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St Heliers village safety improvements St Heliers village safety improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) in partnership with St Heliers community representatives proposed changes to improve the connection between the beach and shops as well as make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around St Heliers village.


Project status: Consultation - last updated 15 March 2021.
Project zone: Central.


Project overview

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Artists impression of St Heliers village improvements.

Last year we asked for feedback on safety improvements in St Heliers village. We heard feedback that our proposal didn’t reflect what the community wanted and have since spent the last 18 months listening closely about what is important to those who travel in and around the village.

We worked alongside community representatives including those from the St Heliers / Glendowie Residents Association, the St Heliers Business Association, the Ōrākei Local Board and local Councillor Desley Simpson to shape a new proposal, with consequently no loss of car parking and 10 fewer raised crossings. which we would like your feedback on.

We carefully considered the safety problem together, while thinking about what is important to businesses, residents, and visitors to St Heliers. The new proposal is based on evidence where speed data, crash data, pedestrian surveys, and best practice in road safety are well considered. It also considers the extensive feedback and comments received from the community on the previous proposal and delivers solutions based on that feedback.

The proposed improvements include:

  • No loss of car parking.
  • A new car parking area on Goldie Street.
  • Slightly amending the raised intersection at Tamaki Drive / Cliff Road / Vale Road.
  • Slightly raising the existing roundabout at Polygon Road / St Heliers Bay Road (similar to Victoria Avenue / Shore Road).
  • New 30km/h road markings and a 30km/h electronic warning sign in place in June 2021.
  • A new give way control at the Polygon Road/Turua Street intersection.
  • Two new raised pedestrian crossings on Tamaki Drive (similar to Kelly Tarltons).
  • New zebra crossings on Turua Street, Polygon Road, Tamaki Drive, and Cliff Road (not raised).
  • Widening and extending the seaside Tamaki Drive path from 2.4 metres to 4 metres and turning this into a shared path wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians. This will extend from Cliff Road to Long Drive.
  • Removing the painted flush median and remark the road to make space for the wider shared path.
  • Adding a new bus stop outside ASB bank and removing the bus stop on Tamaki Drive adjacent to Vellenoweth Green. The next bus stop is less than 200 metres from The Parade and enables car parks to be added. The TāmakiLink bus service would then use the new bus stop outside the banks instead of stopping at La Vista/Annabelles. This will be more pleasant for café visitors as there will be less buses waiting next to the outdoor seating.
  • Improve the footpaths around the tree roots by the Moreton Bay Fig trees on Tamaki Drive.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

We know car parks in St Heliers are in high demand. This proposal has minor car park changes but overall there will be no loss of car parking.

Maps

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St Heliers Village Safety maps.

St Heliers Village Safety maps.

Download the St Heliers Village Safety maps (PDF 581KB)

Objectives

As a Vision Zero organisation, we are committed to making the roads around Auckland safer and reducing the risk of death or serious injuries on our roads. As part of this, we have a safe speeds programme for town centres where high-risk town centres have been identified around Auckland for speed reduction and other safety improvements.

St Heliers village is prioritised for improvements under this programme due to high numbers of vulnerable road users – children, senior citizens, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles interacting with motorists. Reducing speeds here has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring. Every Aucklander deserves a safe transport network where no death or serious injury is acceptable.

The project will be partly funded by the regional fuel tax.

Benefits

  • There are 2 new raised crossings proposed, similar to those outside Kelly Tarltons. These crossings enable St Heliers to meet the 30km/h speed reduction requirements approved by the Auckland Transport Board to be implemented in June 2021.
  • There are improvements to make the playground intersection safer and the proposal makes it easier for people to walk around and enjoy St Heliers. Footpath improvements will also make it easier to walk in and around the Moreton Bay Fig trees on Vellenoweth Green.
  • Along the seaside, the current footpath is proposed to be widened and made into a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians, with the wooden boardwalk remaining dedicated for pedestrians. The shared path will be wide enough for those to exit their cars safely including those with pushchairs and wheelchairs.
  • In addition to this proposal, your community representatives made sure the following additional items are being done:
    • Footpath improvements on Vellenoweth Green to make it easier to walk in and around the Moreton Bay Fig trees.
    • Lowering the bollards on the angled parks outside the library.
  • We are also looking at:
    • Reviewing the parking time limits in the village.
    • Riddell Road feeder bus services to Tamaki link for improved frequency.
    • Improvements to footpaths in the village as soon as possible.

Detailed design plans of proposed town centre safety improvements

Proposed location of the village safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:

Download the detailed design plans and locations of the proposed safety improvements for St Heliers village (PDF 2.6MB)

Additional information

The reason St Heliers needs safety improvements

As a Vision Zero organisation, we are committed to making the roads around Auckland safer and reducing the risk of death or serious injuries on our roads. As part of this, we have a safe speeds programme for town centres where high-risk town centres have been identified around Auckland for speed reduction and other safety improvements.

St Heliers village is prioritised for improvements under this programme due to high numbers of vulnerable road users – children, senior citizens, people walking and people on bikes or motorcycles interacting with motorists. Reducing speeds here has the greatest potential to reduce the chance of serious injuries and deaths occurring. Every Aucklander deserves a safe transport network where no death or serious injury is acceptable.

St Heliers village has also seen high numbers of crashes. Within a 5-year period (2013 – 2017) there have been 38 reported crash incidents within the St Heliers village area, of which resulted in 8 persons being injured. Since then, 2018-2019 also saw a further 19 reported crashes with 6 people being injured as a result.
The increase in road trauma is both a transport and public health issue for the region with significant economic costs. More importantly, the after-effects of road trauma on victims’ whānau, friends and community are devastating.

Why AT are looking at these changes if the speed limit will be reduced to 30km

The proposed safety improvements complement a slower speed limit and have more benefits over and above encouraging safer vehicle speeds. These benefits include:

  • A wider shared path with more space for people walking and biking.
  • Reduce vehicle speeds to survivable levels.
  • Make the streets safer for pedestrians.
  • Provide a safer environment for children, elderly and other vulnerable road users to cross roads.

What speeds are vehicles doing in St Heliers

Surveys taken in 2017 show vehicle speeds averaging 37.4km/h on Tamaki Drive in St Heliers.

How this proposal is different to the proposal AT asked for feedback on last year

We consulted on a proposal in April 2019 which had 13 raised crossings through the village and would have required the removal of 40 car parks.

After listening closely to public feedback, we commenced a working group with community representatives to come up with a new proposal that better met the needs of the St Heliers community while improving safety.

The new proposal includes: a new car parking area, some footpath improvements, a widened shared path, four new zebra crossings (not raised), two new raised pedestrian crossings, and some small bus stop changes. This proposal has minor car park changes but overall there will be no loss of car parking.

If the changes go ahead, it will improve the connection between the beach and shops as well as make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around St Heliers village.
If your question isn’t answered here, feel free to attend our drop-in sessions to speak to the project team and community representatives in person.

Will the existing pedestrian crossings be affected

The existing pedestrian crossings will remain under this proposal and won't be affected. This includes the two on St Heliers Bay Road and the one on Tamaki Drive by Barfoot and Thompson.

Why is a dedicated on-road cycleway not proposed

There isn’t enough road width available to introduce a two-way separated cycleway on Tamaki Drive without removing all the parking on the northern side of the road.
We heard during the previous consultation how strongly the community and local businesses were opposed to losing approximately 40 car parking spaces within St Heliers village. An on-road separated cycleway would remove approximately 60 car parking spaces along Tamaki Drive, through the village.
We anticipate that the proposed safety improvements together with the reduced speed limit would provide an overall safer environment for all road users, including people who choose to cycle on-road.
Increasing the width of the shared path will be safer for both people walking and on bikes where it is mainly used by recreational bikers who tend to travel on it at lower speeds.


Public engagement

We consulted from the 12 October to 2 November 2020 and received 1,353 responses on the safety improvements proposal.

73% of submitters supported the proposal with some suggesting further changes.

For a summary of the public feedback and responses to the points raised please download it here.

Download the public feedback report for the St Heliers village safety improvements (PDF 1.5MB, 76 pages).

Consultation outcome

We have listened to all feedback so we are making changes to the proposal after considering the views of the community.

We will proceed with the following safety improvements: two new raised pedestrian crossings, four new marked zebra crossings, rebuilding the intersection by the playground, a widened shared path, a new give way control, a new bus stop, improving the footpath at Vellenoweth Green and no loss of car parking.

Feedback has suggested a number of changes which have been included, these being:

  • Improving access for mobility-impaired by adding ramps beside the mobility parking bays so there is easier access to footpaths.
  • Encourage people biking and walking to share with care.
  • We will add a buffer strip to the shared path to protect people from car doors opening
  • We will add signage to encourage walkers to use the boardwalk, and scooters and bikes to be on the shared path.
  • The roundabout on St Heliers Bay Road will only be raised by 2cm to encourage safer speeds without impeding on larger vehicles manoeuvring. This will encourage safer vehicle speeds around it.
  • St Heliers Tennis club users will have extra signage to warn motorists that children cross the road outside the clubrooms.

Still to come

  • We will undertake a feasibility study of one-way streets in St Heliers, including Turua Street given the large amount of feedback requesting this (172 people).
  • A lot of feedback requested additional pedestrian crossings, traffic calming, and/or speed limits at various places around St Heliers. We will investigate these requests to see if any changes would be beneficial.
  • Any parking related issues around St Heliers village will be considered as part of the parking review that is to be undertaken in 2022-2023.
  • We will review the alignment layout of the new angled parking on Goldie Street.

Next steps

We anticipate the proposed changes will start construction in June 2021 which will be staged and take approximately 6 months to complete. We will be in touch with local residents and business prior to any construction taking place and will work closely with community representatives to make sure traffic and noise are well managed.

A 30km/h speed limit will be introduced into St Heliers village beginning June 2021 as part of our safer speeds programme. These safety improvements will complement the speed limit change and help ensure people adhere to the new limit.

Original proposal - April 2019

We are making changes to roads in St Heliers village in order to improve safety and accessibility for all road users, especially vulnerable road users. Vulnerable road users include children, senior citizens, people on motorbikes, 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. AT is committed to making the roads safer for all road users and these changes will help achieve this.

Within the last 5 years (2013 – 2017) there have been 38 reported crash incidents within the St Heliers village area, which resulted in 8 people being injured. We know many more remain unreported and it is likely much higher in reality.

The project will be partly funded by the regional fuel tax.

Artists impression of Tamaki Drive and St Heliers Bay Road
Caption: Artists impression of Tamaki Drive and St Heliers Bay Road.

Proposed improvements

The improvements proposed include:

  • Thirteen new raised zebra crossings within the town centre. See the below map for specific locations proposed.
  • New zebra crossings on the raised intersection at Tamaki Drive and Cliff Road.
  • A new traffic island with zebra crossings on Tamaki Drive to the west of Goldie Street.
  • Removal of the flush median and widened shared path facilities on Tamaki Drive between The Parade and Vale Road.
  • Removing 40 public car park spaces on and surrounding Tamaki Drive to make room for the new pedestrian crossings. See below map for specific locations proposed.

Learn more about speed calming measures and their benefits.

St Heliers Speed Calming 2.5k-2

Download the map for St Heliers Town Centre safety improvements (PDF 196KB).

Detailed design plans of proposed town centre safety improvements

Proposed location of the village safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:

Timeframe

Construction of the proposed changes is likely to take place during mid to late 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. 

Find out more about why these changes are needed and how we're reducing speed limits.


Public consultation


Feedback closed 30 April 2019.

Public feedback report

Next steps

We will analyse all of the feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. Your local insights will help us make an informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.

We will prepare a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal, which will be published online. If you provided your contact details when giving us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.

We are also advancing a working group to further discuss improvements to the proposal with Ōrākei Local Board, local Councillor, Residents Association, and Business Association representation.

We appreciate your patience while we undertake this process.

Because of the level of interest in this matter AT has undertaken to come back to the community with a revised proposal.

AT may introduce a 30km/h speed limit to St Heliers village in future as part of a wider speed management programme. This would mean in addition to the above changes we would also add ‘30’ surface markings on the road to advise drivers of the reduced limit. Consultation on this proposed new bylaw took place in March 2019. Find out more information about the safer speeds programme.

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