Auckland Transport (AT), in partnership with the Albert – Eden Local Board, is seeking public feedback on proposed road safety improvements in Mount Albert south.
Project status: Investigation
Project zone: Central
This initiative comes after a previous consultation by the Albert – Eden Local Board which asked residents about the speeds of vehicles in the neighbourhood, and if the roads were being used as a shortcut. The proposal put forward now by AT, follows a request from the local board to address the issues raised in the initial consultation. The local board see these changes as important and are funding the proposed improvements.
The project area is bound by Taylors Road, Alberton Avenue, Mount Albert Road, and New North Road. The request for speed calming in the area has come after the local board consulted with residents in 2019 around the issue of rat-running and vehicles travelling too fast on the roads.
80% of all road deaths and serious injuries occur on 50km/h local urban roads. Nearly half of those deaths and injuries involve vulnerable road users – children, the elderly, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles. AT is committed to making the roads safer for all road users and these changes will help improve safety for people walking and cycling including school children.
Safety improvement programmes, like this one in Mount Albert south, 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).
The improvements include:
- Five new speed humps and side islands along Lloyd Avenue, between New North Road and Albert Avenue.
- Two new speed humps and side islands along Kitenui Avenue, between Mount Albert Road and Alexis Avenue.
- Five new speed humps and side islands along Alexis Avenue, between New North Road and Alberton Avenue.
- Installing red surfacing on Allendale Road, Ranleigh Road, Kitenui Avenue and Alberton Avenue at their intersections with Mount Albert Road.
- Installing red surfacing on Lloyd Avenue, Alexis Avenue, Bennet Street, Kitenui Avenue and Alberton Avenue, at their intersections with New North Road.
- Installing red surfacing on Taylors Road at its intersection with St. Lukes Road.
- Upgrading the existing pedestrian crossing outside Mount Albert Grammar School to a new speed table with raised pedestrian crossing. This work will include building the kerb out as well, to make a wider footpath.
The aim of the project is to improve safety for all road users. Albert - Eden Local Board see these changes as important and are funding the proposed improvements.
- The area will become safer for all road users as traffic will be travelling slower.
- People on bikes are likely to become more confident to ride in the area, reducing the use of single occupancy vehicles.
- People who have been using the roads as a 'rat-run' will be discouraged from doing so, as it will be more efficient to use the main arterial roads which are designed to carry a large volume of traffic.
- The journey to and from school for thousands of children throughout the week will become more safer as vehicles on these roads will be travelling at a slower speed.
The project is fully-funded by the Albert – Eden Local Board.
The purpose of this targeted consultation was to find out if there were any land development proposals or issues, or safety issues that would affect the safety improvements.
We specifically sought feedback on:
- Any land development proposals or issues that may affect the proposed safety upgrades.
- Any site-specific safety issues with the safety upgrades.
Feedback for this project closed 29 June 2020.