Traffic calming measures in Sandringham are helping to reduce speed

Speed bumps, extra road markings and pedestrian crossings were among measures used to slow people down.
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Speed bumps, extra road markings and pedestrian crossings were among measures used to slow people down.

Traffic measures to slow down central Auckland drivers are working.

The Albert-Eden Local Board implemented traffic calming measures in Sandringham and Balmoral last year after concerns about drivers speeding and "rat running" through side streets to avoid congestion on major roads.

Speed bumps, extra road markings and pedestrian crossings were among measures put in around the area bordered by Dominion Rd, Sandringham Rd, King Edward St and Lambeth Rd.

A traffic count taken in November shows that traffic speeds have dropped since the area became a residential quiet zone.

The average speed on Calgary St was 55.5kmh and this reduced to 40kmh after traffic calming measures were put in place.

On Lambeth Rd the average speed was around 60kmh but has now reduced to 45kmh. St Albans Ave had a significant reduction, dropping from 47kmh to 29.8kmh.

Local board member Graeme Easte says he had expected mixed results from the 10 streets included in the count.

"I was expecting a good reduction on the average speeds but the results have surpassed my expectations," he says.

"It's very reassuring to see results that are far better than we had hoped."

There are now plans to add more traffic calming measures in the area, Easte says.

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"The measures aren't just for the outsiders using the streets but also for the residents themselves," he says.

Albert-Eden Local Board has asked Auckland Transport to put speed bumps along Huntingtree Ave, Vancouver Ave and Columbia Rd.

"We've got a queue of other streets that people have drawn our attention to and will be looked at," Easte says.

What do you think about the traffic calming measures? Email elesha.edmonds@fairfaxmedia.co.nz with your thoughts.

 - Stuff

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