Auckland Transport (AT) is working alongside the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board to make changes to roads in Mairangi Bay town centre in order to improve safety and accessibility for all road users.
Project status: Consultation - feedback closed 14 December 2018.
Project zone: North.
We are proposing to make changes to roads in Mairangi Bay town centre in order to improve safety and accessibility for all road users, especially children and people walking and cycling.
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.
Caption: Artists impression of the Beach Road and Hastings Road intersection.
The improvements proposed include:
- Three new raised pedestrian crossings within Mairangi Bay town centre – two on Beach Road and one on Hastings Road near the Beach Road intersection.
- Building out the kerbs in four locations to help encourage slower vehicle speeds when vehicles enter the town centre. The locations are: two on Beach Road, one on Ramsgate Terrace and one on Hastings Road.
The proposed speed calming measures will also enable the speed limit in the project area to be reduced to 30km/h in the future - as a part of the upcoming speed limit bylaw change. Consultation on this proposed bylaw will take place in early 2019.
The aim of the project is to improve safety for all road users. Hibiscus and Bays Local Board see these changes as important and are funding the proposed improvements.
Proposed location of town centre safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:
- Download the updated detailed design plans and locations of the proposed town centre safety improvements for Mairangi Bay (PDF 4.3MB, 7 pages).
We plan to implement these measures in 2019.
These improvements are part of AT's commitment to reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on our roads by 60% over the next 10 years.
Before we make these changes, we wanted to understand if there are any issues or concerns that need to be taken into consideration, what you think about the proposal and any changes you would like to make. Your local knowledge gave us a better understanding of the area and help us make improvements.
Feedback closed Friday 14 December 2018.
Public feedback report
We received 132 submissions on this consultation. Feedback for the project was mixed with many supporting the safety improvements and others concerned additional congestion could arise from the changes.
- Nearly 45% people provided feedback to us to help us improve the safety and outcomes of the proposal design, and/or to lessen the impacts they are concerned might occur. These covered a wide range of topics.
- A third of the submissions raised concerns about the new pedestrian crossings worsening congestion in the village. Travel through the village, especially during weekday commuting hours was a key theme underpinning this concern. Many people raised existing congestion issues on Beach Road.
- About a quarter of submitters (24%) felt that the proposal is unnecessary, that the village is safe for pedestrians and that the existing facilities are enough for the size of the village.
- 20% of people who made submissions thought that cyclists have not been sufficiently catered for in the design, and that the design needs to go further. Some felt that the design makes cycling less safe.
- 10% of people have voiced support for a future 30KM/hr zone.
- 10% raised concerns about the crossing at the Beach Road - Montrose Terrace roundabout. Safety was a key factor underpinning many of these comments.
- 10% of submitters gave feedback on the gateway treatments – most thought they need to be improved/ were inadequate and would not achieve the desired outcome.
- 7% of people’s submissions asked for pedestrian crossings at other locations in addition to the proposed locations.
Auckland Transport (AT) in partnership with Hibiscus and Bays Local Board has read and reviewed all feedback received during the consultation.
We will proceed with the proposal to improve safety through Mairangi Bay village with one small change to the pedestrian crossings. The profile of the raised pedestrian crossings will now be more gentle on exit which means drivers will only need to slow on the approach.
We will be in touch with residents and local businesses once we have confirmed the construction timeline.
It is anticipated that construction of these changes will take place towards the end of 2019 and take between four and six weeks to complete.