To voice concerns on behalf of businesses in Rosebank about the traffic congestion at the Patiki onramp, the Rosebank Roundabout and along Rosebank Road during peak hour, RBA Chair Bernie McCrea, CEO Mike Gibson and RBA advisor Grant Hewison met in late 2017 with representatives of Auckland Transport and Whau Local Board Chair, Tracy Mullholland.
The Patiki Road On-ramp
First up, the RBA representatives raised concerns about the Patiki road onramp and the merging of traffic into the motorway.
The representatives for Auckland Transport 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 Auckland Transport does share the concerns of the RBA that there has been an increase of demand during peak traffic periods at Patiki.
Auckland Transport is monitoring the situation and is looking at options, but is also assessing traffic patterns post Waterview as they ‘settle down’.
The ramp signals are managed automatically across the network to have 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 the 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 is currently being trailed in Whangaparoa. Auckland Transport will have insights on how this works by March 2018.
Rosebank Road traffic – post Waterview
Next up were concerns about the apparent increase in traffic going to the Airport using Rosebank Rd to get into Waterview southern tunnel.
The RBA was also interested in what was known by Auckland Transport about the traffic flow across the day. The RBA also noted that traffic volumes were linked to the schools in the area.
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 representatives asked if there was there an opportunity to utilise smaller ride on roundabouts at side street intersections as a way for heavy traffic to get into the traffic flow.
The RBA was also interested in ways to give priority to freight rather than smaller private vehicles.
The representatives from Auckland Transport said that wider monitoring was occurring for traffic flows in and out of the Rosebank Peninsula. Auckland Transport is looking at traffic flow impacts not only at Patiki Rd, but also at the main Rosebank Road roundabout.
Investigations were underway concerning the roundabout. While there are constraints (especially with the width of the road), Auckland Transport is looking at how to support a more free flowing southern turn through remarking and reshaping within current lane corridors going through the roundabout.
Work on the Rosebank Road roundabout is planned by Auckland Transport and likely to occur in the short term, with the aim for works to be undertaken in the 2018/19 work programme.
With regard to issues about access from side streets, while more roundabouts was not a preferred option for these intersections, Auckland Transport was nonetheless looking at the performance of the main Rosebank arterial corridor.
On the issue of prioritising freight, Auckland Transport noted that while no engineering solutions were in the pipeline, perhaps there was an opportunity to educate private car drivers regularly using the route by way of ‘educational signage’ on Rosebank Road.
While RBA Chair Bernie McCrea and CEO Mike Gibson were pleased with the meeting and the actions that came from it, they also insisted that there be a follow-up meeting early in 2018 to look at progressing the transport options and reviewing further information.
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A key aspect of the RBA is to endeavor to manage your wishes and concerns into making viable submissions in the first instance to the Whau Ward local board Annual plan, and then to successfully see them through implementation at a Council Level.
Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, RBA and Ateed representatives met and discussed with intent the productivity and efficient movement of freight and service traffic in, out and through the Rosebank BID area. Naturally increasing this ease of access includes all who work in Rosebank as growing road congestion steming from the Tunnel opening is becoming increasingly frustrating. There are further such meetings planned for 2018 as all agreed they were fruitful and a good means of keeping all interested parties informed.
The major issues bought up during these discussions were:
- The merging of traffic onto the Patiki Road North bound on-ramp making two lanes and incorporating a signal phasing system. Currently some vehicles are just running along the median strip which is not safe, nor legal, and police are aware of this practice. The Waterview tunnel is still in its bedding-down phase as to how it affects contributory roads such as Patiki and whether it has had a substantial bearing on traffic flows throughout the area.
Rosebank and Patiki Road traffic.
- Since the Tunnel opening the north bound traffic flow has increased noticeably as we all attest to more- with added people going to the airport, parents and children increasing the traffic head count as they add to the school traffic. Additional congestion is created by heavy industrial related traffic as they attempt to manoeuvre their loads across the main roads and into our premises . But this activity is transporting the life blood of our many industrial businesses and is actually necessary to do what we need to keep our businesses going.
- The Rosebank /Patiki roundabout is currently being investigated to enable it to support a more free – flowing northern turn and incorporating it with the general peak flow throughout the region by adding an additional lane during peak time traffic. The Transport Authority are aiming for a 2018/19 start on this project.
- They believe that driver education will help the freight problems as longer vehicles and side street roundabouts are not a preferred method of solving main arterial traffic problems.
Workforce Transport Options:
- The train and bus connections are working well from Avondale, but there are challenges with the street configuration at Layard St. We need to help move activity along from further West, particularly the Westgate area.
- There is a 10 year time frame for the Northwestern busway which will have interchanges at Te Atatu and Lincoln Rd, with direct services to Rosebank Rd.
- Within the greater context it is noted that one of the 33 CMPs developed across the region is a plan to widen the Rosebank/ Patiki Rd corridor and given due process it should proceed and receive priority funding. This would also help with the roundabout problems.
A major success this year was resisting Transpower’s demands for extensive regulation of land and buildings in buffer zones around its transmission lines.
Following some well resourced advocacy by Transpower throughout the Unitary Plan process, the Independent Hearings Panel went with Transpower and recommended the buffer zones be increased to a distance of 32 metres each side of the centrelines of the 110kV lines and 37 metres each side of the centrelines of 220kV lines.
However, the Council (largely because of pressure from industrial business groups, including the RBA) rejected these recommendations and reduced the buffer zone to 24m (12m either side of a transmission line centreline).
Transpower then appealed this decision to both the High Court and Environment Court. The RBA together with other industrial business groups argued in both courts for the buffer zone to be limited to 24m and ultimately were successful.
For certain RBA businesses, especially those under the Transpower lines in Timothy Place, the reduction in the size of the buffer zones means far less regulation of their land and buildings than would otherwise have been the case.