The Transport Design Manual is a set of guides, codes and specifications that are specifically created for the Auckland region based on international best practice and robust common engineering theory.
- Learn about the purpose of the Transport Design Manual.
- Find out the launch and releases for the Transport Design Manual.
Roads and streets represent a large portion of public space in Auckland and cater for a wide variety of users undertaking many different activities.
The Auckland region is comprised of 70% rural area and 30% urban area, with the majority of people living and working in the urban area. The scale and pace of growth in Auckland combined with increasing intensification and the development of Auckland's urban areas and Greenfields is placing increased pressure on an already constrained road and street network and limited road space to deliver quality place and multi-modal transport objectives.
To address this pressure, Auckland Transport along with Auckland Council, has been looking at better ways to plan and manage our roads and streets to better reflect the full range of modes, activities and functions that occur on them.
The Transport Design Manual (TDM) provides the design guidance and engineering requirements for the development and delivery of well-designed transport projects and their operation. The manual draws upon design approaches and practices, which have been successful in many cities and rural areas worldwide.
The TDM has three sections, design principles, engineering standards and specifications. Together, these sections allow end user outcomes, engineering design and construction requirements to be clearly identified and designed. The manual has been created to be a cascaded principle based approach that ensures consistency from strategic planning through to detailed design and construction of the outcomes.
The entire manual sets out:
- The design principles and approaches to designing user outcomes.
- How to apply safe design and safe speed requirements to achieve Vision Zero outcomes.
- Design guidance and key transport catchment for designing liveable, connected neighbourhoods and town centres, particularly in Greenfields.
- How to build a street from basic elements and how intersections should be designed to support this.
- The detailed engineering requirements to design and construct the facilities necessary for the users identified by the Design Guides.
- The construction specifications required to achieve consistent construction outcomes, including the opportunities to utilise recycled, synthetic and manmade products.
The Roads and Streets Framework and Transport Design Manual are complementary documents. Both documents when applied together will provide guidance to internal staff (e.g. Council family project teams), external parties (e.g. Government agencies, consultants and developers) about AT's requirements for the planning, design, construction and management of the road and street network, and the vesting of assets that will be managed by AT.
The TDM is a living document that is continually updated to ensure they are fit for purpose and reflect best practice.
Working together in an integrated approach
The Transport Design Manual brings together the key players in the design, development and improvement of Auckland road and street network so that the strategic and local place and movement functions are balanced and integrated to meet the multiple outcomes sought from them. The early involvement of the Council family of organisations, key partners such as Mana Whenua, NZTA and other stakeholders such as developers and utility companies is critical. The process is deliberately holistic and multi-disciplinary, recognising that no one profession or organisation has all the answers in how to achieve integrated and place-sensitive solutions for roads and streets.
The TDM is for everyone who plays a part in managing, designing, improving or determining the quality of roads and streets in Auckland, including engineers, planners, urban designers, project managers, developers, politicians and users.
Strategic documents such as the Auckland Transport Alignment Project and the Auckland Plan, together with Future Connect feed into the Roads and Streets Framework providing strategic direction. In turn, the Road and Streets Framework provides the vision for streets, guiding the Transport Design Manual as shown in the figure below.
The Transport Design Manual provides the design and technical specification to deliver projects and other improvements that ensure projects are aligned to strategic direction.
The TDM has been soft launched over a period of 4 months to allow the design, engineering and construction industries to familiarise with it, evaluate and provide feedback.
As a result, the following will apply:
- The current Auckland Transport Code of Practice (ATCoP) can not be utilised for new projects, except for areas or content not covered in the TDM such as further developments for existing or consenting subdivision. In these cases the ATCoP must be used.
- Any new subdivisions or private developments must utilise the TDM.
- Feedback can be sent at any time by emailing TransportDesignManual@at.govt.nz
- All feedback received so far and in the future has been and will be evaluated, responded too and if deemed appropriate, incorporated in to the relevant TDM section.
- ATCoP has now legacy status and the TDM is the primary reference for design, engineering and implementation documentation for AT managed assets or assets to be managed by AT.
- Any existing design that was approved or consented using ATCoP will continue to use ATCoP until vested or completed.
- Any Designs that are commenced using ATCoP after the full live date of the TDM will not be accepted by AT.
Section 1: Design guidance
- Download the Urban Street and Road Design Guide (PDF 11.5MB).
- Download the Local Paths Design Guide (PDF 18.7MB).
- Download the Wayfinding and Signs Design Guide (PDF 18.7MB).
- Download the Waitakere Ranges Design Guide (PDF 4.8MB, 13 pages).
Section 2: Detailed technical requirements
Engineering Design Code
Includes minimum standards, considerations and drawings required to undertake accurate and detailed designs based on a component approach for facilities.
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Urban and Rural Roadway Design (PDF 1.6MB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Footpaths and the Public Realm (PDF 2.5MB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Cycling Infrastructure (PDF 2.3MB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Traffic Calming (PDF 971KB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Road Drainage and Surface Water Control (PDF 461KB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Street Lighting (PDF 3.8MB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Parking (PDF 980KB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Public Transport - Rail Infrastructure (PDF 4.3MB).
- Download the Engineering Design Code - Public Transport - Ferry Infrastructure (PDF 1.1MB).
Design Tools to support the various Engineering Design Codes. Coming soon.
Standard Engineering Details
Standard details for common elements such as kerbs, footpaths and drainage devices.
- Download the Geometric Design Standard Engineering Details (PDF 381KB).
- Download the Footpaths Standard Engineering Details (PDF 1.6MB).
- Download the Cycling Standard Engineering Details (PDF 259KB).
- Download the Kerbs and Channels Standard Engineering Details (PDF 501KB).
- Download the Vehicle Crossings Standard Engineering Details (PDF 1.5MB).
- Download the Parking Standard Engineering Details (PDF 729KB).
- Download the Traffic Calming Standard Engineering Details (PDF 658KB).
- Download the Fences Standard Engineering Details (PDF 721KB).
- Download the Road Drainage Standard Engineering Details (PDF 1.4MB).
- Download the Islands Standard Engineering Details (PDF 462KB).
- Download the Signs & Markings Standard Engineering Details (PDF 578KB).
- Download the Structures Standard Engineering Details (PDF 474KB).
- Download the Street Lighting Standard Engineering Details (PDF 153KB).
- Download the Traffic Signals Standard Engineering Details (PDF 72KB).
Section 3: Specifications for Transport Infrastructure
Legacy AT Code of Practice
The AT Code of Practice has been updated to provide a transitional guiding role until the Transport Design Manual is operational.