Auckland Transport is planning a major upgrade of Dominion Road and detailed designs are being shared with the public.
The project is designed to bring many improvements, particularly in regards to pedestrian and cycle safety and public transportation reliability, to those living, working and travelling along or near this busy arterial route.
Dominion Road is vital to Auckland’s transport network, moving large numbers of people on foot, bicycle, public transport and cars.
- Take part in the upgrade consultation
- Give us feedback on parking plans
- Read about our plans for the village centres
- Find info about proposed new cycle routes
- Find out about the proposed bus lanes and stops
The Dominion Road upgrade project will help improve the reliability of buses and increase the route's capacity so it can deal with an expected 67 per cent growth in bus travellers by 2021. The project plans to join up bus lanes and create new lanes south of Mt Albert Rd to create continuous peak hour bus lanes from State Highway 20 to View Rd.
The three village centres of Mt Roskill, Balmoral and Eden Valley will also be upgraded, new cycle routes created through quieter streets to the east and west of Dominion Rd, and footpaths improved. The upgrade is designed to enhance the existing qualities that make the road one of Auckland’s most iconic.
Features and benefits
- Continuous bus lanes will be created along each side of Dominion Road (from State Highway 20 to View Rd). The northbound lane will operate during morning peak and the southbound lane will operate during the evening peak
- The bus lanes may be used for parking outside peak hours
- New 4.5m wide bus lanes will be created south of Mt Albert Rd to State Highway 20 by widening the road
- The existing bus lanes will be extended through each of the three village centres (Mt Roskill, Balmoral, Eden Valley), and at intersections. North of Mt Albert Rd the bus lanes will be 3m wide, meaning the road won’t be widened in this area
- The cost-benefit analysis showed having wider bus lanes along the length of Dominion Rd didn’t provide enough benefits to travel times to outweigh the extra costs. Widening the road would cost up to $52m extra because it would require services (power, stormwater, telecommunications) to be relocated
- Bus lanes will continue to operate 7am – 9am northbound and 4pm – 6pm southbound. Operating hours will be included in a region-wide review of bus lane operating hours
- Some bus stop locations may change
- The project provides for new cycle routes through quieter roads either side of Dominion Rd
The Dominion Road project will:
- Improve the quality of the infrastructure to improve bus travel time reliability
(Picture: Mt Roskill after the upgrade)
- Improve safety for cyclists by creating parallel cycle routes on streets with less traffic
- Improve the quality of footpath surfacing, the number of street crossing facilities and maximise footpath width
- Increased support for local businesses through improved pedestrian facilities including the continued provision of short-stay on-street parking
- Improve the quality of village centres and streetscapes to support local businesses
June - September 2010
Following proposals in previous years that included possible light rail and diverting bus lanes off Dominion Rd, the former Auckland City Council undertook public consultation for a proposed upgrade to Dominion Rd. This proposed bus/T2 lanes that would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and require on-street parking to be removed.
Auckland Transport reviewed the Dominion Rd upgrade project after inheriting responsibility for it from Auckland City Council. Plans were revised to address some of the key concerns received through the Auckland City Council consultation - including loss of on-street parking, concerns that use of bus lanes by other vehicles would effectively create a four lane highway.
Late 2011 to mid 2012
Consultation with key stakeholders including local boards, MPs, potentially affected residents, councillors, Cycle Action Auckland, community and business groups.
Preliminary concept design presented to Auckland Transport board. Board requests analysis of options and their costs/benefits. Consultation on options with key stakeholders.
Auckland Transport Board approves concept design for Dominion Rd upgrade.
Late Jan: Final design completed for the cycle routes
Feb: NZTA approves construction funding for cycle routes.
Mar: Dominion Road detailed design continues.
May: Cycle route construction starts
Mid to late 2014: Dominion Road upgrade expected to begin.
See detailed "Streetscape" plans of the proposed improvements
- Two open days on the detailed design for Dominion Road were held during early April. Residents have received a newsletter outlining the proposal. Feedback may be made until 30 April 2014 using our online form.
- Consultation is also currently under way on proposed parking changes along Dominion Road and on connecting streets.
- Open days for the cycle routes were held in December 2013 and stakeholder and public feedback on that proposal closed January 2014.
Dominion Road is one of Auckland’s longest roads, spanning 4.5 km through the middle of the isthmus, and is one of the few transport corridors in the city where there are more bus passengers than drivers in peak hours. It carries about 1.8 million bus passengers a year, three per cent of the entire region’s public transport trips.
(Picture: Eden Valley shopping centre after the upgrade)
On any given day, some 25,000 vehicles go through the road, with up to 1500 people travelling into the city in 50 buses during the morning peak hours of 7am and 9am.
The road is also home to three village centres, four signalised pedestrian crossings and hundreds of driveways and 50 side roads.
Due to cost factors, widening the road along the entire Dominion Rd corridor to cater for cyclists, buses and cars was ruled out.
However, the project will introduce new 4.5m wide bus lanes that will operate south of Mt Albert Rd to State Highway 20.
The new lanes will form part of the continuous peak hour bus lanes that will run along the length of Dominion Rd on both sides. The north-bound lane will operate from 7am to 9am and the south-bound lane from 4pm to 6pm. Cars will be able to park in the lanes outside peak hours.
The existing bus lanes will be extended through the village centres, and at key intersections, including Balmoral Rd and Mt Albert Rd through to Denbigh Ave, where the roundabout will be removed and replaced with new traffic lights. This will help make the bus service more reliable and help to reduce travel times for passengers.
Currently, bus stops are generally located at 200m to 400m intervals. The project proposes to consistently have bus stops along the corridor at 400m intervals, which means pedestrians are within four minutes walk of a bus stop once on Dominion Rd.
The proposal seeks to ensure that bus stops are located as close as possible to the village centres to emphasise their importance as a destination. The exact location of each bus stop is still to be determined and the public will be able to give feedback on bus stop locations during the detailed design phase.
The routes are designed to make cycling an attractive, easy, and safe transport and recreation option for communities around the Dominion Road corridor and will provide local connections to schools and parks.
The new routes will traverse about 12 kilometres on roads and through parks, passing 16 schools serving 12 thousand pupils. New safe cycle crossings will be constucted on Balmoral Road and Mt Albert Road.
The new routes can also be used by cyclists who travel to and from the city regularly, who may not want to use Dominion Rd. The routes will be clearly marked through the residential streets.
Cycle route improvements include:
- New safer intersections of the cycle route at Balmoral Road and Mt Albert Road.
- Destination signage.
- Raised speed humps and other measures to slow vehicle traffic.
- New sections of shared paths or widening paths on busy roads.
- New links between streets for cyclists and pedestrians.
- New link to Mt Albert Grammar School
To create more space along most of Dominion Rd to allow for cyclists, buses and cars would require widening the road.
This was ruled out because of the $50m extra cost, mostly related to moving services like power, water pipes and telecommunications.
Widening the road through the village centres is not an option because it could only be achieved by demolishing a number of heritage buildings.
The challenges and limits to catering for all types of travel is also a major reason for focusing on cycle routes off Dominion Rd.
Detailed plans of the new cycle route
(various .pdf files up to 2.7MB) See overview map.
The route in sections
East Block: Streets A - N
East Block Streets M - W
West Block: Streets A - K
West Block: Streets K - Z
Parking and pedestrian improvements
Auckland Transport (AT) has been working with the Albert-Eden and Puketapapa local boards and the Eden-Valley Business Association on ways to improve parking throughout Dominion Road and the village centres of Eden Valley, Balmoral and Mt Roskill.
The existing short-stay parking restrictions of 30 minutes or less do not provide a sufficient amount of time to support the main retail and commercial activities. In addition, the current range of parking restrictions can be confusing and results in an excessive number of parking signs in a relatively small area.
In order to address this issue, AT is proposing to install a 60-minute parking zone (P60) throughout the main village centres. This proposal involves changing the existing on-street parking restrictions, which will reduce the number of signs and different restrictions. The type of signage used to describe those restrictions will change also.
The proposal will reduce the total number of parking signs and should improve how the streetscape looks and feels, reduce footpath clutter, help pedestrian flow and provide a safer walking environment.
Other Parking information
The project aims to make provision for off-street parking on council owned property adjacent to Ewington St in Eden Valley
Other parking along the corridor, including existing public off-street car parks and side street parking bays in each village, will be improved through the use of parking sensors that will be connected to new real-time information signage.
In May 2013, AT trialed a parking system on Bellwood Avenue. The trial involved fixing between 32 flat black discs to the road surface on Bellwood Avenue between Cromwell Road and Dominion Road. The discs act as a sensor to determine whether a vehicle is parked in a bay, and this information is transmitted to a real-time information sign fixed to a lamp pole on Dominion Road where it shows the number of open parking bays. The discs act as a parking recognition system only and are not used for law enforcement or monitoring the length of time parked.
The sensors and real-time information signage need to be trialled to ensure the electronic systems operate satisfactorily. The parking system will be rolled out along the rest of Dominion Road as part of the upgrade in 2014, subject to NZTA funding approval.
The discs will be fixed securely to the road using coarse thread road screws and take no longer than one day to install. The discs have no impact on vehicle movement and passage.
The project will see additional and improved pedestrian facilities, including signalised pedestrian crossings and raised pedestrian islands in village centres and pedestrian ‘refuges’ approximately every 200m on the rest of the road. New and better quality walkways will make it more pleasant and easier to walk along Dominion Rd.
Village centre rejuvenation
The village centres along Dominion Road (Eden Valley village centre between Onslow and Grange roads, Balmoral village centre between Balmoral Road and Carmen Ave, and Mt Roskill village centre between Keystone Ave and Mt Albert Road) will be upgraded to make them more attractive, easier to use and safer for pedestrians.
The village centres feature a mix of shopping facilities and have their own distinctive character, being neighbourhood and community focal points with a range of facilities. Under the new plans, the centres are intended to have a stronger emphasis on pedestrians.
Auckland Transport is working closely with local boards, business associations, and community groups on the upgrade plans.
Upgrades will include:
- New footpaths.
- Street furniture (seating, bike stands).
- Raised medians.
- Pedestrian priority crossings.
- Improved lighting.
- Rain gardens to remove pollutants and reduce surface flooding
- Additional storm water bores to reduce runoff.
Denbigh Avenue intersection
The introduction of new bus lanes south of Mt Albert Road will see the Denbigh Road roundabout replaced with new traffic lights. This will help reduce travel times for bus passengers and make the bus service more efficient.
Is my property affected?
Please contact the Dominion Rd property specialist by calling (09) 355 3553. In general the main impact on properties will only be potential disruption during construction.
How much will the project cost?
The project is estimated to cost around $47m, this includes the plans for the new cycle routes and improvements to the village centres.
Are you taking on-street parking off Dominion Rd?
No, parking will still be available on Dominion Rd at all times, except when the bus lanes are operating between 7am-9am (northbound lane) and 4-6pm (southbound lane). Some parking will be temporarily removed during the construction phase.
Why don’t you create another lane each way for general traffic?
The clear message from the community during earlier consultation was that a four lane highway was not wanted.
I have submitted my feedback, what will happen next?
Your feedback will be used by the project design team to make any neccessary fine tuning to the design. The current plan sees the cycle routes delivered during 2014 and Dominion Road completed by mid 2016.
The current plan will see the parallel cycle routes delivered in 2014. This is dependent upon NZTA funding and no unforeseen delays to the programme.
Will there be cycle lanes on Dominion Road?
To create more space along Dominion Road to allow for buses, cars and cyclists would require widening the road at an additional cost of $50m, mostly related to moving services like power, water pipes and telecommunications. The Auckland Transport board decided that, at this time, the benefits did not outweigh the extra costs. Widening the road through the village centres is also not an option because it could only be achieved by demolishing a number of heritage buildings.
We will build shared path cycle routes along the sidewalk from Onslow Road to George Street and from Bellevue Road to View Road. This will permit linking up with the new cycle lanes north of the View Road intersection.
I am concerned that you plan to install traffic calming measures outside my house and this will mean less on street parking and noisy braking.
Traffic calming measures are needed in certain areas to control vehicle speed and to ensure that off corridor rat-running is reduced. An effective means of achieving this is by using traffic calming measures including road narrowing, introducing side friction, speed tables, traffic circles or chicanes.
Following feedback and expert advice, traffic calming measures will be smooth speed humps that allow cars to park on them.
Some of the roads that make up the route are very busy: why are there no dedicated cycle lanes on these roads?
Dedicated cycle lanes are provided in areas with high volumes of traffic or where vehicles are travelling at high speeds, for example, View Road and the northern end of Dominion Road.
Where possible, the parallel cycle routes utilise quieter roads where vehicles are travelling at lower speeds. Where speeds are higher, traffic calming measures are proposed to be installed to bring speeds down.
What road markings will be used?
Auckland Transport is currently considering the use of ‘shared lane markings’ or ‘sharrows’. These road markings generally involve a directional chevron and a cyclist symbol. Consistent shared road markings are an efficient way to clearly define the route for cyclists and are more likely to gain the attention of drivers compared to traditional signage. The sharrow requires bikes and vehicles to share the road with consideration for all users.
Will your routes going through local parks and alleyways be lit at night?
Yes, we plan to install LED lighting along routes in parks and access ways so that night cycling is safe. Lighting may be dimmed after 10 pm or focused so that residents sleep is not disrupted.
Why is there a cycle loop around Burnley – King Edward Street and not a direct route through?
A quirk of Auckland’s geography has meant that in the block bounded by Burnley Road, Dominion Road, King Edward Street and Sandringham Road- there is no through road. There is also no space between any of these properties to purchase a 3m strip for a cycle route as all houses are almost full width of the land. Adequate funds would also be needed. In the meantime until property becomes available, we will need to route cyclists onto Dominion Road and Sandringham Road.
Cycle numbers are very low, so why do you spend money on providing parallel cycle routes?
There have been a number of bicycle accidents along Dominion Road and the quieter parallel cycle routes offer a safer alternative to less confident cyclists.
The number of cyclists along Dominion Road is currently 300 per day and a number of these will migrate to the parallel cycle routes because of improved safety. Sixteen schools are served by the parallel cycle routes so if school child cycle uptake occurs, we predict that cyclist numbers are likely to rise substantially.