Historically a thoroughfare, the area surrounding the Parton Road/Tara Road roundabout is transforming, with more shops and a growing number of people living nearby. More people on the move on foot or by bike is adding to existing issues with speed and people (often school children) crossing the road.
To improve safety for people walking or cycling, and school children in the area, we have installed signalised, shared crossings on all four roads entering the roundabout. This will help create a calmer, safer environment for all road users.
Construction is now complete, and as soon as tests for the electrical set up are run and approved by PowerCo, the lights will be activated. We urge people to take extra care in the area until the lights are operational.
- People crossing at the roundabout should give way to vehicles. Digital signs in the area will remind motorists to drive with care.
- We also ask people to be courteous when using the sections of shared paths at the roundabout. Additional line marking and signage to remind people to ‘share with care’ is yet to be installed.
We are looking forward to delivering the completed safety improvements and appreciate your continued patience with this work.
The new raised crossings at Te Okuroa Drive.
What has been done
As part of this project, four signalised shared crossings with centre islands were installed on all four legs of the roundabout; Tara Road, Parton Road North and South and Te Okuroa Drive. The work also included:
- Relocating the Tara Road bus stop and adding a new bus shelter
- Installing CCTV cameras
- Installing drainage, new kerbs and channels
- Installing traffic islands, footpaths and cycle ramps
- Landscaping, adding low-level planting.
What does this mean for commuters?
When not in use, the new raised shared crossings will slow traffic down which increases safety in the approach of the roundabout. Once lights are activated, traffic will stop for thirty seconds at a time, allowing pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely. These changes provide safer travel options for everyone, including people walking, cycling and school children in the area. We anticipate a minute or two will be added to drivers’ overall journey time at times.
For people cycling, scootering, busing or walking to work or school via the area, this should help you get to where you’re going more safely.
Parton Road roundabout plans (1.35mb pdf)
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