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Building for survivable speeds in Papakura

Published: 29 October 2018

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

Auckland Transport (AT) 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.

Improving road safety

The project is part of AT's commitment to reducing death and serious injuries on our roads by 60 per cent 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 per cent. If they are hit at 30km/h, that risk reduces to 10 per cent. 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.

Have your say

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 online until 25 November at at.govt.nz.

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," he says.

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.