Papatoetoe West Residential Speed Management Programme Papatoetoe West Residential Speed Management Programme

Auckland Transport (AT) are making safety improvements on residential streets in West Papatoetoe to provide a safer environment for all road users. 

Project status: Consultation open until 13 November 2022
Project zone: South

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AT are committed to improving safety for all road users in Auckland. Our main focus is to protect people from dying or being seriously injured on our roads. One of the fastest ways of minimising road trauma involves reducing vehicle speeds in residential areas.

Papatoetoe West has been identified as an area where speeds need to be reduced as part of our Residential Speed Management programme. The improvements are proposed for the area contained by Portage, Station, Wylie, and Puhinui Road and State Highway 20. For more information on the area, see the overview map.

We aim to reduce vehicle speeds by installing a combination of speed calming measures. These will help to create a slower speed environment, which is safer for everyone. This will help to reduce the risks of accidents, serious injuries and death as well as make the streets safer for pedestrians, encouraging people to walk and cycle more.

What to expect with the changes

The improvements will require the removal of eight to ten car parks. This is where raised zebra crossings are proposed, where bus stops are being upgraded and at intersections for safety and visibility reasons.

The safety measure and location were selected according to international best practice guidelines. We also considered the proximity to schools or other locations where there are a higher number of people walking or on bikes, space available between driveways and/or bus stops and if roads are used for bus routes.

Have your say by 13 November 2022.

This project is supported by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.

What we identified in Papatoetoe West

We have identified various areas for road safety improvements. Papatoetoe West has been prioritised because of:

  • Safety concerns raised by residents
  • Local Crash Analysis System (CAS) data – 145 crashes over a five year period. View map of crashes in local area (PDF 224KB).
  • Vehicle speeds on key roads in Papatoetoe West are in excess of the current speed limits
  • The highest speeds recorded were in excess of 121km/h on:
    • Ferndown Avenue
    • Park Avenue
    • Claude Avenue
    • Hillcrest Road
    • Hillside Road
    • Pah Road
    • Lendenfeld Drive
  • Location of community facilities (schools, shops, parks and community centres).

Types of crash 

Infographic indicating types of crash in Papatoetoe West

Proposed road safety improvements

The project aims to reduce vehicle speeds on local residential streets in Papatoetoe West, we are planning on installing a combination of speed calming measures.

These measures include:

  • raised table zebra crossings
  • speed humps
  • speed cushions
  • pedestrian refuges
  • entry treatment in the form of red coloured surfacing.

These will:

  • reduce vehicle speeds to survivable levels
  • help to reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths
  • help to create slower speed environment, which is safer for everyone, especially for school children
  • encourage people to walk and cycle locally.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

Overview map

Map of Papatoetoe West showing where road improvements will be located.
Click on map for a larger version (PDF 182KB).

Download drawings to view speed calming improvements by location.

Area 1:

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Catkin Crescent, Holborn Place, Sabre Place, Narada Place, Komako Place, Chantelle Place, Misty Place, Heathberry Close, Daphne Road. 

Area 2:

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Deering Place, Malaspina Place, Malte Brun Place, Magellan Place, Azara Place, Navigator Place, Vigo Place, Sumner Street, Beaufort Place, Reseda Place, Deering Place, Glenmary Place.

Area 3:

Also visible in these drawing are other connecting streets that may be affected: Margaret Road, Quintal Place, Lismore Place, Bendale Place, Sabi Place, Abelia Place, Rapley Place, Capital Place, Olive Crescent.

Have your say

Listening to what you have to say is important to us. Your local knowledge can help us make better decisions, so together we can achieve the best outcomes for your neighbourhood.

You can help by telling us what you think about the proposal and what changes, if any, you would make.

Consultation is open until 13 November 2022.  

Give your feedback

Come talk to us

 Turn up at any time during our drop-in sessions and our team will be there to answer any questions you have.

Drop-in sessions at Papatoetoe Public Library:

  • Saturday 29 October: 11am to 3pm
  • Wednesday 2 November: 3 to 7pm

After feedback closes

We’ll listen to all the feedback we receive, and together with your community representatives decide the best way to move forward.

  • If you provided your email or address with your feedback, we will share the outcome with you.
  • Should the proposal go ahead, we will advise on construction timeframes at a later date.

Your local knowledge can help us make better decisions for your neighbourhood.

Project background

In 2021, Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) was trialed in the area as part of Waka Kotahi’s Innovating Streets for People Fund and led by the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board. Read the LTN monitoring and evaluation report.

At the end of the trial, we reopened the roads. The temporary measures that received community support stayed and are still in place today, including:

  • the temporary closure of Sumner Street and Park Avenue
  • installing raised crossings and localised speed-calming measures.

Community feedback at the time showed general support for speed calming efforts in the area too, such as the pedestrian crossing outside Aorere College. Therefore, some temporary measures will become permanent and be built next year.

Further monitoring after the trial showed:

  • a general reduction in both speed and traffic on the streets that had temporary measures
  • vehicle speeds and drivers using local streets to avoid main roads increased on the roads without any safety measures.

This tells us, a few streets on their own are not enough. We have adopted an area-based speed calming approach. ​

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport