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Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead - Transit Lane Birkenhead Avenue, Birkenhead - Transit Lane

Proposal status: closed 4 April 2019. Last updated 19 August 2019

Reference number: NOP1819-013

We've proposed changes in your area

In March 2019, we proposed a new 400 metre southbound T3 lane operating from 6:30am to 10am, Monday to Friday on Birkenhead Avenue between Recreation Drive and Onewa Road in Birkenhead.

In addition, we proposed a new signalised mid-block pedestrian crossing on Birkenhead Avenue located north of Waratah Street. This would replace the existing pedestrian refuge island further to the north. The layout of lanes leading to the Onewa Road intersection would also be altered to support the T3 lane. Broken Yellow Lines parking restrictions would be painted along the western kerb as there would no longer be enough space on the road to accommodate on-street parking.

Download the proposal drawings for Birkenhead Avenue:

Why the changes are needed

The proposed T3 lane is expected to improve the flow of city-bound traffic down Birkenhead Avenue by adding another southbound lane which will be kept free of parked cars during the morning peak. These changes will be most effective for buses as well as cars with 3 or more occupants. This is particularly important given Birkenhead Avenue is a key arterial route used by commuters and several bus routes to reach the city centre.

The proposed signalised pedestrian crossing is needed to improve safety for people crossing Birkenhead Avenue to access the bus stops in this location as well as the various amenities located down Recreation Drive.

Proposal Update

Our proposal received a range of feedback that highlighted how important journeys along Birkenhead Avenue and the intersection with Onewa Road are to the local community. We thank everyone for sending us feedback. We aim to publish an overview of community feedback and the outcome of the proposal on this webpage in the following months.