Safer Papakura Streets

Speed Management coming to Rosehill 

As part of the $700m investment in Road Safety Auckland Transport is asking for feedback on a suite of road calming measures in Rosehill, Papakura.

From Auckland Transport:

Building for survivable speeds in Rosehill, Papakura

29/10/2018 12:54 p.m.

Streets in Rosehill, Papakura will be made safer for all road users by installing speed-calming measures.

Auckland Transport is seeking feedback on its proposal, which includes installing a number of speed tables, speed humps and raised intersections. These measures will be installed within the area bordered by Chichester Drive, Park Estate Road, Rosehill Drive and Great South Road.

There have been 51 crashes on these streets in the past five years. Six pedestrians and two people on bikes have been hit by vehicles in these crashes.

The project is part of AT’s commitment to reducing death and serious injuries on our roads by 60 percent over the next 10 years. The residential speed management programme is part of AT’s $700 million investment in improving road safety and is part-funded by the Regional Fuel Tax.

Randhir Karma, AT’s Group Manager Network Management and Safety, says the proposed safety measures will improve road safety for everyone.

“We want to make our residential streets safer for everyone, whether they walk, ride bikes or motorcycles, or drive.

“If a person is hit by a vehicle travelling at 50km/h, the risk of death is 80 percent. If they are hit at 30km/h, that risk reduces to 10 percent. We have prioritised Rosehill based on what our analysis of local crash data and vehicle speeds is telling us, the number of community facilities such as schools and parks in the area, and safety concerns from residents,” he says.

Public feedback on the proposal will help to confirm the locations of the traffic calming measures which are expected to be installed in mid-2019. People can provide feedback via AT’s website, until 25 November. They’re also invited attend a public drop-in session being held at the Papakura Library meeting room, at 209 Great South Road, on 14 November between 4pm-7pm.

AT’s proposal to improve safety is supported by Manurewa-Papakura Councillor Sir John Walker, who says protecting people’s safety has to be the main priority on our roads. “It’s hard to argue with the numbers when you see there have been 51 crashes over five years. Investment in measures to reduce those numbers and keep people safe is money well spent.”

Papakura Local Board Chair Brent Catchpole says the local board has advocated for these works for some time following concerns by the community. “These proposed works are long overdue. Local schools and residents have spoken to us on numerous occasions for something to be done so I am pleased to see some plans starting to take shape.” Mr Catchpole encourages people to have their say.

The proposed speed calming measures will also enable the speed limit in the project area to be reduced to 30km/h or 40km/h in the future as part of AT’s speed management programme.

Source: Auckland Transport

The area concerned: 

The Rosehill area to receive speed management measures. Source: Auckland Transport

Continuing from Auckland Transport:

Detailed design plans of proposed speed calming measures

Proposed location of speed calming improvements for your street, shown in detailed plans:

Timeframe

We plan to implement these measures around July 2019. Find out how you can give feedback about these road safety improvements.

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. This project is partly funded by the Regional Fuel Tax.

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

Project updates

29 October 2018

Streets in Rosehill, Papakura will be made safer for all road users by installing speed-calming measures.

Read the media release: Building for survivable speeds in Rosehill, Papakura


Have your say


Before we make these changes, we want 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 will give us a better understanding of the area and help us make improvements.

Feedback closes Sunday 25 November 2018.

Give feedback on the proposed road safety improvements for Rosehill, Papakura

Download the Rosehill, Papakura residential road safety improvements brochure (PDF 813KB).

Come talk to us

Come and meet the project team at our drop in session, discuss the proposed road safety improvements, and provide feedback:

Date: Wednesday 14 November 2018
Time: 4pm to 7pm 
Location: Papakura Library meeting room, 209 Great South Road, Papakura.

After feedback closes

All feedback will be taken into consideration. We will prepare a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal as a result. The report will be published online, if you provided your contact details when giving us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.

Source: Auckland Transport

My initial thoughts were that is a heck load of speed tables in a large residential area. While I understand the need to get our residential streets down to between 30/40km/h does it require that many speed tables to do so? Could kerb build outs to narrow the streets as was done in the former Manukau City Council areas of Papatoetoe and Hill Park also achieve the same result? Could a roundabout or two also achieve the same at some of the more busier intersections? How will any feeder busses cope with the large amount of speed tables and should the 33 Great South Road bus be extended from Papakura to Drury to allow better transit connections especially to Papakura Station?

Lot’s of questions and I hope Auckland Transport can outline the methodology of how they came to this proposal. Of note this proposal has come out of nowhere either, this proposal has come on the back of residents concerns and petitions to the Local Board and Council for few years now, so at least AT have responded. 

A good case-study of Stakeholder Management coming up too! 🙂 

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2 thoughts on “Safer Papakura Streets

  1. “Of note this proposal has come out of nowhere either, this proposal has come on the back of residents concerns and petitions to the Local Board and Council for few years now, so at least AT have responded.”
    Keeping in mind local body elections next year and that at least one team has been actively campaigning for several months now, it’s no wonder that we see a Councillor posting in social media.

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