The Council adopted the Paneke Pōneke (Bike Network Plan) in March 2022, which sets out the Council’s approach to create a safe, connected and high-quality network of routes for biking and scooting. Box Hill Road and Burma Road were identified as the primary streets in this plan. Therefore, the investigation of options for future proofs of Paneke Poneke was undertaken.
The project team is currently investigating the feasibility and affordability of the proposed options with the consideration of future bike lanes.
Revised next steps and timelines:
- Develop a concept design and gain updated cost estimate to understand affordability - September to October 2023
- Carry out a road safety audit and review to ensure this option is feasible - November 2023
- Engagement with residents on the concept design - November to December 2023
As a result of our engagement with the community we are now also investigating the feasibility of fully signalising the intersection. This was an option discounted due to the cost but has since been re-evaluated. We will therefore be engaging with the community when this option has been further developed.
We also now have confirmation that Wellington City Council and KiwiRail have agreed a way to keep the footpath alongside the railway open and usable by pedestrians. We will be working on the footpath soon to carry out these works.
Kiwirail track upgrade
We were advised by Kiwirail of their plan to upgrade a section of track near the level crossing at Khandallah Station. As part of the upgrade, Kiwirail are proposing to permanently close the parallel footpath to meet current rail safety requirements.
At a community meeting on 20 April, Kiwirail and Wellington City Council agreed to work together to investigate safe solutions to retain the footpath.
This means the design phase of the Box Hill intersection works will be delayed until the investigation is complete. Our main concern with a potential footpath closure is that more pedestrians will use the intersection and we’ll need to include this eventuality in our design.
We are working on the feasibility and detailed design as well as a safety audit and review of traffic signals at the intersection.
In September 2019 a Petition was presented to the City Strategy Committee highlighting safety concerns at the Burma Road, Box Hill, Station Road and Baroda Street intersection in Khandallah.
In July 2020 we sought feedback from the public on safety improvements through an online survey, that was sent out to key stakeholders and the Khandallah community.
We had a good response with more than 580 respondents answering the survey. There were 448 respondents who live near the intersection.
Box Hill survey results (280KB PDF)
The feedback was used to develop a range of options and criteria for a preferred option.
In December 2020 we invited the Khandallah community to a presentation which was attended by 35 members of the community. The presentation highlighted the decision-making process on creating a long list of options to a preferred option of a signalised pedestrian crossing. Council is now considering this option and conducting a safety audit and review.
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