entrance to the T2 lane).
- There is plenty of capacity in the on-street parking immediately next to, or near, all the parking removal locations to accommodate parking demand.
In August, you shared your views on plans to make improvements to East Coast Road in Forrest Hill. The proposal was open for public feedback from 10 August to 30 August 2020. In total, 21 submissions were received.
Read the main points made by submitters and AT’s response to these points in the feedback document (PDF 125KB).
We’d like to thank you for taking the time to respond and for playing an important part in shaping the future of our city.
How we’re moving forward
After considering all the feedback, we have decided to progress the project through to implementation, subject to the following change:
- Slightly move the signalised pedestrian crossing that was proposed outside 278 East Coast Road so that it does not conflict with the new vehicle crossing in that location.
What happens next
We anticipate the proposed changes will be constructed in 2021. We will be in touch with local residents prior to any construction taking place.