We are proposing changes to Walmsley Road, Ōtāhuhu, to optimise the road network for public transport, cyclists, and pedestrians while balancing the need for cars and freight vehicles.
Consultation status: closed 17 February 2017.
We propose a number of key improvements along Walmsley Road:
- Creating a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists by extending the current footpath into the road area on the western side of Walmsley Road.
- Creating transit lanes (T3) in both directions between Māngere Road and Station Road. This will improve bus, trucks, and freight priority measures. Vehicles with 3 or more people can also use the transit lane. At the moment, regular delays are experienced in this area, especially during weekday peak periods.
- The new transit lanes will operate from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm weekdays.
- Installing new bus stops to increase connectivity in the region and ensure they are of a consistent length, and are easily accessible (with lead-in and lead-out tapers) so buses can safely pull in and out of the stops.
Road markings and signs will be updated to reflect the changes.
The improvements are part of the larger East-West Connections project and Auckland Transport's bus priority programme, which investigates, designs, and delivers bus efficiency projects to help us deliver a safe, reliable, and punctual bus network while balancing the need for trucks and freight vehicles. Find out more about bus & transit lanes.
Detailed design plans
- Facilitate a high-quality public transport system to create an attractive, viable alternative to private vehicles.
- Improve the reliability of journey times for buses, trucks, and vehicles carrying 3 or more people.
- Improve pedestrian and cycle facilities and connection to the new Ōtāhuhu Station.
- Encourage more people to walk and cycle (particularly school children).
- February 2017 – public feedback sought before finalising design.
- April 2017 – work expected to start.