Waitemata Local Board Transport Projects

Every year Local Boards negotiate an annual agreement with the Governing Body (the Councillors and Mayor) that forms part of the Annual Plan and sets out the Board’s budget and service levels. A section of the annual agreement also includes the advocacy projects the Local Board is seeking Council Controlled Organisations like Auckland Transport, Watercare and Waterfront Auckland to deliver.

The Waitemata Local Board has a detailed list of advocacy areas to Auckland Transport for delivery as part of the Board’s 13/14 Annual Agreement. Auckland Transport reports quarterly at our monthly business meeting on our advocacy projects (next report due 13 August 2013).

Waitemata Local Board Transport advocacy areas to Auckland Transport

 cycle lane Lower Domain Drive1.     Cycle infrastructure

Auckland Transport to consult with Local Boards  on the development of the Cycling Business Plan and the routes and priorities of the Auckland Cycle Network

a) Auckland Transport to improve cycle infrastructure through the completion and extension of the Auckland Cycle Network with safe, connected, dedicated cycleways.

  • Carlton Gore Road  (painted bike lanes currently planned)
  • Beach Road, linking with the Grafton Gully Cycleway and  with Tamaki Drive and Parnell Station
  • Wellesley St connection to Auckland Domain under Symonds St overbridge and on-road connection to the NZTA funded / constructed Grafton Gully Cycleway.
  • Parnell to the City Centre walk/cycleway, through the new underpass south of the Parnell Train Station
  • Nelson & Hobson Street (with separated two-way cycleways, as described in the City Centre Masterplan)

b) Auckland Transport to prioritise for upgrade, in the 2013/2014 financial year, all routes currently identified as “complete” on the Auckland Cycle Network within the Waitemata Local Board area but are not of a safe standard.

2. Traffic calming

a) Auckland Transport and the Board to work together on identifying traffic calming measures for the shopping areas in Parnell, Ponsonby, Karangahape Road and Richmond Road to support 40 km/h zones. This would include for example, raised crossings, raised intersections and kerb build-outs to narrow the road.

b)  Auckland Transport to extend the  trial of a slow speed zone in a residential area.

c)  Auckland Transport to implement the city centre 30km/h speed zone (as described in the City Centre Masterplan).

3.     Cycle safety

Auckland Transport to prioritise the installation of advance cycle stop boxes with feeder lanes including in the following locations:

i)             Williamson Avenue northeast coming onto Ponsonby Road

ii)            College Hill Road westbound coming onto Ponsonby Road

iii)           Tamaki Drive, westbound at The Strand

iv)           St Stephen’s Avenue westbound coming onto Parnell Road

v)            Karangahape Road eastbound at Symonds Street, onto the Grafton Bridge

vi)           Great North Road eastbound coming on to Karangahape Road.

4. Pedestrian safety

Auckland Transport to improve intersections for pedestrians with substantial foot traffic and develop solutions to improve safety and mobility for pedestrians. This includes:

  • All intersections with left–turn slip lanes and no pedestrian facility
  • Intersections with long pedestrian crossing delays.

Auckland Transport to advocate for a change of the give way rule requiring motorists to give way to pedestrians at intersections.

5. Richmond Road Safety Plan 

Auckland Transport to complete the implementation of  the  safety improvement action plan during the 2013-2014 financial year, in conjunction with Auckland Council for the shopping areas and school zones of Richmond Road, concentrating on the following elements:

  • Pedestrian and cycle safety
  • Traffic calming and slower speeds
  • Urban design.

6.      Franklin Road upgrade

Auckland Transport to undertake the planned upgrade of Franklin Road to provide for safe and continuous walking and cycling pathways from Ponsonby Road to Victoria Park including continuous pedestrian facilities (i.e. an unbroken footpath on both sides of the road) across all side streets, driveways and intersections (for example by installing raised tables).

7.     Newmarket traffic management plan

Develop a traffic management plan for Newmarket to make traffic flow in a way that is logical and supports public transport, walking and cycling and economic development. This would include consideration of parking, arterial infrastructure, motorway access and signage.

8.     Residential parking zone

Auckland Transport to implement the residential parking zone scheme to manage commuter parking in central Auckland suburbs.

9.     Auckland Domain traffic management

Auckland Transport to improve walking and cycling access to and around the Domain, while discouraging commuter parking use of the Domain through:

i)             Implementation of a parking scheme for the Domain that works to discourage commuter parking (e.g. through pricing)

ii)            Improving walking and cycling options

Contribute to the development of a Masterplan for the Domain (to be led by Auckland Council).

10.  Newmarket street  upgrade

Auckland Transport to work with Auckland Council to investigate an upgrade for the western part of Teed St), York Street and Kent Street  (the Eastern part of Teed St and Osborne Street having been completed in 2010.

11.  Sky path

Auckland Transport to progress the Auckland Harbour pathway project (the SkyPath) for delivery in 13/14.

12.  Footpaths

a)     Auckland Transport to prioritise the 2013/2014 footpath renewal programme in conjunction with the Waitemata Local Board

b)     Auckland Transport to create an agreed public consultation framework for the footpath renewal programme.

1Waitemata Greenways3. Greenways

Auckland Transport to fund and deliver the on-road components of the Waitemata Local Board greenways project prioritised for 2013/2014.

14.  Auckland Transport to set the three year programme of works in collaboration with the Waitemata Local Board with regards to footpaths, road safety initiatives, cycleways, parking, greenways.

15.  Auckland Transport to support other Waitemata Local Board agreement priorities including:

  • Support the introduction of low impact storm water solutions in the Local Board area
  • Support delivery of green walls, roofs and community gardens on Auckland Transport assets e.g. car park buildings
  • Support drinking water fountains in the street environment
  •  Support development of the Ponsonby Road master plan
  • Wayfinding signage for pedestrians