Quay Street will become a revitalised waterfront place, with wider footpaths, easier navigation, new street furniture, more trees, and greater opportunity for business and events.
Project status: Construction mid 2019 to June 2021 - last updated 7 December 2020.
Project zone: Central
Whenua - Land
Quay Street is a popular and significant street in the city centre. It connects people to Tāmaki and Aotearoa through ferries, buses, trains and cruise liners. Quay street is a gateway to Auckland City and over the next 10 years, we are expecting an eight-fold increase in people using this space to get into and around the City Centre, highlighting its importance as a people focused place.
By retaining Quay Street’s function as a destination and reducing its use as a through road, we can create an attractive waterfront street that safely accommodates multiple modes of transport and enhances connections between the city centre and the waterfront.
Caption: Artists impression of the Quay Street enhancements looking East
Caption: Southern footpath looking West.
Caption: Artists impression of the Quay Street northern footpath looking West.
A revitalised waterfront street will be created, with wider footpaths and easier navigation, designed for a 30km/h speed, with street furniture, trees, and opportunities for business and events.
We will achieve this by:
- reducing four lanes of traffic to two, from Lower Albert Street to Commerce Street
- creating dedicated bus lanes between Lower Albert Street and Lower Hobson Street
- increasing space for people - wider footpaths
- increasing space for events and trading opportunities
- adding a cycleway separated from traffic
- planting trees and raingardens.
How will Quay Street look once construction is complete
Between Lower Albert Street and Lower Hobson Street there will be one traffic lane in either direction, dedicated bus lanes in either direction and a bi-directional cycleway.
Between Commerce Street and Lower Albert Street there will be one traffic lane in either direction and a bi-directional cycleway
Quay Street’s reduction to one lane in each direction (plus dedicated bus lane and cycle lanes) will become permanent following the completion of the project.
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