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ROAD SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

Summary of Input from Community
December 2016-Feb 2017


The Greater Green Island Community Network has gathered this information
through the following consultation processes:


· Three public meetings held in November 2016
· One meeting with the Green Island Business Association
· Consultation with the local public at Green Island Market Day Dec 2016
and the Brighton Gala Day January 2017.
· Consultation through the Greater Green Island Community Network
Facebook page that has 1200 locals who follow our page.
· In our local Newsletter, in the Star Newspaper and in the Taieri Times
· We offered for people to phone, email or visit us re their ideas and
concerns.
· Through approaching various businesses and education providers,
which are located in close proximity to Main South Road.
We found that most of the community members were in agreeance, with small
variations on ideas on how to make improvements.

The ‘Letter of Support’ (attached) was available to community members so that
each could have their individual say. We have received over sixty completed
forms, signed and dated, which you are welcome to view.
The following list is a summary of what we heard the community would like
actioned. The community’s priority is road / pedestrian safety, although
beautification is appreciated where possible. In an ideal world the community
would like a similar approach to the development of the South Dunedin
business area, provided car parking is retained.

1. Main South Road / Abbotsford Road / Off-ramp (from Motorway heading
North)

Issues identified:
This intersection is very dangerous. Cars at the stop sign situated at the motorway
off ramp (from Mosgiel) have to wait for very long periods. They have to give way to
traffic coming from three other directions before they can get out (particularly if
turning right into Green Island).  Visibility is less than ideal, due to the curving Main Road towards Fairfield. The driver has to turn their head more than 45deg to the left to sight any oncoming traffic.  Many motorists avoid this intersection due to frustration and safety concerns.
Community members have advised us, that they turn off the motorway at Fairfield
and come through Sunnyvale to avoid the intersection. This in turn makes it even
more difficult for the traffic to get off the off ramp.  The traffic flow in this area is rapidly increasing due to housing development in this part of Dunedin. There has been a vast increase in housing in Fairfield, Abbotsford, Waldronville, Brighton, and Ocean View with various developments over recent years. The traffic layout needs to be redesigned to cater for the increase in traffic flows. Quote: ‘How many accidents will it take to get it changed?’ – Local Resident

Preferred improvement:
The most popular suggestion was for a roundabout to be installed at the intersection,
making it safer and more useable. A few community members suggested the motorway off ramp should be relocated further towards Sunnyvale, but this would obviously cost a lot more.
It was suggested that any layout be trialled with the use of sand bags to ensure that
is it going to work for all users. Expert advice (Trevor Lewis aka Mr Roundabout) has suggested that the roundabout be as large as possible. Similar to the Roundabout at the back of the Stadium in town, if space allows. Preference is to have no curbing at right angles on the
roundabout, to ensure large vehicles can get around (flat similar to at Bays Junction).
It has been suggested that if Roundabouts go in there needs to be some education /
raised awareness regarding the use of Roundabouts. It has also been suggested
that there is media education as well as a school newsletter drop. The Greater
Green Island Community Network can assist with this. Quote: ‘Round Abouts at Commercial Hotel T junction, Green Island Southern and Green Island Northern off ramps should be 1st priority before a major accident occurs Not After’ - Local Resident

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC is in talks with the NZTA
on having a roundabout at this intersection. The DCC want to have three round
abouts installed but do it in conjuction with NZTA at one time, reducing the amount of
disruption of traffic over an extended period. DCC will hear by March 2017 whether
NZTA has the funding for their part.

 

2. Commercial Intersection – Brighton Road / Main South Road
Issues identified:
This intersection is not satisfactory and the vast majority of community members
would like to see a Roundabout here. Possibly in a format that would allow any
turning traffic not to hold up traffic going straight though Main South road to Brighton.
There is a lot of pressure on this intersection at certain times of the day. The
intersection causes a backup on to the off ramp at Westland Street. Many drivers
also avoid this intersection and come off the motorway at the Burnside off ramp,
which can put pressure on this intersection, but more importantly means that a lot of
traffic is going through Green Island unnecessarily including trucks heading to the
dump etc. This is making the main street less safe for Pedestrians.
As above the traffic flow in this area is rapidly increasing due to housing
development in this part of Dunedin.  It has been reported to the network that commercial vehicles/trucks are travelling through the business and pedestrian area of Main South Road, rather than using the two difficult intersections to gain access and exit from the motorway. This puts pressure on our roads and is a danger to our pedestrians. Quote: ‘We have had our fence hit and witnessed many near misses’ – Mulford Holdings Ltd


Preferred improvement:
Community members have suggested a roundabout with two lanes to allow traffic
from Green Island to continue along Brighton Road without needing to stop (if traffic
flows and priorities dictate that it is needed). We are aware that heavy vehicles use this intersection, so again would like to see the round about to be as large as possible with no curbing at right angles. The community believes that more trucks and heavy vehicles will use the improved intersections with roundabouts, keeping them away from high pedestrian areas in
Main South Road shopping area, benefiting all.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC have a plan drafted up
for this to happen. One lane roundabout. As above, the DCC is in talks with the
NZTA on having a roundabout at this intersection. The DCC want to have three
round abouts installed but do it in conjunction with NZTA at one time, reducing the
amount of disruption of traffic over an extended period. DCC will hear by March
2017 whether NZTA has the funding for their part.

 

3. Speed of Traffic on Main Street – Traffic Calming

Issues identified:
Speed of traffic on Main South road. There is interest in seeing the traffic slowed
down through the business and pedestrian area of Main Street of Green Island.

Preferred improvements: 
The installation of raised, coloured pedestrian crossings on the main street.
Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC would like to have more
consultation from truck drivers, buses and residents of Main South Road around this.
Community Workers will undertake this asap. Raised crossings are louder when
trucks/buses drive over and can cause buildings to shake/crack. Posted 20 letters to
the residents in Main South Road with two responses via phone saying they support
raised crossings, due to a high number of near misses they have witnessed.
Emailed and visited truck companies with letter. Also emailed the Green Island Business Association re the raised crossings and service trucks. Have not heard back thus far.
Signs informing drivers that they are entering a pedestrian area and/or the narrowing
of the road as vehicles are coming into the pedestrian area (from Church Street to
the just before St Peter Chanel School). Some people are not in favour of the
narrowing of the road, but a majority of community members agreed they want
raised crossings and pedestrian signage.


Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC supportive Hjarne
Poulsen will contact Urban Design Peter Christos re having a welcome to Green
Island sign with reminder of pedestrian area.
Perhaps if this doesn’t achieve the desired result reducing the speed limit could be
looked at in the future. Reducing speed limit to 30 / 40km.


4. Crossings

Issues identified:

Speed of vehicles, use of the main road for commercial vehicles (trucks, skips,
heavy vehicles), position of pedestrian crossings not in high user pedestrian sites
due to change in businesses in Green Island. Danger for local pedestrians.

Preferred improvements:

The community would like all crossings on the main street to be raised and coloured
a bright colour, to help provide traffic calming. In a similar way to South Dunedin
with plantings etc. to provide beautification (although a reduction in car parking is not
wanted). Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: See above comments.

A majority of community members we talked with agree that:  A new crossing should be installed to be lined with new ORC Bus “Superstop” and walkway through to Abbotsford (by Freshchoice).  Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC agreed and will action
this.

It is also agreed that the removal for Crossing by old Moyles / Flex Fitness. This is
no longer required.  Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC suggested keeping all crossings to slow traffic down and make it more pedestrian friendly. Some of these
crossing could be crossing points, where traffic has the choice to stop or not.

Community members considered that the crossing to the south of the Commercial
Corner should be removed. It is thought that the only people that use it are people
going to the dog park. They could cross further down without issue.  Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: This would be removed when the roundabout is installed.

The Crossing close to the Westpac bank would remain in the same position, but to
make it safer the gate at the DCC car park should be moved. The gate currently lines
up with the pedestrian crossing, but people rush out without stopping to look for cars,
if the gate was moved to the left, pedestrians would have to turn right out of the gate,
then go to the pedestrian crossing, giving drivers more chance to see them.
Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC will action the moving of
the gate asap.  Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: The ORC will look into
installing a glazed bus shelter, which allows more visibility. This will be in around 24
months time. No further seating will be installed.


The following points need more consultation by the DCC as not all community
members are in agreeance:
- Some community members believed the crossing outside St Peter Chanel
School should be removed. St Peter Chanel School have reported that this
would not be good for their pupils, who use the crossing. The crossing is
currently used by children getting off the bus at the commercial tavern, but
some community members think they could get off the bus a stop later and
cross at the new crossing by Freshchoice.  Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC suggested keeping all crossings to slow traffic down and make it more pedestrian friendly. Some of these crossing could be crossing points, where traffic has the choice to stop or
not.

Jack Rutherford, Community Member and Advocate recorded the amount of traffic using the pedestrian crossing - this can be viewed by contacting 4700814. 


5. Off-ramp for Brighton / Green Island on Westland Street

Issues identified:  
There is concern with the speed of traffic coming down Westland Street (off ramp
from motorway heading south) and also how the traffic builds up at peak times. It is
also difficult to turn right off Westland Street towards Abbotsford and Sunnyvale.


Preferred improvements:
Some people have asked for a roundabout at this point but most consider that if the
intersection by the Commercial works better it will mean that the problem of traffic
backing up will be minimised.  It was suggested that perhaps the lanes for left and right turning traffic could be lengthened to further reduce congestion (i.e. left turning cars being stuck behind right turning cars). It was also noted that better signage is needed to ensure that people
don’t turn up Westland Street to get access to the Motorway.  If it was considered that a roundabout here would be beneficial and functional it would be appreciated but it is not as high a priority as the two above.  It has been pointed out that when turning right out of Westland Street that it is very difficult to assess whether vehicles coming onto Main South Road from Brighton Road are turning left onto the Motorway or going straight ahead. It was suggested
that there could perhaps be two lanes, one dedicated to left turning traffic so that it
was clear which way traffic is going but this may not be functional if a roundabout it
put in.  Any changes in Westland Street road layout need to be take into consideration
residents and Childcare centre (Crackerjax) access and street parking. 


Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: As above, the DCC is in talks
with the NZTA on having a roundabout at this intersection. The DCC want to have
three round abouts installed but do it in conjunction with NZTA at one time, reducing
the amount of disruption of traffic over an extended period. DCC will hear by March
2017 whether NZTA has the funding for their part.


6. Concord pedestrian Safety

Issues identified:
There is concern that it is very difficult and dangerous for pedestrian’s (especially
School aged children) to gain access from Concord / Green Island to Kaikorai Valley
Road. The footpath disappears before the bridge and although we are aware that
there is a walkway on the other side of the road it is not deemed safe to cross at this
point due to the volume, speed and limited visibility of vehicles at this point.
Quote: ‘I often walk this way with a pram and it is a nightmare, a blind corner and
cars often speed around it, or I can't see them coming off the motor way off ramp, I
agree with including it in your plan!’ – Local Resident

Preferred Improvements:
It has been suggested that there is an overbridge for pedestrians in this area. At the
very least some improvements need to be made to increase pedestrian safety.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC were unaware of this
safety problem and will be looking into it asap.

 

7. Intersection of Church St and Main South Road

Issues Identified:
There have been a couple of accidents at this intersection recently. It is considered
that the sign on the corner of the island needs to be reduced in size or relocated as it
is currently interfering with the line of vision. (noted that this has been done and has
made a vast improvement). This intersection is considered dangerous by many but
we could not come up with any solution to improve it.  There is some concern with the speed of Traffic on Church Street.

Preferred Improvements:
The sign on the green island has been removed which is a vast improvement, thank
you.  Someone suggested that perhaps the traffic coming down Church Street should give
way/stop, giving priority to Shand Street Traffic.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC have a plan drafted up
for a stop sign at the bottom of Church Street, allowing the Shand Street traffic right
of way.

 

8. Howden Street / Shand Street


Issues Identified:
With the New Freshchoice location, traffic is currently directed down Shand Street or
through the Freshchoice carpark. This is putting pressure on Shand Street,
especially during School pick-ups and drop offs.

Preferred improvements:
There was some discussion as to whether Howden Street should become two way
street. There was no consensus on this but it was considered by most to be too
narrow to become two way.  It is considered by some that even if the carparks were removed on both sides that it would still be too narrow.  Someone suggested that perhaps Shand, Jenkin and Howden Streets could be one way (opposite to they are now) It was also pointed out that if it was two way it would be difficult to turn right out of Howden Street due to visibility.
The intersection at Howden Street and Shand Street is less than ideal but no
consensus was made as to how to improve it. There is concern with buses using
these streets as they are narrow and not designed for large vehicles.
It is considered that the corners of the intersection of Jenkins Street and Shand
Street need to be cut back allow for the fact that buses are using that intersection.
It would be beneficial to provide some traffic slowing measures down Shand Street.
It is also considered that there could be angled carparks Shand St along where the
current playground is. This area is hugely unused.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: Howden street to be left as is.
The intersection of Howden Street /Shand street, DCC has a plan to bring corner
curbs out further to slow traffic and to install a pedestrian safety median.

 

9. Green Island School Road Safety – Howden Street

Issues identified:
There is concern for Children’s safety when crossing at Green Island School. Speed
of traffic and visibility at peak times ie. School pick up and drop offs.
There is also concern with children crossing on Shand Street below Green Island
School.

Preferred Improvements:
The suggestion has been made for two traffic calming mounds on Howden Street
one outside Kindergarten / School and one in lower part below Mure Street.
A crossing point on Shand Street would also be beneficial but no consensus was
made as to the format or position of this.
Quote ‘The Children have to play dodgems crossing here. It is an accident waiting to
happen’ - Local Resident


Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: Howden street to be left as is.
The intersection of Howden street/Shand street, DCC has a plan to bring corner
curbs out further to slow traffic and to install a pedestrian safety median.
Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: ORC would encourage one
side of Howden street was parking only. Buses to be trialled from Concord to
Abbotsford, these buses will not need to go down Howden or Jenkin Street.

 

10. Jenkins Street

Issues identified:
Buses are utilising these narrow streets that are not designed for heavy vehicles.
Some elderly people have trouble crossing Jenkins Street and there have been a
few falls in the area.

Preferred Improvements:

It is considered that the corners of the intersection of Jenkins Street and Shand
Street need to be cut back to allow for the fact that buses are using that intersection.
This includes the removal of some vegetation to improve visibility.
If there are any changes to traffic in Jenkins Street, it is very important to the Green
Island Wellness Centre that at least one of the 10 minute parks remain for elderly /
less able clients.


Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC made us aware that
cutting back the intersection corners would encourage an increase of traffic speed.
This will not be followed up. Hjarne Poulson will talk to the contractors around the
vegetation being maintained.
Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: ORC would not object to this
street being one way towards the main street.

 

11. Bus Stops

Issues identified:
No bus shelter or seat outside the Memorial Garden bus stop. Local businesses and
community members report that the bus hub was to be installed by July 2015. The
lack of a seat and shelter for bus patrons is unacceptable to the community.
Bus stop opposite Freshchoice beside Agnes Café has taken away car parking for
customers and affected the businesses with losses reported. A lack of shelter for
the teenagers and children in the mornings is also an issue.

Preferred Improvements:
There is an urgent need for a temporary bus shelter and seat at the bus stop outside
of Memorial Garden until the Superstop is built.
Quote ‘This should have been done by ORC in the last 18 months since new service
started’– Local Resident
The ORC Super bus stop is planned to be located outside Fresh choice / corner of
Memorial Garden. This will replace the bus stop at the Memorial Gardens, seats and
a toilet would be the best option for the community. This will be a high use area with
the buses and addition of the proposed playground behind.
Bus stop heading north needs to be moved north slightly (tree to be removed) to
avoid loss of business and loss of car parking for Agnes Café and shops south of
Agnes. More seating and shelter is required for the youth.
“The current bus stop is woefully inadequate during school term there can be up to
30-40 children and passengers waiting in cold wet weather – there is only a 4 seat
shelter there at the moment” - Local Resident
There was one suggestion to put the bus hub in Shand Street in the location of the
existing park. We can see some logic to this but aren’t sure if it would work in both
directions. It would also put pressure on the Church Street intersection as well as
meaning more buses going down Shand Street. The advantage would be that it
would remove the bus stops from the main street making more parks and safety of
pedestrians would be increased.
Quote: ‘I would like to see old bus routes returned. Most people shop in South
Dunedin’ – Local Resident

Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: ORC reported that if the
Superstop is not installed outside Freshchoice by June/July 2017 then they will
install a temporary bus shelter and seat. The bus stop will not have a toilet but the
ORC said it would be a good idea if the DCC can install one there.
ORC will be removing the tree in front of the current bus stop heading north and will
be moving the bus stop north away from Agnes Café and Shops. They have
approval from the resident of the property that the stop will be in front of.
ORC will not be moving the bus stops to Shand street, due to visibility and access for
community members.

 

12. DCC Carpark

Issues Identified:
There are currently long term users parking in the DCC carpark (such as workers
from Milton and Dunedin who car share to work). This makes it difficult for locals to
park.

Preferred Improvements:
The DCC parking could be limited to 2-4 hours to ensure parking is available. It was
considered that the long term vehicles be directed elsewhere such as Sunnyvale.
Parking Signage to direct people to the DCC Carpark would be beneficial. Some
members of the public are not aware the car park is there.
If more parking is required, some diagonal parking could be put along Shand Street
where the current playground is. This area is currently largely unused.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC does not have an issue
with these changes. They would need to do some consultation (likely through
posters in the carpark).

13. Parking Generally

Issues Identified:
The car parking limits in the area were generally considered to be about right.

Preferred Improvements:
The only areas which could benefit from change would be the parking outside the
memorial gardens and possibly outside of the bowling club.
The parking outside of the memorial gardens is all day parking at present, not good
for turnover of cars for businesses. This was suggested to be changed to 2-4 hour
parking to help the businesses. The parking will also be in high demand when the
new playground is developed in Memorial Gardens.
The parking outside of the bowling club is currently 60min but it is considered that
perhaps this doesn’t require a limit due to elderly users.
The general feeling was that the parking limits are of little use without being
enforced. We certainly don’t want to see parking metres in Green Island but would
appreciate some regular parking enforcement.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: DCC traffic team will talk to the parking
team to have regular “policing” times in Green Island. Listened to the ideas from the
community around parking times.


14. Pedestrians at Main South Road from Fairfield and Abbotsford
It was felt that there needs to be better guidance for Pedestrians to use the footpath
on the South side of the road (from Sunnyvale). It is thought that perhaps guard rails
could be used to direct people to use the footpath on Westland Street and down the
walkway beside the Commercial carpark. The footpath on the North side of the
footpath leads nowhere so the preference is to lead people to use the other side of
the road.

Feedback at meeting with DCC on 23 January 2017: If roundabouts are installed,
there will be a pedestrian median point on roads to help with crossing.

 

15. Roundabout at Burnside off Ramp
This intersection is congested at peak times but is not generally a problem area. It
was generally felt that if the Main South Road / Brighton Road intersection is
improved less traffic would use this intersection as currently a lot of traffic comes off
the Burnside exit simply to avoid the Commercial intersection.
Nothing needed at present to follow up on.


16. Bus service
- Members of the public are still very insistent to have the Green Island /
Concord / South Dunedin Route re-instated.
- There is concern regarding the speed that buses are travelling along Exmouth
Street in Abbotsford (especially near Exeter Street). The buses travelling
along Exmouth Street apparently cause vibrations which is a not only a
nuisance but may be causing structural damage to some properties. The
buses also have to run up onto the curbs of the footpaths due to small streets,
this is a danger for pedestrians.
- The cost of the bus from Abbotsford to Green Island has been mentioned to
our organisation, elderly people said they couldn’t afford the price for the
small trip.
Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: ORC are addressing the
issue on Exmouth Street, there is a dip in the road, maybe a drain issue, causing the
bus to “jump” and make vibrations. They have informed DCC of this. They have also
asked the drivers to reduce speed.
In terms of price of bus from Abbotsford to G.I, if people use their GoCard they will
get a free transfer into town. We need to encourage people to use Go Card. Elderly
at off peak times will be free. Costs more with cash.
ORC also advised that the bus shelter outside the GI Bowls club will be relocated
slightly because of visibility issues.

 


17. Other Issues in area
The below are issues that have been raised which are not within the central Green
Island area:
- 80km sign going out of Green Island towards Waldronville on the left is not
visible
- When turning right onto Wavy Knowes Drive, it has been suggested that there
needs to be a proper turning lane and no parking lines on Brighton road to
allow straight through traffic to pass safely.
- Friendship Drive – Provide pull over zone on left side to get left turning traffic
off main route to south.
- A few members of the public have mentioned that some of the streets are too
narrow specifically in Green Island and Abbotsford. Some consider that some
streets need to be changed to only allow parking on one side.
- Bus service
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- Members of the public are still very keen to have the Green Island / Concord / South
Dunedin Route re instated.
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- There is concern regarding the speed that buses are travelling along Exmouth Street in
Abbotsford (especially near Exeter Street). The buses travelling along Exmouth Street
apparently cause vibrations which is a not only a nuisance but may be causing
structural damage to some properties.
Feedback at meeting with ORC on 13 February 2017: A targeted consultation
process will happen this month via a letter drop in regards to the Brighton bus
continuing to Concord to reinstate the link between Green Island and
Concord. This will be at off peak times 9.30-3pm, if successful then will be
extended. The wider public will also have an opportunity to have their say.


- To conclude, we have appreciated your collaboration with the Greater Green
Island Community Network and are grateful that you are listening to the
communities’ voice. We look forward seeing some progress in due course and
are happy to assist in this process if we can help any further.

Kind regards,

 

Leanne Stenhouse and Amanda Reid on behalf of
The Greater Green Island Community Network.
www.greatergreenisland.nz

 

Greater Green Island Road Safety Improvements
LETTER OF SUPPORT
I_______________________ of __________________________
Support the following improvements
Signature ___________________ Date ______________
Please Initial each item that you support and comment as necessary
1. A round about or similar improvements at the Commercial intersection (Main South
Road)
Comments………………………………………………………………………………….
2. Revision of Road Layout at South Motorway Brighton Green Island off-ramp
Comments…………………………………………………………………………………
3. Revision of Road layout at Off Ramp from Fairfield/Abbotsford
Comments...........................................................................................................................
4. The relocation of the Super Bus Stop from slightly north away from Agnes
Comments...........................................................................................................................
5. Slowing of Traffic through Green Island (Shand Street, Main South Road)
Comments...........................................................................................................................
6. The review of Pedestrian Crossings locations (6a –addition, 6r- remove)
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Comments............................................................................................................................
7. Howden Street becoming 2 way
Comments...........................................................................................................................
8. A bus shelter being erected at the Super stop (south) by Memorial Gardens
Comments………………………………………………………………………………
9. Safety improvements outside Green Island School
Comments........................................................................................................................
10. Parking time limits need changed.
Comments……………………………………………………………………………….
11. Vision of cars needs improved at the intersection of Church Street and Main
South Road
Comments………………………………………………………………………………….
12. Off ramp at Burnside
Comments………………………………………………………………………………….
13. On ramp at Burnside
Comments………………………………………………………………………………….
Any other comments
Please return to the Green Island Police Station Mon-Thursday 9am-3pm or to Green Island
School. Or send via post to the Greater Green Island Network, PO Box 374, Dunedin
9054Phone 4700814 or email [email protected] or [email protected]