To improve safety for pedestrians, the Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Transport plan to install a set of traffic lights outside 649-653 and 632 New North Road, Mount Albert.
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 on their way to Morningside train station. Providing safe access to public transport is important to the Albert-Eden Local Board and Auckland Transport, as we work to make our communities safer for all road users. At present, it is a very dangerous place to cross and sadly, people have been hurt on this section of road. 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 - starting at the boundary of 661 and 653 on the northern side of New North Road and outside 632 on the southern side.
- Install a new 'traffic signals ahead' warning signs outside 665 and 628 New North Road. In addition, we also propose a 'traffic signals ahead on right' sign on Wolseley Street, parallel to the property at 645 New North Road.
- Improve the street lighting where the traffic lights will be and on both sides of the road for 200 metres either side of the traffic lights – from just before Rocky Nook Avenue to just before Inwood Street.
- Where required, trim some of the lower branches of some trees outside your properties so that road signs can be seen and cut back vegetation to allow for the full width of the footpath to be used.
In order to install the traffic lights, we will need to remove 15 on-street parking spaces. We conducted a parking survey which found that there is sufficient alternative off-street parking nearby – motorists will be able to find alternative spaces within 100 metres.
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 be in touch with you 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 the proposed traffic lights from 5 to 25 March 2020 and received 15 submissions. Thank you to everyone who took the time to provide feedback. We have 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 (see ‘Timeline’ above).
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. This will help to keep traffic flowing and minimise the impact on driver journey times.