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Auckland Transport's Community Transport team is working closely with 5 schools to improve road safety in their local streets through our AT Safe School Streets pilot programme.

Project status: Consultation.
Project zone: Region-wide

Project overview

The Safe School Streets programme looks at how infrastructure improvements, placemaking (the way streets are planned and designed), tactical urbanism (low-cost temporary changes) and behaviour change programmes can improve safety and encourage alternative transport options for the school journey. The changes are designed to improve the school pick-up/drop-off experience, as well as improve safety for all road users.

The vision of the project is to see an improvement in the street safety near school entrances for all road users, a increase in active school travel and a reduction in congestion.

AT is working with research partners to understand the impact of the recently installed interim changes, which will inform the design of permanent solutions for these streets.


  • Safe School Streets will make it more difficult to park illegally near school entrances. 
  • Increase visibility of school children near the school. 
  • The school gate environment will become safer, and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Reduced C02 emissions from vehicles parking near schools grounds could improve air quality for children walking to school.
  • The project will be supported with high quality education to increase active modes, and tailor it to the community needs.

Schools involved with pilot

There are 5 schools involved with this pilot, they are:

  • Willow Park Primary School - 13-17 Compton St, Hillcrest, Auckland
  • Milford School - 34 Shakespeare Rd, Milford
  • Sunnyhills School - 17 The Crest - Sunnyhills, Pakuranga
  • Owairaka District School - 113-115 - Richardson Rd, Mount Albert
  • Rutherford School (Primary and College) - 2 Kotuku St, Te Atatu Peninsula


  • May 2019 - Safe School Streets programme launch at Rutherford School.
  • July 2019 – Owairaka School one-day event.
  • August 2019 - consultation on Rutherford School proposals.
  • November 2019 - Rutherford interim phase introduced.
  • 20 November 2019 - Sunnyhills one day event.
  • First quarter 2020: Owairaka interim phase.

Project details – Rutherford School

Rutherford Primary School is involved in the Safe School Streets project with Auckland Transport, which is trialling changes to improve road safety and encourage walking, cycling, and scootering. Starting in November 2019, interim changes have been made to streets and parking around Rutherford Primary School and Rutherford College. 

The interim improvements are temporary and use semi-permanent elements that can be easily installed and removed. This allows AT to test their effectiveness and make adjustments before permanent improvements are introduced. Interim improvements for Rutherford Schools include:

  • Parking: With the narrowing of Kotuku St, the southern side of the street has become a ‘no stopping or parking zone’ for parents and students. This will significantly reduce the number of cars and turning movements on Kotuku Street and make it safer for those walking, cycling and scooting. The parking restrictions don’t apply to residents.
  • Drop off and pick up/park and walk zones: Pick up/drop off zones are located on the school side of Toru Street and the top of Titoki and Karamu Street to reduce vehicle congestion in and around the school gate. There are also park and walk zones on Gloria Avenue and Old Te Atatu Road. These zones are not for student parking
  • New pedestrian crossings and speed calming measures: New courtesy crossing locations are being tested at either end of Kotuku Street and Toru Street. During this interim installation these are raised courtesy crossings, not zebra crossings so pedestrians do not have priority over traffic, but they will slow vehicles and allow us to test the location.
  • Safe walking streets: Walking and cycling will be safer for students due to a reduction of vehicles passing the school gate.

Download the Rutherford interim phase plans (PDF 1.1MB).

Public feedback

The purpose of this consultation was to seek feedback from residents about the interim changes and the impact they are having.

Your feedback about the changes and the impact of the changes - particularly during school drop-off and pick-up times - will help Auckland Transport to understand if further changes are needed and whether the interim changes should be made permanent.

Feedback closed on Friday, 10 July 2020.

Next steps

Auckland Transport and its research partners will analyse the feedback from the school and community on the interim changes and use it to help refine the proposed permanent improvements.

Construction of any permanent changes would most likely to take place at the start of 2021.

Project details - Ōwairaka District School

Auckland Transport (AT) is progressing its Safe School Streets programme with Ōwairaka District School into the next phase. Following a one-day trial event last year, AT will now be introducing interim improvements around Ōwairaka District School for a six-month period.

During the school holidays in July 2020, AT will be installing several interim street changes that align with the one-day event from last year. Please note that the installation may run into the first week of the new term if weather disrupts plans.

The interim changes include:

  • Drop-off and pick-up/park and walk zones. We encourage parents/care-givers to drop children off at these drop-off zones.
    • July- October. These are located at the Alamein and Cassino cul-de-sacs, which can both be accessed via Hargest Terrace, and on Ōwairaka Ave.
    • November onwards. Vehicle access to Range View Road is currently restricted to residents due to infrastructure works as part of a new residential development separate to AT. Once complete, further zones will be available, in Murray Halberg Park carpark and on Dunkirk Terrace.
  • Restricted parking. There will be no school parking on the school side of Richardson Road for parents during drop off/pick up times, however, parking for parents will be available at a number of park and walk locations. Vehicle access to Dunkirk Terrace and the Murray Halberg Parking Area will be restricted to residents only until infrastructure works, as part of a new residential development separate to AT, on Range View Road are completed.
  • Unlocked gate. The school gate located in Murray Halberg Park will be unlocked and opened during the interim phase. Entry via this school gate is the quickest way to get to school from Murray Halberg Park and Alamein Terrace.

Download the Ōwairaka interim phase plans (PDF 829KB)

Have your say on Ōwairaka District School

Give feedback on Ōwairaka District School proposal until further notice

Next steps

Feedback on the interim measures and programme will be taken later in 2020. Following taking feedback at a later stage AT will look to introduce permanent fixtures next year.

Project details - Willow Park School

Auckland Transport (AT) is holding a one-day event outside Willow Park, on Compton Street, on Wednesday 29 July as part of its Safe School Streets programme. The event will see changes being made to the way children can be dropped off and picked up from school, accompanied by a coffee cart, sausage sizzle, and games and face painting.

The interim changes on the day include:

  • Pick up/drop off zone - Pick up/drop off zones are located on Compton Street and Eban Avenue to reduce vehicle congestion in and around the school gate. Pick up and drop off location are located on one side of the road to encourage a counterclockwise loop system around the school. Parents are expected to stay in their vehicles for pick up and drop off to be effective.
  • Mini roundabout. There will be 2 trial roundabouts at key intersections on the school loop, which will improve the drop off and turn around process and encourage an anti-clockwise flow of traffic.
  • No parking area. There will be no parking around the school gates on Compton Street on the day of the event.
  • School zone threshold. There will be new thresholds on Eban Avenue and Moore Street. This will force cars to slow down as they arrive near the school zone.

Download the Willow Park School plans (PDF 101KB)

Have your say on Willow Park School

Give feedback on Willow Park School proposal until further notice

Next steps

The next steps for Willow Park School are to introduce semi-permanent fixtures to help manage traffic flow. These are likely to be in place from early 2021. You will be notified ahead of this, and during this time more detailed feedback will be taken.

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