Karangahape Road (K Road) is a joint project with Auckland Council that aims to preserve the road's unique character, while creating a street environment that supports the local community and meets the needs of a growing population.
Project status: Design.
Project zone: Central.
K Road is a colourful hub and popular destination, with a flourishing residential and business community. Thousands of people walk along K Road every day and it is one of the busiest cycle routes in Auckland. By 2018, there will be 63 buses travelling between Ponsonby Road and Pitt Street every hour (during peak times).
Things are only going to get busier, with the completion of the City Rail Link in 2024 (K Road will have a new station on Mercury Lane), and a potential light rail station on upper Queen Street bringing large numbers of people to the area.
We want to make K Road a more attractive place for businesses, residents, and its other users while also making sure it is ready for the changes ahead.
- Improvements for pedestrians.
- A separated cycleway in each direction that will connect to a network of existing and planned cycleways in the area.
- Peak hour bus lanes and us stop relocations.
- Rain gardens, trees and landscaping.
- Changes to parking.
- Upgraded street lighting.
- Street furniture, cycle parking, arts and culture.
- Opportunities for outdoor dining and street activities.
- A safer, more appealing pedestrian environment.
- More space for outdoor dining and street activities.
- A safer, more attractive route for people on bikes.
- Improved transport choices for the local community.
- Improved bus efficiency and reliability.
- A greener, more attractive environment.
- An environment that reflects Māori cultural values.
- June - July 2018 - Community engagement: precinct parking plan, construction plan, street design.
- August - September 2018 - Community engagement continued.
- 2nd Quarter 2019 – Contractor appointed and start construction
- Mid – late 2020 - Construction complete (indicative)
The project is funded by Auckland Council, with AT and central government making up the balance. The budget reflects a design-led project, constructed using high quality materials, appropriate to Karangahape Road’s city centre location and unique character.
The Karangahape Road Enhancements project has been divided in to five different sections each with a different design.
- Section 1: Ponsonby Road to Pitt Street.
- Section 1A: Karangahape Road Bridge.
- Section 2: Pitt Street to Queen Street.
- Section 3: Queen Street to Symonds Street.
- Section 4: Upper Queen Street (K Road motorway overbridge).
From Ponsonby Road to Pitt Street we are looking to create a greener environment with less clutter on the footpath. This would provide more room for pedestrians, outdoor dining and street activities.
People on bikes will be separated from pedestrians and vehicles, creating a safer environment for all. All kerbside parking will convert to bus lanes during peak hours.
Cross-section of section 1
Artist impression of section 1
On the Karanghape Road Bridge the focus is on creating a more attractive, safer and more spacious environment for pedestrians and people on bikes. Removal of a traffic lane in each direction and re-positioned bus stops and shelters will create space for a cycleway and a wider footpath.
Cross-section of section 1A
Artist impression of section 1A
In this section we are delivering a functional design, with similar features to section 1, which could be upgraded in future. The delivery of City Rail Link and Light Rail will greatly increase pedestrian movement through this section. In future, we could reduce traffic to one lane in either direction and extend the footpath to provide more space for people.
Cross-section of section 2
Artist impression of section 2: future option
On this section, we are using raised cycleways to provide a safe environment for people on bikes while retaining the existing traffic lanes.
Cross-section of section 3
Artist impression of section 3
On this section, a separated cycleway will connect to the network of existing and planned cycleways which provide access to different parts of the city centre and the wider Auckland area. The cycleway on Upper Queen Street is designed for flexibility, in the event of Light Rail construction.
Cross-section of section 4
In June 2018 we commissioned two community surveys. The first, interviewed Karangahape Road precinct businesses and the other spoke to people on and around Karangahape Road – a ‘pedestrian intercept survey’.
We conducted similar surveys in 2016 and were interested to compare views of the Karangahape Road community then and now. The Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) helped us shape the survey to be relevant to the precinct and the upcoming construction.
There are currently 501 on street car parks (including loading, mobility and taxi parking) in the K Road precinct. Of these, 91 are on K Road and the rest down side streets. Current designs will see 19 car parks along K Road and 8 car parks from the top of side streets removed.
In peak times (Monday to Saturday - 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm) all car parks on K Road between Ponsonby Road and Queen Street will be removed. At these times there will be 416 (367 car parking spaces, 44 loading zones, 3 mobility park) parks available. This is a 14 % reduction from current parking availability.
In the off peak period there will be 483 (407 car parking spaces, 62 loading zones, 8 taxi parks, 4 mobility parks) parks available. This is a 4% reduction from current parking availability.
To offset this, in March 2018 we developed a parking plan to maximise parking opportunities within the precinct by prioritising short-stay parking and loading zone access in peak times.
We proposed to:
- extend current paid parking hours from 6pm to 9pm.
- convert unrestricted and timed parking to paid parking, in the area west from Edinburgh Street.
- increase the number of loading zones at the top of side streets.
- remove $10 all-day parking at Upper Queen Street car park, to free up short-stay customer parking.
- review the location of taxi and mobility spaces.
What you told us:
- More loading zones.
- Paid parking expansion.
- 9pm finish on Karangahape Road but not down side streets.
- Fewer taxi stands.
- More mobility parks.
- More parking spaces.
Changes we’ve made:
- More off-peak loading zones on Karangahape Road. Loading zones become taxi stands after 9pm.
- Expansion of paid parking to operate in two zones:
- Karangahape Road and top of side streets, 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday.
- Remainder of side streets 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
- Replaced eight taxi stands for parking and mobility spaces.
- More off-peak mobility spaces.
- Added 17 extra car parks on Karangahape Road and down side streets.
- Added extra motorcycle parking.
What happens next
- July 2018 – November 2018 – Formal process to legalise parking changes.
- November 2018 – January 2019 - Changes not affected by construction put in place before work starts.
- Paid parking introduced on side streets west from Edinburgh Street.
- Remove $10 all-day parking within Upper Queen Street car park in early 2020
- All other changes in place once construction is complete.
Changes to trees
To accommodate the cycle way and footpath widening, 9 trees will be removed and another 11 relocated within the precinct. The relocated trees will be positioned within the new rain gardens adjacent to their current locations.
20 new trees will be planted, increasing the total number by 11. The main species will be Nikau, with some Pohutukawa or other native species. Rain gardens and low level planting will also ‘green’ the corridor.
Existing Trees on Upper Queen Street and between Queen Street and Symonds Street will be retained with the exception of the tree closest to Canada Street. This will be removed to allow for the new cycleway.
Major themes in feedback
Our public consultation on the proposed K Road enhancements ran from 18 October until 20 November 2016.
We received 508 submissions through our online and hard copy feedback forms, with feedback on the whole project as well as on each of the five sections.
We also received feedback through a number of other sources: the K Road Business Association and a survey of its members (140 responses), a survey undertaken by Generation Zero (990 responses), and from the Waitematā Local Board.
Most feedback was strongly supportive of our proposed enhancements. Based on this feedback, we will proceed with the layout as proposed.