Auckland Transport removes raised pedestrian crossing on Hayr Rd after installing it for $460,000

  • 02/02/2024
The raised pedestrian crossing on Hayr Rd, Te Tātua a Riukiuta (Three Kings).
The raised pedestrian crossing on Hayr Rd, Te Tātua a Riukiuta (Three Kings). Photo credit: Google.

Auckland Transport (AT) is removing a central suburb pedestrian crossing after spending $460,000 installing it less than two years ago. 

Roadworks on Hayr Rd, including the raised crossing in Te Tātua/Three Kings, were completed last May. 

It was meant to last decades but workers started to dig up the crossing last week. It's unknown how much removal and a replacement will cost. 

AT chief executive Dean Kimpton said the agency would review upcoming safety projects to make sure they're affordable and practical. 

"We are very aware of concerns that the cost of delivering these safety improvements has been too high in the past, and too disruptive to our roading network." 

Kimpton said AT wouldn't compromise on safety. 

"We have been clear that we will continue to implement measures that save lives and reduce injury, including raised crossings," he said. "We will also prioritise safety projects where there is strong community and local board support and clear evidence that we can reduce harm." 

Tāmaki Makaurau has had lots of new pedestrian crossings installed in recent years. 

AT has spent $6m on 12 traffic-light crossings, the NZ Herald reported, but didn't specify over what timeframe. Fifteen more are in the works.