Auckland Transport (AT) in partnership with St Heliers community representatives is working hard to make key changes to your neighbourhood that will improve the connection between the beach and shops and make it safer to walk, bike, or drive around St Heliers village.
Project status: Construction - last updated May 2021.
Project zone: Central.
Artists impression of St Heliers village improvements.
This safety project will make a big difference to people who visit St Heliers Bay and village area.
We carefully considered the safety problem together, while thinking about what is important to businesses, residents, and visitors to St Heliers. Our proposal is based on evidence including speed data, crash data, pedestrian surveys, and best practice in road safety. It also considers the extensive feedback and comments received from the community on the previous proposal and delivers solutions based on that feedback.
Initially when we held consultations and asked for feedback on safety improvements in St Heliers village we heard feedback that our proposal didn’t reflect what the community wanted. AT 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 our plan with consequently no net loss of car parking and 10 fewer raised crossings.
Our improvements include:
- No net 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 speed limit sign in place by 30 June 2021.
- A new give way control at the Polygon Road/Turua Street intersection.
- Two new raised pedestrian crossings on Tamaki Drive.
- 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.
- 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.
- Under investigation is footpath improvements around the tree roots by the Moreton Bay Fig trees on Tamaki Drive.
We know car parks in St Heliers are in high demand. This proposal has minor car park changes but overall there will be no net loss of car parking.
AT will have a weekly information drop in session in the St Heliers Village library during this construction period for people to visit us as well. We will also put up stages of our construction.
Work phasing diagram
- What is the aim of this project? Why do we need so many raised crossings speed tables and footpath widening?
AT is prioritising this as a safety project in St Heliers given increasing numbers of pedestrians and cyclists in this area navigating the beach, businesses and residential areas.
- Why is the speed changing in this area?
The speed change is part of the speeds bylaw of 2019. The aim is to create safer speeds in town centres/village areas. St Heliers will be changing speed from 50 km/h to 30 km/h on 30 June 2021. Mission Bay is also earmarked for speed changes at the same time.
- Who is working on this project?
The contractor is Fulton Hogan and the overall project is being managed by Auckland Transport
- What hours of work will you be doing?
Most of our works will take place from 7AM-7PM, however for part of the works, our contractor will carry out an extra shift from 7PM-7AM to achieve a shorter construction duration.
- Is there any night work?
Yes, for part of the works, our contractor will carry out an extra shift from 7PM-7AM in order to achieve a shorter construction duration.
- Where will you be working and when?
Please see attached above our work phasing diagram.
- What is the timeframe for construction?
June – October 2021, with the first two weeks of November as a contingency
- Who can I contact for queries?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the council line on 09 3553553. We will also have a drop-in space at the St Heliers library to answer queries about the construction that will be manned during set hours by comms staff and project board signs will be displayed.
- What is being done to minimise impact on locals?
We are working closely with the Orakei Local Board, businesses and resident representatives as per the St Heliers Working Group to carry out this work with the least disruption possible.
- How will I be able to access the shops, medical centre and other key amenities during construction?
Pedestrian access to areas and amenities will be accessible during trading hours. Cyclist paths will be marked, and cyclists may have to dismount.
- Will there still be parks during construction?
Please note that carparking will be limited during our construction phase. We will keep people informed during the different stages of construction where parking won’t be available.
- Where will contractors park during construction?
Our contractor’s staff will endeavour to park in their work zones however in some cases they may utilise a small number of all day on street parking.
- Are you leaving machinery on the site?
Yes. Some machinery will be left on site when necessary, but the site will be safely cordoned off to the public.
- Is there a traffic management in place?
Yes, there is going to be traffic management in place even when the site is unattended. This is a safety precaution. Also, please expect delays when construction is being carried out and plan travel in advance.
- Some construction workers don’t look like they are doing much work. Is this the case?
Everyone working on a site has a specific role to play but that doesn’t mean that they are occupied all the time. For example, complex urban sites have dedicated staff for getting trucks in and out of sites safely but when a truck is not there they are waiting around.
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.
Changing the speed from 50 km/h to 30km/h is part of AT implementing safer speeds around Auckland’s town centres. Roads earmarked for speed changes have been identified under Auckland’s speed bylaw 2019.
Detailed design plans of proposed town centre safety improvements
Proposed location of the village safety improvements, shown in detailed plans:
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 net 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.
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.
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 net 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.
Our proposed safety improvement changes will start being constructed in June 2021 which will be staged and take approximately5-6 months to complete. We will be in touch with 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.
Caption: Artists impression of Tamaki Drive and St Heliers Bay Road.
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.
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 3.4MB).
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.
Feedback closed 30 April 2019.
Public feedback report
- Read the 2019 public feedback report for St Heliers village safety improvements (PDF 943KB, 40 pages).
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.