Learn about our current transport improvement projects.
Find out more about this project to improve traffic flows, and pedestrian and cycle safety, along Kenepuru Drive and surrounding streets, plus read the latest updates on our dedicated Kenepuru Corridor webpage
New school signs encourage safer driving
New electronic signs are being installed at 14 Porirua schools to support the safety of tamariki and their whānau.
The bilingual Kura/School signs flash amber beacons during school start and finish times to alert road users to the presence of school children.
Each school will have two electronic signs, one on each key approach to the schools.
The 14 schools to initially receive signs were prioritised based on the safety risks affecting them and the intention is to eventually roll out these signs for all 35 schools across Porirua.
The lights on the signs flash in the mornings and afternoons when school is starting and finishing. This helps to emphasis to drivers that pedestrians are more likely to be crossing the road at this time
Other safety improvements happening as part of Council’s School Safety & Pedestrian Crossing Project includes the installation of eight raised pedestrian crossing points and better signage near schools, mainly around Cannons Creek.
The locations of these crossings have been determined on a case-by-case basis after engaging with schools and following Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency guidelines.
The School Safety & Pedestrian Crossing Project aims to further reduce harm from occurring on our roads.
The schools to receive the electronic Kura/School signs are:
Waka Kotahi has set all Council's the goal of improving safety around schools.
Our aim with this programme is to slow traffic and improve safe access to the schools for all school users.
It is being complemented by a review of speed limits around Porirua schools, with 40 per cent to be delivered by 2024. Take a look at our Speed Management Plan.
Want to know more? Email our road safety team
Constructing a permanent roundabout
We're looking at constructing a permanent roundabout at James Cook Drive/Discovery Drive intersection.
This follows the successful trial of a temporary roundabout at this location, which was completed in October 2021.
The changes at this intersection were made prior to Transmission Gully (TG) opening, in consultation with local residents and the residents association in anticipation of:
With uncertainty as to what the new traffic volumes would actually be, a temporary roundabout was put in place to trial a design. Now that TG is open we’re able to monitor traffic flows and make any necessary adjustments to the intersection design before making it permanent.
This is required for a number of reasons:
This image shows the temporary roundabout
Roundabout preferred option
In 2020 we ran public consultation around a number of improvement options, with the favoured option, a roundabout, being supported by the majority of those who gave feedback.
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) modelling estimates that 5000 vehicles are expected to use the intersection daily once Transmission Gully opens. This is up from around 4500 vehicles currently. Further modelling suggests that by 2031 the number of vehicles using the intersection each day could rise to 6000.
Just two non-injury crashes have been reported at or near the intersection in the past 10 years
Following the opening of Transmission Gully and the Whitby link road, traffic modelling has projected that a roundabout will operate well during the morning peak period with only minor delays during the evening peak period
Looking forward to 2031 it is projected that a roundabout will operate well during peak periods with only minor delays expected on the James Cook Drive southern approach during the evening peak period. Early cost estimates for this project were between $250,000 and $300,000
Balances traffic flows evenly on all approaches during peak periods.
We’re preparing to introduce a range of cost effective, road safety improvements on some of our high risk intersections to minimise the risk of death and serious injury.
These intersections have been identified by analysis of crash records, local knowledge and resident feedback.
The intention is to trial some temporary interventions such as build-outs to narrow down sections of road to slow traffic, new road markings, new improved signage, and reconfigured crossing points.
Directly affected property owners will be engaged as part of the process.
The temporary changes will be monitored and made permanent if successful and modified or removed if not.
The highest priority intersections currently being considered for this work are:
Design work is well underway and construction is currently planned to start in late 2023.
We’ve installed staggered barriers on a number of the city's walkways in a bid to stop them being used unsafely, and illegally, as shortcuts by motorbike riders.
This work follows a study of our road to road walkways to identify where staggered barriers are most needed.
These barriers are intended to deter motorbikes or at least make these routes less desirable, while continuing to allow access for pedestrians, wheelchairs, and mobility scooter users. Cyclists will be able to walk a standard bike through these connections.
The highest priority locations have been brought to our attention by residents as well as other agencies such as the Police and Metlink.
We will continue to assess other walkways around the city and collate ongoing feedback to determine where barriers are required.
Some of the walkways the staggered barriers have so far been recently installed on include between:
Porirua is experiencing and planning for additional considerable growth.
Annual residential growth is over twice the historical average, and there are major investments in the region such as the Eastern Porirua Regeneration Project, Porirua Adventure Park, Kenepuru Landing, Plimmerton Farms etc.
This growth, and the completion of major projects such as Transmission Gully will increase the pressure on our roading and transport network.
Porirua City Council (Council) has undertaken significant long-term planning with a Growth Strategy 2018 to 2048 and a Long-Term Infrastructure Strategy 2018 to 2038.
To accompany these and Council’s other planning initiatives, this procurement strategy outlines how Council will plan and procure the delivery of projects and services to support the transport network.
Download the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency endorsed Porirua City Council Transport Procurement Strategy (1 November 2022)”
Download the Porirua City Council Procurement Policy