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Traffic Subcommittee

19 October 2016

 

 

 

File: (16/1210)

 

 

 

 

Report no: TRS2016/5/237

 

Tennyson Street, Petone - Proposed Roundabouts, Associated Give Way Controls, Traffic Island and No Stopping At All Times Restrictions (Copy to: Petone Community Board)

 

Purpose of Report

1.†††††††† The purpose of this report is to seek Councilís approval for the installation of two Roundabouts, the associated Give Way controls, a traffic island and No Stopping At All Times Restrictions in Tennyson Street, Petone as attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

Recommendation

That the Subcommittee recommends that Council approves the installation of two Roundabouts, the associated Give Way controls, a traffic island and No Stopping At All Times Restrictions in Tennyson Street, Petone as shown in Appendix 1 attached to this report.

 

Background

2.†††††††† Council has received a request from a resident of Tennyson Street to improve traffic safety and parking discipline in the area.

3.†††††††† The concerns were that cars sometimes speed in the street, do burn outs/doughnuts in the two intersections.† Also, due to the lack of clear controls at the intersections with the one way section of Tennyson Street, some drivers get confused about priority causing a traffic safety risk.

4.†††††††† The resident also noted that due to the high parking demand during school times, vehicles often park obstructing pedestrian walk-offs and vehicle accesses.

5.†††††††† A report recommending the installation of two roundabouts, associated Give Way Controls and No Stopping At All Times restrictions was considered by the Traffic Subcommittee at its meeting on 20 July 2016, attached as Appendix 3 to the report. The Subcommittee resolved that the item of business be deferred and asked officers to investigate a further option and report back at a future date.

Discussion

6.†††††††† Officers have since discussed options with one of the community representatives and Councillor Lewis and developed a modified roundabout option which includes a traffic island outside No.26 Tennyson Street, attached as Appendix 1 to the report, and a central traffic island outside the Kindergarten at 10 Tennyson Street, attached as Appendix 2 to the report.

7.†††††††† Officers attended a residents meeting organised by the Neigbourhood Watch Group so the new option could be discussed with local residents. It was attended by 15 residents, Councillor Lewis and two Council officers.

8.†††††††† Several of the residents present did not support the proposal and considered that no changes should be made as there were no recorded crashes at either of the intersections and therefore no interventions could be justified.

9.†††††††† The majority of the residents present supported the proposal as it would deter boy racers doing burn outs in the intersections and remove any confusion regarding priority at the intersections to improve safety.

10.†††††† There were mixed opinions about the need for a central traffic island outside the Kindergarten at 10 Tennyson Street. It was agreed that Council would measure speeds at this location, draw up a proposal to install a temporary trial using road marking and hit sticks only, consult the immediately affected properties and if supported install it as a trial. Speeds would be measured again while the trial was in place to evaluate its effectiveness at reducing speeds. Following this, a decision would be made on the need to install a traffic island.

Options

11.†††††† The options are:

-†††† To leave the area as it is and accept that the safety hazards and lack of parking consideration will remain or,

-†††† To install the proposed changes to provide improved road safety and better parking etiquette in the area.

Consultation

12.†††††† The original proposal for two roundabouts (without the traffic island outside No.26 Tennyson Street) was supported by 16 of the 18 replies received from the 37 immediately affected properties consulted (see Appendix 3 attached).

13.†††††† The current proposal is only a minor variation on the original proposal (with the traffic island added outside No.26 Tennyson Street). This proposal was supported by the majority of residents who attended the public meeting.

14.†††††† The temporary trial using road marking and hit sticks instead of a traffic island outside the Kindergarten at No.10 Tennyson Street will only proceed if supported by the immediately affected residents.

15.†††††† At the time of printing the agenda, the Petone Community Board meeting had not been held.† The Boardís resolution will be separately circulated.

Legal Considerations

16.†††††† This restriction is made pursuant to the provisions of the Hutt City Council Traffic Bylaw 2007 (Amended 20 November 2014).

Financial Considerations

17.†††††† These changes can be funded from Councilís 2016/2017 minor safety works budget.

Other Considerations

18.†††††† In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government in that it improves safety for the benefit of all road users. It does this in a way that is cost-effective because it utilises standard road markings, signs, islands and roundabouts to minimise the likelihood of accidents.

Appendices

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Title

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Tennyson Street - Proposed Roundabouts, Associated Give Way Controls and No Stopping At All Times Restrictions

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Tennyson Street #10 - Proposed Central Island

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Previous Report to Traffic Sub Committee 20 July 2016

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Author: Sylvio Leal

Traffic Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed By: Zackary Moodie

Traffic Engineer

 

 

 

Approved By: Lyle Earl

Traffic Assets Manager