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Auckland Transport

Portage Road and Park Avenue improvements

Consultation status: closed 22 August 2016

AT is currently working with Kedgley Intermediate School, Aorere College and Kingsford Primary School to implement a Safer Communities programme.

AT invited feedback on a proposal to upgrade the pedestrian refuge islands on both Portage Road and Park Avenue at their intersections with Buckland Road.

AT conducted traffic surveys in the area and identified a reasonable pedestrian demand to cross Portage Road and Park Avenue at their intersections with Buckland Road. To help ensure pedestrians can cross in a safe manner, the following changes were proposed:

  • Install a new pedestrian refuge island with pram crossings on Portage Road, at its intersection with Buckland Road.
  • Remove the two sub-standard pedestrian refuge islands on Portage Road, and reinstating the grass verge
  • Install a new pedestrian refuge with pram crossings on Park Avenue, at its intersection with Buckland Road. 
  • Upgrade the footpath at the corner on Park Avenue. 
  • Install No Parking At All Times restrictions on Park Avenue, near the intersections to allow visibility and access for pedestrians and drivers approaching the intersection.

View the Portage Road and Park Avenue improvements plan for more details of the proposal (PDF 528KB)

Why the changes are needed

These improvements aim to make the road and footpath environment safe as part of our coordinated plan to develop safer road layouts, promote sustainable travel and ensure ease of passage for those travelling on foot.

As part of these improvements, AT will also upgrade any sub-standard street lighting as and when required. 

AT will consider all feedback received and make a decision on the potential benefits to the wider communities. We will provide you with an update when this decision has been reached.


Thank you everyone for your feedback.

The proposal did not receive any negative feedback from the affected residents/businesses. Therefore, we will progress the proposal to the detail design stage for implementation.

However, we did receive feedback from our internal stakeholders concerning high speeds in the slip lane connecting Portage Road/Buckland Road. Therefore, to address the concerns raised internally, we will install a speed table in the slip lane to reduce operating speeds in the area and to make the pedestrian connectivity through the slip lane safer.

After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the upgrade to the pedestrian refuge island on Portage Road will go ahead with changes but the upgrade to the pedestrian refuge island on Park Avenue will be postponed pending further investigation.

Next stage

We expect to introduce this work by June 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will issue a 48-hour notice to all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.

Further information

If you have any questions relating to this project, please contact us on (09) 448 7265 between 8:30am and 5:00pm.