Construction on the Quay Street Cycleway Extension began this week and is expected to be completed in 6 months.
The cycleway extends the existing route along Quay Street from Plumer Street to near The Strand.
It will connect with the future Tamaki Drive cycleway and provides a vital connection to the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive shared path.
This section of Quay Street accommodates a bus lane, parking for buses, 2 traffic lanes, and on-street parking.
To maintain continued use for all these users, the median island in the centre of the road will be narrowed. As a result, 14 pohutukawa trees, planted in 1994, will be relocated as the median will become too narrow to support them. The trees on the seaward side of Quay St are not affected.
One additional tree, will also be relocated from the berm between the existing shared path and the new cycleway. It will make way for the upgraded bus stop east of Plumer St.
Under arborist supervision most trees will be relocated to Teal Park, and the rest within the city centre.
Auckland Transport was granted resource consent to relocate the trees in September 2017 by independent commissioners.
The commissioner decision stated the "removal of these trees will result in a change to the environment. However, the median strip is not planted in its entirety and relies on the avenue of trees to provide a coherent, vegetated appearance. The effects from the loss of the 15 trees is acceptable, especially in the context of the overall enhancement of the amenity of the area through provision of a dedicated cycleway".
Quay Street is a connection to Auckland's city centre, shared by pedestrians, trucks, buses, cars, and bikes. The cycleway extension will complement the different users for the street, keeping Quay Street moving and enabling people to bike in safety.