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Komiti Iti Ara Waka

Traffic Subcommittee

 

 

25 August 2022

 

 

Order Paper for the meeting to be held in the

Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road, Lower Hutt,

on:

 

 

Thursday 1 September 2022 commencing at 2.00pm

The meeting will be livestreamed on Council’s Facebook page. Members of the public wishing to speak to an item on the agenda are asked to contact democraticservicesteam@huttcity.govt.nz

 

 

Membership

 

 

Cr B Dyer (Chair)

Cr G Barratt

Cr J Briggs (Deputy Chair)

Cr K Brown

Cr A Mitchell

Cr N Shaw

 

 

 

Cr D Hislop (Alternate)

Deputy Mayor Lewis (Alternate)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the dates and times of Council Meetings please visit www.huttcity.govt.nz

 

Have your say

You can speak under public comment to items on the agenda to the Mayor and Councillors at this meeting. Please let us know by noon the working day before the meeting. You can do this by emailing DemocraticServicesTeam@huttcity.govt.nz or calling the Democratic Services Team on 04 570 6666 | 0800 HUTT CITY

 

 

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TRAFFIC SUBCOMMITTEE
Membership:	6
Alternates:	3
Quorum:	Half of the members
Meeting Cycle:	The Traffic Subcommittee will meet on an eight weekly basis or as required.
	Chair and Deputy Chair positions to rotate 18 months into each triennium, i.e. as at 30 April in the year prior to the next local authority election.
Reports to:	Council

 

PURPOSE:

The Traffic Subcommittee has primary responsibility for considering and making recommendations to Council on traffic matters and considering any traffic matters referred to it by Council.

For the avoidance of doubt, “traffic” includes parking, and excludes temporary road closures under clause 11(e) of the Tenth Schedule of the LGA 1974 and the Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1965.

TERMS OF REFERENCE:

The Traffic Subcommittee has authority to:

§   Do all things necessary to hear, consider and make recommendations to Council on any traffic related matter.

§   Regulate its own processes and proceedings to achieve its purpose and objective.

§   Provide options for the consideration of Council.

The Chair will have authority to refer any traffic matter to:

§   A Community Board; or

§   The Infrastructure & Regulatory Committee; or

§   Council.

DELEGATED AUTHORITY:

The Traffic Subcommittee will have delegated authority to carry out activities within its terms of reference.

 

    


                                                                                       1                                                01 September 2022

HUTT CITY COUNCIL

 

Komiti Iti Ara Waka | Traffic Subcommittee

 

Meeting to be held in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor, 30 Laings Road,

Lower Hutt on

 Thursday 1 September 2022 commencing at 2.00pm.

 

ORDER PAPER

 

Public Business

 

 

1.              OPENING FORMALITIES – KARAKIA TIMATANGA

Whakataka te hau ki te uru

Whakataka te hau ki te tonga

Kia mākinakina ki uta

Kia mātaratara ki tai

E hī ake ana te atakura

He tio, he huka, he hau hū

Tīhei mauri ora.

Cease the winds from the west
Cease the winds from the south
Let the breeze blow over the land
Let the breeze blow over the ocean
Let the red-tipped dawn come with a sharpened air. 
A touch of frost, a promise of a glorious day.

 

2.       APOLOGIES

3.       PUBLIC COMMENT

Generally up to 30 minutes is set aside for public comment (three minutes per speaker on items appearing on the agenda). Speakers may be asked questions on the matters they raise.

4.       CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATIONS

Members are reminded of the need to be vigilant to stand aside from decision making when a conflict arises between their role as a member and any private or other external interest they might have.

5.       Recommendations to  TE KAUNIHERA O TE AWA KAIRANGI | COUNCIL - 4 OCTOBER 2022

a)      Grounsell Crescent Traffic Management - Proposed Speed Cushions (22/1846)

Report No. TSC2022/4/167 by the Traffic Engineer                                      5

Chair’s Recommendation:

“That the recommendations contained in the report be endorsed”

 

 

b)      Ad Hoc Bus Stops Configuration Review (22/1919)

Report No. TSC2022/4/168 by the Traffic Engineer                                    26

Chair’s Recommendation:

“That the recommendations contained in the report be endorsed”

6.       Information Item

          Traffic Subcommittee Forward Programme 2022 (22/2003)

Report No. TSC2022/4/151 by the Democracy Advisor                              37

Chair’s Recommendation:

“That the recommendation contained in the memorandum be endorsed”    

7.       QUESTIONS

With reference to section 32 of Standing Orders, before putting a question a member shall endeavour to obtain the information. Questions shall be concise and in writing and handed to the Chair prior to the commencement of the meeting.

 

 

8.       CLOSING FORMALITIES - KARAKIA WHAKAMUTUNGA

Unuhia!

Unuhia!

Unuhia i te uru-tapu-nui

Kia wātea, kia māmā

Te ngākau, te tinana, te wairua i te ara takatū

Koia rā e Rongo whakairihia ake ki runga

Kia wātea, kia wātea!

Ae rā, kua wātea!

Hau, pai mārire.

 

Release us from the supreme sacredness of our tasks

To be clear and free in heart, body and soul in our continuing journey

Oh Rongo, raise these words up high

so that we be cleansed and be free,

Yes indeed, we are free!

Good and peaceful

 

Katherine Davey

DEMOCRACY ADVISOR


 

 

 

 

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25 August 2022

 

 

 

File: (22/2151)

 

 

 

 

Report no: TSC2022/4/177

 

Groundsell Crescent Traffic Management-Proposed Speed Cushions

 

Purpose of Report

1.    To seek the Subcommittee’s approval for installation of two sets of speed cushions on Grounsell Crescent.

Recommendations

That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

(1)   receives and notes this report; and

(2)   approves the implementation of up to two sets of the proposed speed cushions on Grounsell Crescent under 2.2(b)(xi) of the Traffic Bylaw attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

For the reasons of reducing the likelihood of unnecessary speeding, improving safety for all street users, encouraging sustainable travel mode choices (ie cyclists and pedestrians), reducing traffic volumes, especially heavy vehicles, and providing an improved streetscape amenity.

 

 

Background

2.    Members of the local community have raised concerns in relation to vehicle operating speeds and anti-social driving behaviour which have resulted in safety issues on Grounsell Crescent.

3.    ‘Traffic calming’ measures are proposed to be implemented following the raised concerns from the residents in the area

4.    The installation of the speed cushions is expected to:

a)    Reduce the likelihood of unnecessary speeding,

b)    improving safety for all street users, encouraging sustainable travel mode choices (ie cyclists and pedestrians),

c)    reducing traffic volumes, especially heavy vehicles, and

d)    providing an improved streetscape amenity.

5.   The Grounsell Crescent Traffic Management design was completed and optimised for both maximising benefits to the community and minimising the level of compromise experienced by residents.

6.   There have been eight crashes in the vicinity of Grounsell Crescent over the last 10 years, of which three caused injuries.

7.   Council has received six speed humps requests from residents in the past two years due to safety concerns.

8.   The following diagram illustrates the proposed Grounsell Crescent speed cushion locations.

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9.   The posted limit on Grounsell Crescent is 50kmph. Keeping in view the number of concerns received about the speeding drivers on Grounsell Crescent and the safe and appropriate speed of 40kmph suggested on Waka Kotahi Mega Maps website, it has been suggested by officers that the speed management measures are required at this location.

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Discussion

10.  Officers have investigated the speed and historical crash data with the evidence confirming that ‘traffic calming’ measures are required in the Grounsell Crescent residential area from a network wide approach.

11. The consultation letter and detailed locations and designs for the proposed speed cushions are shown in Appendix 1 to the report.

Options

12. The options include:

a)    approve two sets of the proposed speed cushions as recommended in Appendix 1;

b)    reject selected speed cushions if there are any significant concerns;

c)    provide comments to the Council to assist in their decision regarding the proposed speed cushions.

Climate Change Impact and Considerations

13. The speed cushions will improve the safety for pedestrians and cyclists, this will essentially encourage sustainable travel mode choices and will cause a positive mode shift towards cycling, walking and public transport.

Consultation

14. Officers have engaged with the following key stakeholders and communities:

a)      Local schools and Belmont Resident Association

b)      Residents of Grounsell Crescent and Park Road

a)      Emergency services: Police, Fire, Ambulance

b)      Waste Management

c)       Metlink (buses)

 

15. To gather feedback from the community on the specific locations of speed treatments, the following public consultation channels were used:

a)    Digital online platform: the proposed treatments and proposed location with visuals and maps were displayed on the BTT (Bang the Table) page and Facebook posts. One larger map and several smaller graphics with specific addresses were captioned to show in more detail which residents are closest to each treatment.

b)    A letter-drop to houses on Grounsell Cres (approximately 25 houses)

c)    A letter to local schools News in order to gain wider area awareness

d)    Promoted publicly by a social media post on HCC Facebook page

e)    Email address for further comments or questions: the haveyoursay@huttcity.govt.nz email address was shared in the landing page of the BTT site and people were invited to contact Council with any other questions or comments.

16.  Public consultation was undertaken between April and July 2022.

17.  Consultation Results: the overall consultation and comments results are analysed and summarised below.

a.    366 visits to the engagement website

b.    72% of feedback in supporting the change

c.     There are number of suggestions from the community as below.

i.        the slip road should be closed

ii.       More pedestrian crossings should be installed on the road as well

iii.      the speed cushions should go on the slip road

18.  Responses to Feedback: for the 28% of feedback who raised concerns, these were reviewed and grouped into specific categories, and responses were prepared to address the concerns raised in that feedback. The detailed responses are presented in Appendix 2 to the report and the key themes are listed below:

a.    Slowing down traffic

i.     It is estimated that every speed cushion will likely delay the average driver by only 10 seconds.

ii.    Considering the safety for the community, the slight delay in travel time is acceptable.

b.  Not effective

i.     The design is proven to be effective with minimal impact on day-to-day users by the recent implementation of similar speed cushions on Taita Drive, near Ricoh Sport Centre.

c.       Impact on Emergency / Bus

i.     The specific cushion is designed to have minimal impact on buses, emergency vehicles and cyclists.

ii.    This is also verified by the recent implementation of similar speed cushions on Taita Drive, near Ricoh Sport Centre.

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d.      Impact on Driveway Access

i.     All commented locations / designs have been reviewed.

19. Further possible safety interventions on SH2 could be considered and investigated with Waka Kotahi's SH2 safety improvement programme. Council officers will work closely with Waka Kotahi regarding to these opportunities such as northbound on ramp slip lane review and intersection safety review at Grounsell Crescent/ SH2.

Legal Considerations

20. The speed cushions are proposed to be installed as traffic calming measures for local area traffic management by Council resolution under 2.2(b)(xi) of the Traffic Bylaw and they are dealt with within the Traffic Control Devices Rule.

Financial Considerations

21.  These proposed speed cushions will be funded from Council’s Low-Cost Low-Risk Programme and co-funded by Waka Kotahi.

Appendices

No.

Title

Page

1

Groundsell Crescent Traffic Management Consultation Letter and Maps

12

2

Groundsell Crescent Engagement Summary

15

    

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Ravi Soni

Traffic Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed By: Bob Hu

Traffic Engineering Manager

 

 

 

Approved By: Jon Kingsbury

Head of Transport

 


Attachment 1

Groundsell Crescent Traffic Management Consultation Letter and Maps

 

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Attachment 2

Groundsell Crescent Engagement Summary

 

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                                                                                       1                                                01 September 2022

Traffic Subcommittee

05 August 2022

 

 

 

File: (22/1919)

 

 

 

 

Report no: TSC2022/4/168

 

Ad Hoc Bus Stops Configuration Review

 

Purpose of Report

1.    The purpose of this report is to seek the Subcommittee’s approval of changes being proposed to local bus stops, to improve safety and accessibility in line with Waka Kotahi’s ‘Guidelines for Public Transport Infrastructure and Facilities’.

 

Recommendations

That the Subcommittee recommends that Council:

 

(1)   notes and receives the report;

(2)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 8168 (Waiwhetu Road, Waiwhetu) as attached as Appendix 1 to the report;

(3)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 8283 (Rata Street, Naenae) as attached as Appendix 2 to the report;

(4)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 8731 (Seaview Road, Seaview) as attached as Appendix 3 to the report;

(5)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 8732 (Seaview Road, Seaview) as attached as Appendix 4 to the report;

(6)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 9111 (Victoria Street, Alicetown) as attached as Appendix 5 to the report; and

(7)   approves the proposed changes on Bus Stop 9214 (Major Drive, Kelson) as attached in Appendix 6 to the report.

For the reasons that the proposed bus stop layout changes will ensure that the bus box is of sufficient length to accommodate buses; no stopping restrictions will prevent other vehicles from blocking full access to the bus stop; and passengers will be able to board and alight safely and easily.

 

Background

2.    Greater Wellington Regional Council’s (GWRC) Te Mahere Waka Whenua Tūmatanui o te Rohe o Pōneke (Wellington Regional Public Transport Plan 2021 - 2031) has outlined three strategic focus areas:

a)  Mode shift;

b)  Decarbonise public transport vehicle fleet; and

c)  Improve customer experience.

3.    As part of improving the customer experience, GWRC has committed to prioritising the safety and maintenance of the public transport network to encourage safe behaviour. The associated key measure is a 40% reduction in serious injuries on the public transport network by 2030 which can be achieved by prioritising safety through continuous improvement to both infrastructure and operations.

4.    It is required that all the bus stops be reviewed for local authorities to ensure the minimum standards are met.

5.    As part of GWRC’s Bus Stop Review programme, GWRC officers have been working collaboratively with HCC officers on improvements to all bus stops within the Lower Hutt Area.

Discussion                                              

6.    Appendix 7 to the report summarises the recorded public consultation comments as well as the review comments from GWRC and HCC officers.

7.    Bus stops #8168, #8283, #8731 and #8732 received no negative comments and therefore further review is not applicable for these bus stops.

8.    Bus stop #9111 received one or more negative comments have been revisited by engineers from both GWRC and HCC. After being reassessed, it was determined there would be no changes to these bus stops.

9.    Bus stop # 9214 has had changes made to address/minimise issues raised at the previous Committee meeting by members of the public.

Options

10.  The options include:

a)  approves the proposed changes to the bus stops as they appear in points 6 to 9;

b)  reject the proposed changes to these bus stops as they appear in points 6 to 9; and/or

c)  provide comment to Council to assist in its decision regarding the proposed changes to these bus stops as they appear in points 6 to 9.

11.  Officers recommend options a. and c. as the proposed changes go toward achieving the goals of the Regional Public Transport Plan.

Climate Change Impact and Considerations

12.  The matters addressed in this report have been considered in accordance with the process set out in Council’s Climate Change Considerations Guide.

13.  Transport infrastructure and facilities that provide good access, safety and personal security at all stages of the journey, particularly for people with impairments will help to remove barriers to the use of public transport.  The more barriers removed by Council will make the choice to use public transport easier and will support moves to reduce car dependency and therefore the corresponding carbon emissions.

14.  The decision will not increase greenhouse gas emissions and will not be affected by a changing climate. There are no opportunities in this decision to reduce emissions or build resilience.

Consultation

15.  GWRC undertook consultation with all affected residents within proximity of the bus stops.

16.  Consultation occurred during May and June 2022.

Legal Considerations

17.  The proposed changes in restrictions are made pursuant to the provisions of the Hutt City Council Traffic Bylaw 2017

Financial Considerations

18.  These changes can be and will be funded from Council’s 2022/23 transport budgets.

Appendices

No.

Title

Page

1

Appendix 1 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8168 Waiwhetu Road

30

2

Appendix 2 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8283 Rata St, Naenae

31

3

Appendix 3 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8731 Seaview Road

32

4

Appendix 4 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8732 Seaview Road

33

5

Appendix 5 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 9111 Victoria St.  Alicetown

34

6

Appendix 6 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 9214 Major Dr, Kelson

35

7

Appendix 7 - Consultation

36

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Ravi Soni

Traffic Engineer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed By: Bob Hu

Traffic Engineering Manager

 

 

 

Approved By: Jon Kingsbury

Head of Transport

 


Attachment 1

Appendix 1 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8168 Waiwhetu Road

 

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Appendix 2 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8283 Rata St, Naenae

 

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Appendix 3 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8731 Seaview Road

 

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Appendix 4 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 8732 Seaview Road

 

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Appendix 5 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 9111 Victoria St.  Alicetown

 


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Appendix 6 - Proposed Changes for Bus Stop # 9214 Major Dr, Kelson

 

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Appendix 7 - Consultation

 


                                                                                       1                                                01 September 2022

Traffic Subcommittee

09 August 2022

 

 

 

File: (22/2003)

 

 

 

 

Report no: TSC2022/4/151

 

Traffic Subcommittee Forward Programme 2022

 

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

That the Subcommittee receives and notes the Forward Programme for 2022 attached as Appendix 1 to the memorandum.

Purpose of Memorandum

1.  To provide the Traffic Subcommittee (the subcommittee) with a forward programme of work planned for the subcommittee for 2022.

Background

2.  The Terms of Reference for the subcommittee requires the subcommittee to consider and make recommendations to Council on traffic matters and considering any traffic matters referred to it by Council.

3.  The forward programme for 2022 provides a planning tool for both members and officers to co-ordinate programmes of work for the year.  The forward programme is attached as Appendix 1 to the memorandum.

Forward Programme

 

4.    The forward programme is a working document and is subject to change on a regular basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Appendices

No.

Title

Page

1

Traffic Subcommittee Forward Programme

39

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Katherine Davey

Democracy Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reviewed By: Kate Glanville

Senior Democracy Advisor

 

 

 

Approved By: Kathryn Stannard

Head of Democratic Services

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Attachment 1

Traffic Subcommittee Forward Programme

 

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