Maioro Street is a key arterial road which provides a link between New Lynn and State Highway 20. This section of Maioro Street experiences heavy peak traffic congestion on a daily basis with approximately 40,000 vehicles/day.
During the morning and afternoon peak periods approximately 16 buses per hour use the route in the peak flow directions. The heavy peak congestion results in travel time delays for buses and general traffic.
Maioro street dynamic lane and safety improvements
What are Dynamic Lanes?
The existing road width of Maioro Street allows reallocation of road space to create an additional lane to increase capacity. The system uses LED lights embedded into the road surface to mark traffic lanes instead of painted lines.
Changing these LED lights is a quick and safe way to create temporary lane direction changes during heavy congestion and to ensure better traffic flow. Traffic control signs over the road will also display clearly which lanes drivers should use. Dynamic lanes are currently used in Auckland along the Panmure Bridge, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Whangaparaoa Road and Redoubt Road. The system is quick to build and more cost-effective than road widening.
On Maioro Street dynamic lanes would create two general vehicle lanes and one bus lane in the peak direction and two general vehicle lanes in the non-peak direction. During off peak times the system would return to two general vehicle lanes in each direction with a central flush median.
This change would create significant travel time savings for bus users while also maintaining existing, or slightly improved flow for general traffic.
Diagram of how the dynamic lanes will work on Maioro Street
There are three side roads along this section which are operated by a give way control at Cordelia Place and Roseville Street and stop control at Rosamund Avenue. Those vehicles trying to turn right against peak traffic will need to turn across three active traffic lanes. To ensure safety for road users, during peak hours we propose to ban right turns into and out of these side roads.
Safety improvements for all road users
Additional pedestrian improvements are also proposed as part of the project. Maioro Street/New Windsor Road intersection will be improved by raising the intersection onto a table and installing a new signalised pedestrian crossing so that each side of the intersection provides a safe crossing option for pedestrians.
The raised table will encourage all traffic to drive at a safe speed through the intersection.
Proposed changes to the intersection take into consideration the safety of children, parents, and all other pedestrians. View an impression of the intersection from modelling.
Proposed changes to New Windsor Road and Maioro Street Intersection
Side street improvements
Maioro Street between Roseville Street and Rosamund Ave, we are planning to install a signalised pedestrian crossing, to provide safe opportunity for pedestrians and bus users to cross the road. This crossing will be on a speed table to encourage safe speeds.
On the side roads of Cordelia Place, Roseville Street and Rosamund Avenue, we are planning to install pedestrian tables, to provide better access and visibility for pedestrians and cyclists using the shared paths on either side of Maioro Street. These tables will also encourage drivers to enter the traffic on Maioro Street at a safe speed. Two new bus stop shelters are proposed for city bound passengers to wait in.
You can download a full set of Maioro Street consultation plans.
Kōrero Mai, Have your say
From 26 April to 20 May 2022, we consulted on the proposed Dynamic Lanes and Safety improvements on Maioro Street.
We received 209 responses via the survey and 11 emails from individuals or organisations. We also had around 70 people drop into our information sessions on May 5 and May 8.
We asked what the community thought of the overall proposal, we received both support and opposition for the proposed changes.
- 44% of respondents supported or strongly supported the changes
- 26% supported some of the changes
- 30% opposed or strongly opposed the changes
Although this proposal has received good overall support, AT has received a large number of suggestions for design change. For more information, download the public consultation and feedback report.
It's important we consider the community's feedback, so we are investigating the potential of some of the design changes suggested. We need to test if we can make some of these changes, and still achieve improved bus service and safety for those crossing the roads.
Once AT has investigated the options and reviewed the proposal, we will engage with the community around any changes to the design.