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Sandringham and Balmoral Residential Quiet Zone

The Sandringham and Balmoral Residential Quiet Zone is a network of traffic calming treatments designed to work together to create safer and quieter residential streets.

The project was initiated by the Albert-Eden Local Board, and was funded by the board on behalf of the community; Auckland Transport managed delivery of the project. Construction was completed in November 2014.


Project overview

In 2012, the Albert-Eden Local Board started planning a project to create quieter residential streets and identified 2 key areas - Balmoral north and south - where they wanted to fund the implementation of traffic-calming measures to slow traffic down and limit rat running (avoiding heavy traffic or delays by using side streets instead of main roads).

The traffic calming treatments are designed to create a safer and more pleasant environment for residents, cyclists and pedestrians.

These area-wide collections of traffic calming treatments have been named Residential Quiet Zones.


Project details


The traffic-calming treatments include:

  • Threshold treatments: thick red lines (banding) painted on the road and signage at the entry points to the Residential Quiet Zone. This is designed to indicate a change in road environment;
  • Speed humps: sinusoidal speed humps which provide a smoother transition for vehicles and result in less road noise. The sinusoidal speed humps have been spaced to encourage consistent driver behaviour resulting in less vehicle braking and acceleration noise.
  • Slow marking: red rectangle and the word 'Slow' painted on the road.
  • Raised intersection at Lambeth and Highcliff Roads.
  • Pedestrian crossings: a raised pedestrian crossing will be installed outside 50 St Albans Avenue.

See examples of typical traffic-calming treatments (PDF 599KB)

Design documents


Public feedback

From 7 April to 2 May 2014, residents provided feedback on the proposed ‘Residential Quiet Zone’ in Sandringham and Balmoral.

210 submissions were received on the proposal. 77% of responses supported the Residential Quiet Zone (53% were strongly supportive), 4% were neutral and 20% opposed it (14% were strongly opposed).

After considering the feedback received, the Albert-Eden Local Board decided to progress the Residential Quiet Zone to implementation. As a result of the feedback received, there were several changes to the project, including:

  • The removal of all proposed road narrowing’s (replaced with speed humps or ‘Slow markings’).
  • A new raised pedestrian crossing outside 50 St Albans Avenue.
  • Speed humps replacing some of the proposed ‘Slow markings’.
  • New speed humps and ‘Slow markings’ where previously there were no treatments proposed.

Read the feedback summary and decisions report (PDF 896KB)

Construction of the network of traffic calming treatments commenced in late August 2014 and was completed in November 2014.


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