Glenvar Road and East Coast Road improvements Glenvar Road and East Coast Road improvements

The Glenvar Road and East Coast Road corridor improvements project is in its detailed design phase.

Project status: Detailed design
Project zone: North

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Project overview

The Glenvar Road and East Coast Road project is designed to improve safety and provide better travel options for all road users. The corridor includes sections of East Coast Road (approximately 1km between Oteha Valley Road and Lonely Track Road) and Glenvar Road (approximately 2.1 km between East Coast Road and Ian Sage Avenue).

Improvements to Glenvar and Eden Rd map

The proposed improvements include 2 signal-controlled intersections, separated cycleways, shared paths, transit lanes and traffic calming measures.

The improvements include:

  • Footpath upgrades
  • Intersection upgrades
  • Transit/bus lanes
  • Cycleways
  • Safety measures.


  • Transit / bus lanes will allow for faster, more efficient traffic flow.
  • Intersection upgrades will allow for safer and more efficient traffic flow and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Raised intersections slow vehicles to help prevent crashes and minimise damage if a crash does occur. 
  • Footpath widening will improve pedestrian accessibility and improve footpath connections.
  • Cycleways and paths will make the road safer for cyclists.


Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has allocated $57 million from the Regional Land Transport Plan for this project. We must apply to access these funds at several stages during the process.

Once detailed design is complete, we will apply for additional funding for construction.


  • 2018 – AT develops strategic case for improvements
  • 2018 to 2019 – AT develops draft business case for detailed design outlining proposed improvements
  • November to December 2019 – AT seeks public feedback on the proposed improvements
  • December 2020 – AT Board approves business case for detailed design
  • July 2021 – Business case including public feedback is finalised and funding application is submitted to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
  • November 2021 – Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency approves funding application for pre-implementation (detailed design) phase
  • February 2022 – Tender period for detailed design contract closes
  • March 2022 – early 2023 – AECOM develops detailed designs
  • Early 2023 – Severe weather event on Auckland Anniversary Weekend resulted in a significant slip on Glenvar Road. The Corridor upgrade detailed design is to be updated to incorporate the remedial works.
  • Mid 2023 - The AT Board approved AT's Capital Investment Programme FY23/24. The planned capital investment for 2023/24 will decrease by 10.8% from that planned in the RLTP, resulting in AT pausing works on some capital projects including the Glenvar Road and East Cost Road Corridor Improvements project.


Project details

We developed the improvements based on an assessment of what will provide the greatest benefit to a growing community while staying within the available budget. We also took community requests on board and built on knowledge gathered from similar investigations and public feedback in 2012 and 2019. We investigated and rejected other options based on several considerations, including the available budget.

We requested community feedback on the proposed improvements from 8 November to 8 December 2019 and received 420 submissions. You can read detailed information on the feedback received and our responses to the issues raised in the public feedback report.

Download the Glenvar Road and East Coast Road improvements public feedback report (PDF 3.8MB, 36 pages).

After considering all feedback received we made some revisions to the proposed design:

1. Remove the raised central median (raised barrier at the road's centre) on East Coast Road, between Glenvar Road and Glamorgan Drive.

Instead, we will place a flush median strip (a section of white diagonal lines painted in the centre of the road) with up to 3 raised pedestrian islands.

Download the map of flush median and pedestrian refuge island on East Coast Road (PDF 191KB).

2. Work through further changes to make merging into transit lanes safer.

Download the improvements to Glenvar Road and East Coast Road map (PDF 231KB).

Next steps

The project is nearing completion of detailed design however is currently paused as a result of the AT Capital Investment Programme FY23/24.

We acknowledge this is disappointing for many including residents, Hibiscus and Bays local board and all those who have supported the project including the project team and utility partners. However this decision responds to the big priorities Aucklanders have shared with AT and we believe delivers the best return on investment in the current economic environment. AT will evaluate funding and capital expenditure through the year, and should additional funds become available AT will review the timing of this project in partnership with elected members.

Our key next steps are:

  • Evaluate funding and capital expenditure through the year and review timing of this project in partnership with elected members.
  • Complete the detailed design incorporating the remedial works on Glenvar Road completed in October 2023.
  • Apply for and obtain required consents.
  • Consider internal reviews and audits of the design.
  • Apply for final unconditional funding approval from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for construction.

We thank you for your patience and support to date.