Residents of Langton Road in Stanmore Bay are petitioning Auckland Transport (AT) for speed bumps or raised intersections to slow traffic and make it safer for pedestrians. They are also seeking traffic calming on Kauri Road.
As well as leading to the beach, Langton and Kauri Roads are used as a shortcut by commuters heading to and from Vipond Road.
Last December, Cori Tipton made a presentation to the Hibiscus and Bays Local Board about safety issues on the road. She has lived there for five years, and says she noticed from day one, the amount of traffic speeding by.
“Some residents told me they’d been complaining about it for more than 20 years,” Tipton says.
Forty-one neighbours signed a petition asking for measures to slow traffic. Tipton shared this with AT and the local board.
AT is in the midst of a plan to reduce harm on roads that includes traffic calming measures and lowering speed limits.
Since mid-2019, AT has lowered speeds on 12 roads on the Hibiscus Coast and changes are proposed for approximately 25 additional roads. Major works such as the Ōrewa Boulevard project are also designed to increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
An AT spokesperson says the focus is on reducing vehicle speeds in areas rather than single streets. Areas are prioritised based on the number of crashes, safety risk, traffic speed, land use and concerns from residents and elected representatives.
Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency figures show that between 2016 and 2021 there were eight crashes on Langton Road resulting in one serious and one minor injury. Incidents not reported to the police are not be represented in these figures.
“AT is aware that Langton Road and Kauri Road are used as a commuter shortcut and that users may be travelling at inappropriate speeds for a residential area,” the spokesperson says. “We have committed to installing more prominent speed signage and have also shared concerns with Police.”
Tipton says she is now following up with AT and the board to see if any action will be taken to make it safe for everyone using the footpath to go to the beach and access
“I’m ready for a fight,” she says. “We don’t want to see any more crashes outside our homes.”