Why is change necessary?
Girven Road and Oceanbeach Road are the key access route for commuters and the community to get to and from school, work, local parks, shops, the beach or other places they want to go. Over the past few years, you’ve let us know that getting around safely and easily between Pāpāmoa and the Mount can be challenging, especially at peak times. You’ve told us you want less traffic congestion along this route and improved visibility from driveways on Oceanbeach Road during peak times, to ensure the safety of pedestrians and school children.
A further safety review identified the need to improve the Oceanbeach Road / Girven Road intersection as well as find ways to improve peak hour traffic flow along Oceanbeach Road.
How are we addressing congestion?
Peak hour congestion and off-peak speeding has compromised visibility for pedestrians, cyclists and alternative transport users when accessing the beach and shops. A contributing factor is the number of intersections between Maranui Street, Grenada Street and Oceanbeach Road.
Congestion is compounded by the inefficiency of the Oceanbeach Road to Maranui Street connection via Girven Road. To ease peak traffic flow and provide defined pedestrian crossing points, a roundabout is proposed at Girven Road, providing a more direct connection between Maranui Street and Oceanbeach Road. This will also help reduce speed and create a calmer environment, improving safety for everyone who travels through the area.
How are we addressing safety?
To address visibility issues reducing safety during peak traffic hours, a clearway system is planned along Oceanbeach Road between Golf Road and Girven Road from mid-2024. This will restrict parking on the north-bound side of Oceanbeach Road between 7-9:30am and on the south-bound side from 2:30-6pm, Monday to Friday.
The clearway will be identified by signs installed approximately 100m apart and will be monitored by council traffic wardens.
The additional road space during peak hours will improve visibility and safety entering and exiting of Oceanbeach Road driveways. It also allows more space for cyclists during peak hours, increasing separation of bikes and cars which ensures a safer environment for all road users. Parking will still remain available on one side of Oceanbeach Road at all times.