Victoria Street Cycleway extension Victoria Street Cycleway extension

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Background

Victoria Street Cycleway is being extended. Currently, the cycleway runs from the bottom of College Hill to Nelson Street. From September this year, it will extend to Federal Street.

At Federal Street, it will connect with a 2-way cycleway being constructed between Federal Street and Albert Park, part of the streetscape upgrades associated with Te Hā Noa and the City Rail Link’s Te Waihorotiu Station.

The extension of Victoria Street Cycleway is an interim solution. The Te Hā Noa project will transform Victoria Street from a multi-lane urban arterial into a tree-lined street with more space for people to walk, cycle and spend time. Eventually, Te Hā Noa will stretch from Victoria Park to Albert Park.

The extension of Victoria Street Cycleway closes a gap between the existing and new sections of cycleway. It will be constructed from materials that are less disruptive to install and can easily be replaced when the time comes for a full street makeover.

Auckland Council is in the exploratory stages of planning for the next stage of Te Hā Noa on Victoria Street, between Federal Street and Hobson Street. AT is working closely with Auckland Council to ensure that the interim and long-term designs are integrated. Construction of this next stage is not expected before 2026.

It makes sense to deliver this connection now, to close a gap in the cycling network and give people the option to cycle along a safe, direct route into midtown.

Artist’s impression looking west on Victoria Street West, from the intersection with Federal Street

Artist’s impression looking west on Victoria Street West, from the intersection with Hobson Street


Planned changes

Download Victoria Street Cycleway extension plans (PDF 3MB)

Cycleway

  • A 3-metre-wide, 2-way cycleway with raised concrete separators is planned on the south (SkyCity) side of Victoria Street West. 
  • The cycleway will have a similar look and feel to Nelson Street Cycleway.

Bus stops

Most east–west AT buses are expected to move to Wellesley Street West, but Victoria Street West will remain a route for tourist buses. It will also be used by AT buses in the short term and when diversions are in place.

  • The existing bus lanes on Victoria Street West will be removed, but the bus stops will remain.
  • Bus stops on the south side of Victoria Street West will be redesigned to accommodate the new cycleway.
  • A new bus stop will replace the existing loading zone on the northern side of Victoria Street West, near the intersection with Federal Street. This loading zone is adjacent to the existing loading zone to be replaced by a bus stop.

Loading zones

  • On the northern side of Victoria Street West, near the intersection with Hobson Street, a new P5 loading zone will replace approximately 3 parking spaces.
  • Auckland Council will consult on this part of Victoria Street West when Te Hā Noa is extended. AT is also assessing loading zone provision within the area.

Barnes Dance trials

A “Barnes Dance” refers to the stopping of all vehicle traffic at an intersection, allowing people to cross the road in every direction, including diagonally. This system is used in many locations around the city, including Queen Street.

  • A Barnes Dance for both pedestrians and cyclists will be trialled at the intersection of Nelson Street and Victoria Street West, and the intersection of Federal Street and Victoria Street West.
  • Trials may start sometime after the delivery of the Victoria Street Cycleway extension, in October or later.

Road resurfacing

Victoria Street West will be resurfaced between Nelson Street and Hobson Street.


Next steps

We’ll consider all feedback and let you know of any resulting changes.

We expect to start construction in September, with work completed by late 2024, in readiness for the opening of the first stage of Te Hā Noa cycleway.

We will focus on maintaining access and minimising our project’s impact. Before any work starts, we’ll be in touch to let our neighbours know what to expect and who to contact if they experience issues.

To find out more about the Council group’s work in midtown and learn more about how we’re supporting neighbouring properties, businesses and residents through the changes, visit ProgressAKL.co.nz/midtown.