Installation of Pedestrian Refuge

Reported in the Road/highway category by Glen Snelgar at 12:43, Thu 15 February 2018

Sent to Auckland Transport 21 min later.

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I would like to request a pedestrian refuge be installed near to the bus stop on 24 Redoubt Road to protect the significant number of school children who use this stop. It can be a raised concrete refuge, or a temporary refuge can be constructed from steel wire ropes. Serious consideration needs to be given to installing a pedestrian crossing in this location. I have observed at least 100 students using this stop on a daily basis. This bus stop provides access to Howick schools (e.g. Howick College) and South Auckland schools (e.g. Manurewa High School). As such it is a major transport hub for several public transport routes, and school bus routes. Yet there are no traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, road furniture, or traffic calming devices. Students need to cross 3 lanes of traffic without even a flush median to protect them. It would be prudent to change the dual carriage lanes to a single lane between Hollyford Drive and Diorella Drive, and paint a flush median to separate opposing traffic. The eastbound traffic currently uses a single lane of traffic. Most of the westbound traffic uses the outer-most lane, but several vehicles use the extra lane to speed down the hill and conduct dangerous over-taking manoeuvres. It would also be prudent to restrict westbound traffic from turning right into Diorella Drive. That would give you space to install a pedestrian refuge in this location. This residential area can be accessed from Hollyford Drive, and there are no bus routes or commercial traffic turning right into Diorella Drive. On the other hand, there is a lot of traffic (including buses) turning right out of Diorella Drive and into Redoubt Road. Right turning traffic can't see westbound traffic coming over the hill, so it would be better to restrict westbound traffic to one lane (eastbound traffic only has one lane) to make turning easier here. I appreciate that any solution will need to be temporary, because this whole area is zoned for a State Highway. However, they have been planning that upgrade for 10 years, and it is likely to be another 10 years before construction starts. These school kids could go through the entirety of their compulsory schooling running this dangerous gauntlet every day. Do we need to wait for some to get killed before any changes are made? Please send someone to 22 Redoubt Road to survey the best location for a pedestrian refuge.

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