To improve safety for pedestrians, the Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Transport plan to install a set of traffic lights outside 1601-1605 and 1600-1602 Great North Road in Waterview.
Project status: Consultation - Awaiting funding decision.
Project zone: Central
It is important that a safe crossing location is provided at this location as there are currently high volumes of pedestrians crossing this section of road in what is a high crash area. Providing safe crossing locations is important to the Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Transport, as we work to make our communities safer for all road users. This project is funded by the Albert-Eden Local Board’s transport capital fund.
In addition to the traffic lights, we also plan to:
- Install skid resistant surfacing leading up to the traffic lights - outside 1607 and 1605 on the northbound lane and outside 1596 and 1598 on the southbound lane.
- Install new 'traffic signals ahead' warning signs outside 1580-1584 Great North Road as well as 1611a – 1613 Great North Road. In addition, we also propose a 'traffic signals ahead on right' sign outside 1 and 1b Fairlands Avenue.
- Where required, trim some of the lower branches of some trees outside your properties to ensure road signs are visible, in particular the tree at 1602 Great North Road which is currently obstructing the 'high crash risk enforcement area sign'.
- Upgrade the street lighting at and leading up to the traffic lights.
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which will reduce AT's capital and operating budgets. It could also impact the Albert-Eden Local Board’s transport capital fund which was going to fund this project.
This could mean this project is delayed. We will update this page once we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.
We consulted on this proposal from 5 March to 25 March 2020 and received 19 submissions. We read and considered all of the feedback we received as part of the consultation process. Each submission has been taken into account alongside the objectives of this safety initiative.
The decision has been made to proceed with the project – subject to funding approval.
To address some submitters’ concerns about congestion, we will ensure the new signalised pedestrian crossing is linked to the adjacent intersections and doesn’t function as an isolated signalised pedestrian crossing on demand. Having the signalised pedestrian crossing linked optimally will minimise the impact on the surrounding motorway and regional/arterial network.
We now also plan to extend the skid resistant surfacing leading up to the traffic lights, on the eastern side of the road, up until 1594 Great North Road.