Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing changes to Raleigh Road in Northcote.
Project status: Consultation - feedback closed Sunday, 16 August 2020.
Project zone: North
In August 2020 we asked for feedback on proposed changes to Raleigh Road in Northcote.
The proposed changes include:
- An eastbound bus lane operating 6:30am to 10am weekdays.
- Changes to bus stops and shelters, these directly affect properties at 10, 14, 40, 61, 78, 81, 89 and 89A Raleigh Road.
- Two new signalised pedestrian crossings.
- Removal of on-street parking at various locations and during the operation of the bus lane.
- Removal of one cherry tree.
The location of the proposed bus lane is shown on the map.
- There are up to 11 buses per hour during the morning peak that will benefit from these proposals.
- Buses are experiencing significant delays during the AM peak traffic period along this stretch of road. The proposal will result in the following travel time savings for buses:
- Average travel time savings per bus = 90 seconds (1.5 mins), during the 8am-9am period.
- Maximum travel time savings per bus = 210 seconds (3.5 mins), during the 8am-9am period.
- A bus lane has been recommended instead of a T2 or T3 lane because travel time savings for buses would be significantly reduced if a T2 or T3 lane was implemented. With a T2 or T3 lane, it is estimated that the average travel time savings for buses would be reduced by 20-30 seconds and the maximum travel time savings would be reduced by 50-70 seconds. As traffic volumes continued to increase, travel time savings for buses (and other T2/T3 vehicles) would continually decrease.
- In addition to cutting travel time savings for buses, vehicles using the general traffic lane would actually experience notable increases in travel times if a T2 or T3 lane were introduced.
- The reduction in travel time savings and increased travel times to general vehicles would be caused by the larger number of vehicles merging from the T2/T3 lane back into the general traffic lane before the Raleigh Rd/Lake Rd/Exmouth Rd intersection.
- Bus stops are being relocated for the following reasons:
- To ensure the bus stops are located in pairs either side of the proposed pedestrian crossing. This means the pedestrian crossing is convenient for bus passengers and also makes the bus network more legible, particularly for new and potential bus users. And/or
- To ensure bus stops are located after the pedestrian crossing. This improves the safety of the pedestrian crossing as it removes the risk of buses parked before the pedestrian crossing obstructing overtaking vehicles views of the pedestrian crossing.
- To create bus stop spacings closer to AT’s recommended separation of 400m.
- The proposed signalised pedestrian crossings provide a safe crossing point across this busy road. This will improve access to the bus stops and other destinations in the area.
- Broken yellow lines areas are required to ensure buses can easily pull up against the kerb at the bus stops and also to ensure parked vehicles don’t block other vehicles views of the pedestrian crossings.
- The broken yellow lines from 20-30 Raleigh Road (south side of road) are required to provide space for the west-bound traffic lane. Due to the centreline relocation this lane would not be wide enough if on-street parking were to remain.
- Auckland Transport embraces Vision Zero principles. We are putting safety at the heart of our business, where our road network is safe for all users. Zero deaths or serious injuries on the transport network are acceptable.
Proposed bus lane
- An eastbound morning peak hours bus lane about 600m in length. The bus lane starts just east of Ocean View Road and finishes just before the Raleigh Rd/Lake Rd/Exmouth Rd roundabout.
- The bus lane will use space currently used for on-street parking on the north side of Raleigh Road and also require the road centreline to be moved southwards.
- The bus lane will operate 6:30am to 10am weekdays. On-street parking will not be available on the north side of Raleigh Road during the operating hours of the bus lane.
- Buses, bicycles, and motorbikes will be permitted to use the bus lane.
Proposed changes to bus stops and shelters
- The bus stops and shelters outside 89/89A and 61 Raleigh Road will be rationalised into one bus stop and shelter outside 81 Raleigh Road.
- The bus stop and shelter outside 40 Raleigh Road will be moved to 78 Raleigh Road.
- The bus stop and shelter outside 10 Raleigh Road will be moved to outside 14 Raleigh Road.
Proposed signalised pedestrian crossings
- Two new signalised pedestrian crossings will be installed. One outside 78 and 87 Raleigh Road, and one outside 9 and 12 Raleigh Road. The crossings will sit on a green light unless a pedestrian presses the button. The existing pedestrian refuge islands outside 6 and 16 Raleigh Road will be removed.
- Some parking will be removed permanently (indicated by broken yellow lines on the map).
- Parking will not be permitted within the bus lane when it is in operation.
- Removal of on-street parking along parts of Raleigh Road is required to make space for the bus lane, ensure bus stops meet current safety and accessibility standards (AT Code of Practice) and improve visibility at pedestrian crossings.
- Parking surveys indicate that if the project is implemented, there will be enough parking available on Raleigh Road and its side streets to accommodate the existing parking demand. However, during the operating hours of the bus lane (6.30am to 10am) some people who cannot park on their property may need to park on the side streets or roads at either end of Raleigh Road. The distance from any point on Raleigh Road to the nearest alternative road is 5m-125m.
The cherry tree outside 11 Raleigh Road will be removed to avoid its branches striking buses which will be travelling close the kerb and to ensure it does not block views of the proposed pedestrian signals. We will replace this tree with two new trees within the local area.
If implemented, the proposal will leave enough space for a one-way cycleway on both sides of the road. Both cycleways can be physically separated from traffic. However please note that at present there is no funding programmed for cycleways along this road.
In July and August, you shared your views on plans to make improvements to Raleigh Road in Northcote. The proposal was open for public feedback from the 27 July to 16 August 2020. In total, 77 submissions were received.
After considering all the feedback and completing further investigations, we have decided to progress the project through to implementation, subject to the following changes:
- Outside 20 and 22 Raleigh Road we can now retain three parking spaces we originally thought would need to be removed. Outside 28 and 30 Raleigh Road we can now retain four parking spaces we originally thought would need to be removed. These seven spaces are located close to a preschool at 16/18 Raleigh Road.
- Add broken yellow lines to the entry lane into Fowler Street to remove 2 parking spaces and ensure the entrance to this street does not get blocked (narrowed too much by cars parked on both sides of the road).
- Add broken yellow lines (remove two car parks) outside 52 and 54 Raleigh Road (east of Holdaway Avenue) to improve visibility for drivers pulling out of and for pedestrians crossing this side road.
- The removal and replanting (at a ratio of 2:1) of three additional street trees. The trees to be removed are one small tree in poor condition (outside no. 41), one young/small tree in good condition (outside no. 78), and one tree that is already dead (also outside no. 78). We plan to replace the loss of these 3 trees with 6 new trees each 160 litres in size (2.5-3.0 metres tall). The replacement trees will be planted along Raleigh Road unless we run out of suitable planting locations. If any of the trees cannot be planted along Raleigh Road they will be planted in the surrounding neighbourhood. (please note the removal of these three trees is in addition to the removal of one medium sized tree in poor health, that was proposed to be removed as part of the original project).
We anticipate the proposed changes will be constructed in 2021. We will be in touch with local residents prior to any construction taking place.