With Dr Grant Hewison, specialising in local government consultancy and legal services.
RBA Chair Bernie McCrea, RBA CEO Mike Gibson, Local Body advocacy advisor Grant Hewison and Phil Clode of the Rosebank Business Association (“RBA”) met with Stephen Rainbow and Melanie Alexander of Auckland Transport (“AT”) on 8 August 2019.
In opening the meeting, Stephen Rainbow, Stakeholder Engagement Specialist at AT, noted that the Mayor expected AT to build trust and confidence with the community and business stakeholders over 2019/2020. Stephen Rainbow highlighted that working with businesses and business improvement districts (BIDs) to improve relationships was his key immediate task.
Stephen Rainbow is a former senior employee within wider the Auckland Council organisation and has been engaged by AT to give advice on improving relationships with business improvement districts.
Melanie Alexander, who is the Traffic Operations Manager, noted that safety is a key issue for AT as the deaths and serious injuries (DSI) for Auckland is still at very high levels.
Representatives of the RBA pointed out a number of traffic and transport issues in the area.
The representatives for AT said there had been changes in the transport flows with the opening of the Waterview Tunnel and the completion of the SH16/20 works.
The Rosebank area was being monitored and AT does share the concerns of the RBA that there has been an increase of demand during peak traffic periods at Patiki Road. AT is monitoring the situation and is looking at options but is also assessing traffic patterns post Waterview as they ‘settle down’.
The RBA noted that traffic volumes were linked to schools and redevelopments in the area, such as at the Kilpatrick’s site, which would lead to increased traffic volumes.
The Patiki Road On-ramp – Dynamic Laning
The RBA raised concerns about the Patiki Road onramp and the merging of traffic into the motorway. The ramp signals are managed automatically across the network to get optimum flow. While this may give an impression that signal phasing is not working efficiently at Patiki, because they are part of a wider network, the phasing is taking into considerations activity further up and down motorway system.
A current option is to trial dynamic lanes using overhead and in ground signals so that different lanes are used at peak and non-peak times. This has been successfully trailed in Whangaparoa and Patiki Road is high on the list for implementation.
Heavy Vehicle Movements
A particular concern of the RBA was that heavy vehicles were struggling at times to get out into the Rosebank Road corridor across traffic. The RBA was also interested in ways to give priority to freight rather than smaller private vehicles. The representatives from AT said that wider monitoring was occurring for traffic flows in and out of the Rosebank Peninsula.
Rosebank Road Roundabout
Investigations were ongoing concerning the roundabout. While there are constraints (especially with the width of the road), AT is going to look again at how to support a freer flowing southern turn.
AT will soon be building the pedestrian safety improvements along Rosebank Road, including: crossings with tactile pavers, side islands, and pedestrian refuge islands outside the addresses of 607, 519, 437, and 391 Rosebank Road; the relocation of bus stop 8557 (outside 437 Rosebank Road) and the associated bus shelter slightly southwest along Rosebank Road; minor changes to footpaths; alterations to lighting, road markings and signage; and the removal of one tree in order to improve visibility for pedestrians and drivers.
It was noted that as a key arterial, Rosebank will be included in the Connected Communities programme. This aligned with the RBA’s strategy around the ‘Western Gateway’.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Stephen Rainbow offered opportunities for further engagement and his commitment to ensure the concerns would be progressed.