Due to City Rail Link Stage 3 works, we're changing bus service routes that currently use Albert Street between Wellesley Street West and Victoria Street West which includes proposed new bus stop and bus parking locations.
- View a map of the new routes with proposed bus stop and bus parking locations.
- Find out about changes for bus stops and bus parking.
Consultation status: closed 6 November 2017.
Changes between Karangahape Road and Pitt Street
The Western bus services travelling inbound to the city will now travel one more block along Karangahape Road and turn left down Queen Street. To accommodate this, we propose to install a new bus stop along the northern side of Karangahape Road between Pitt Street and Queen Street for passengers who wish to access the business and shops in that part of town.
This change is only intended to remain in place until the disruptions caused by the CRL works have finished and the Western Services can be re-routed again. This is not intended to be a permanent change.
We have been working with the Karangahape Road Cycleway and Public Realm Enhancement project team, which you will have been consulted on separately, to ensure our proposals tie in with the changes they want to roll out next year.
Our proposal includes:
Between Pitt Street and the mid-block crossing by St Kevins Arcade;
- Remove the 14.5m loading zone.
- Remove three on-street parking spaces.
- Remove the 12m taxi stand.
- Install a new 30m bus stop with broken yellow lines at either end, to ensure buses can safely enter and exit the bus stop.
Between the mid-block crossing by St Kevins Arcade and Queen Street;
- Keep the existing loading zone.
- Shift the existing bus stop 6.5m east and reduce its length to 30m.
- Between the existing loading zone and the bus stop install 10.5m of broken yellow lines to make it easier for buses to access the bus stop.
As double decker buses will be travelling along this section of Karangahape Road, it is necessary to install some temporary measures to protect the awnings of adjacent businesses. These measures are only required until the Karangahape Road Cycleway and Street Improvement project is completed.
- Along the kerb in the areas that are not bus stops or loading zones it is proposed to install safe hit posts OR black and yellow rubber cushions.
- We are proposing to install a 1m temporary kerb extension where the bus stops are. This is in the form of what is called a metal chequer plate which will be covered by a grey non- slip surfacing. Before and after images are provided below.
Adjust the traffic lanes slightly on the Karangahape Road approach to the intersection with Queen Street. This is to ensure that the larger buses can turn safely left into Queen Street. These changes will not affect how the road operates it is only the traffic lane widths that are being adjusted.
- Any land development proposals or issues that may affect the proposed bus stop locations.
- Any site-specific safety issues that you think would affect the proposed bus stop changes.
Other issues raised through feedback will be considered where access to the public transport facilities can be enhanced.
Changes to Albert St due to City Rail Link stage 3
Early 2018, as part of the next phase of works on the City Rail Link (CRL), changes will be made to Albert Street between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West.
Albert Street will be reduced to a single through lane in each direction between Victoria Street West and Wellesley Street West. It will not be possible to maintain existing bus stops during this phase of CRL enabling works.
The Western bus services that currently use Albert Street between Wellesley Street West and Victoria Street West need to be relocated.
It is proposed to change the route that these Western bus services enter the central city and provide new bus stop and bus parking facilities, as well as some changes to allow double decker buses to use the route and lane changes to accommodate turning buses.
New bus routes and infrastructure
Currently the majority of the Western bus services come into town along Karangahape Road, turn left down Pitt Street, then travel along Vincent Street and Mayoral Drive before terminating and starting new services on Albert Street between Wellesley Street West and Victoria Street West.
The new routes proposed due to the CRL changes will have all these buses travelling one more block along Karangahape Road and then turning left down Queen Street. The route will then split with some bus services turning left on to Mayoral Drive (affected services: Great North Road 18, Titirangi 195, 171, 171X, 209 and Glen Eden & Ranui 151X) and the remainder continuing along Queen Street and turning left on to Victoria Street West (affected services: Te Atatu 132, 132X, 133, 133X, 134 and Westgate 110,125X,129).
These changes will be effective from January 2018.
More information will be provided at the time to ensure that people know where and when to catch their bus - there will not be any impact on the frequency of services.
Changes to bus stops and bus parking
The central city will need new bus stops and bus parking areas to be installed to cater for the route changes.
Queen Street - both routes
A new 15 metre bus stop will be located outside 371 Queen Street near Myers Park.
Mayoral Drive – between Queen Street to Greys Avenue
A proposed new 45m bus stop on the southern side off Mayoral Drive adjacent to the existing CityLink bus stop. This stop is primarily for people travelling into the city to get off at if they wish to access this part of town.
Mayoral Drive – between Cook Street to Wellesley Street
Changes to the existing bus stop and bus parking arrangements on the western side of Mayoral Drive.
Victoria Street West
A new bus stop will be installed on the southern side of Victoria Street West between Elliot Street and Albert Street to accommodate the re-routed double decker buses. This bus stop is being installed as part of the wider reinstatement City Rail Link works on Victoria Street West and as part of the traffic management plans for the City Rail Link Stage 3 works on Albert Street.
Victoria Street East and Bowen Avenue
There are no changes to the location and length of the existing bus stops. However, it is proposed to change their operation to:
Bowen Avenue – current bus stop is located prior to the intersection with Kitchener Street operates from 3pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday. It is proposed to change this to bus parking which operates from 3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday. Outside of those times the area will fall under the Central City Parking Zone.
Victoria Street East – current bus stop located on the southern side of the road between Kitchener Street and Lorne Street operates from 6am to midnight Monday to Sunday and public holidays. Between midnight and 6am it is a taxi stand. It is proposed to change the bus stop to bus parking which operates from 6am to midnight Monday to Sunday and public holidays. The midnight to 6am taxi stand would be retained.
Consultation status: closed 20 October 2017.
Proposed bus stops and bus parking – Hobson Street
See map for extension of route 2 with associated bus stops and bus parking changes.
To provide additional bus stops and parking, as well as provide bus passengers with the option to access downtown areas, route 2 has been extended with buses travelling further west along Wellesley Street West, turning right into Nelson Street and proceeding all the way down to Fanshawe Street.
The buses will then turn right on to Fanshawe Street and right on to Hobson Street to access the proposed new bus stop and bus parking facilities.
These new routes require a range of bus stop relocations and bus parking, as well as some adjustments to lane markings to accommodate turning buses.
Summary of parking and loading zone changes
|Location||Parking and loading zone changes|
Eastern side of Hobson St between Wolfe St and Swanson St
Lose three on-street parking spaces
Eastern side of Hobson St between Swanson St and Wyndham St
The existing LZ is reduced from 11.5m to 9m
Northern side of Wyndham St
Lose one on-street parking space completely
Changes between Karangahape Road and Pitt Street
We will be undertaking a separate consultation process to discuss the impacts and proposed changes on Karangahape Road between Pitt Street and Queen Street. This is being worked on in conjunction with the Karangahape Road Enhancements Project that is being rolled out next year. We will be consulting on this in October.
To coordinate with the City Rail Link works on Albert Street, the relocations of bus stops and rerouting of the western bus services needs to be in place by early 2018.
Have your say on the proposed changes to bus stops on Queen Street, Mayoral Drive and Victoria Street
Consultation is now closed on this section.
Feedback on proposed changes to bus stops on Queen Street, Mayoral Drive and Victoria Street closed 20 October 2017.
Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.
We will prepare and publish a report on the feedback received and any changes made to the proposal following the feedback period. If you provide your contact details when you give us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.
Have your say on the proposed changes to bus parking and bus stops on Hobson Street
Consultation is now closed on the proposed changes to bus parking and bus stops on Hobson Street. Thank you to everyone who provided feedback.
Have your say on the proposed changes to Karangahape Road
Consultation on the proposed changes to Karangahape Road is now closed.
We will review the feedback received and will be in touch with anyone who gave feedback about any changes to the proposal. We will also publish our responses and an outline of when the changes will be implemented.