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Franklin Road

Franklin Road is undergoing upgrades to improve the road quality and future-proof existing services. Using a ‘dig once’ approach, Auckland Transport (AT) is working with Watercare, Vector, Chorus, and Auckland Stormwater to make upgrades during 2016 and 2017.


Project status:
       Stage 1 - construction.
       Stage 2 - detailed design.
Project zone: Central Auckland

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Project overview


Franklin Road is in poor condition creating safety hazards for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers. Over time tree roots have damaged footpaths, drainage infrastructure and road pavement. There is a high demand for parking, but a lack of well-defined parking spaces. This results in drivers parking too close to trees and driving over exposed roots.

Some utility providers are also worried about infrastructure conditions in Franklin Road. They are planning service renewals and upgrades soon.

It's an important connection between Ponsonby and the CBD. There are over 14,000 vehicle trips per day on the road. This includes buses and over-dimension vehicles.

Features and benefits

We aim to upgrade the road to best meet the needs of all users, including:

  • Providing improved pavement surface, footpaths and drainage.
  • Protecting tree root zones from vehicles by redefining the berm area.
  • Providing for the safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles.
  • Retaining as much street parking as possible.
  • Working with utility providers to minimise disruption and deliver an integrated programme of works.
  • Improving street lighting.
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Consultation and feedback

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Timeline

Construction will be undertaken in 2 stages to minimise the impacts on residents and traffic, fit within annual budgets, and allow the utility services work to be integrated as efficiently as possible:

  • Stage 1 is generally the underground works by service providers, as well as street lighting.
  • Stage 2 works are AT's roading and footpath works.

Each of these stages is also expected to be undertaken in sections to minimse impacts on residents and road users.

Indicative project timing

  • September 2016: Stage 1 works commence.
  • November 2016: Scheme Design complete.
  • November 2016: Lodge Stage 2 Resource Consent application.
  • Mid November to end December 2016: Stage 1 works stop with no works over Christmas lights event period.
  • February 2017: Detailed Design complete.
  • April 2017: Stage 2 (AT) construction commences.
  • August 2017: Stage 1 construction on Franklin Road complete.
  • October 2017: Stage 1 construction on Collingwood St complete.
  • April 2018: Stage 2 (AT) works finish.

Project details


To achieve the desired improvements we need to:

  • Provide an urban streetscape that accommodates all road users while retaining natural heritage values.
  • Protect trees and minimise tree root disturbance.
  • Design a low maintenance berm treatment that keeps with the character and heritage values of the road. It needs to remain attractive in summer when the berm is shaded as well as in winter when there's no vegetation growth.
  • Develop a construction method that provides for traffic movements, resident access, parking and enough room for the contractor to work in.

Utility works

At the same time road upgrades happen, some utility services will also upgrade their infrastructure.

We are working with utility service providers and taking a ‘dig once’ approach incorporating their upgrade works into the project. Watercare, Vector, Chorus and Auckland Council Stormwater will all be undertaking works to upgrade and/or future proof their infrastructure.

These works begin in February 2016 and will be completed before the end of November 2016. No works will take place over the December Christmas lights period.


Stage 1 construction

AT is working with utility service providers and taking a ‘dig once’ approach incorporating their upgrade works into the project.

Watercare, Vector, Chorus and Auckland Council Stormwater will all be undertaking works to upgrade and/or future proof their infrastructure. These works will be undertaken as Stage 1 works and be managed by Watercare.

Old water mains along either side of Franklin Road need to be replaced. Work is also required to separate the stormwater and wastewater in upper Franklin Road and Collingwood Street. Watercare’s contractor will also lay utility pipes in Franklin Road allowing for undergrounding of telephone and power.

Special care will be taken working around the significant trees to minimise the risk of damage.

The Watercare contractor will establish on site during August 2016 and works will continue through until early 2017.

AT will ensure any disturbance over the Franklin Road Christmas lights period is minimised.

Work hours will be between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday. Work will not normally be undertaken on Saturday afternoons.

During works

Construction will be undertaken by Brian Perry Civil and their associated sub-contractors. During the works you will notice the following:

  • Traffic management to protect the public and workers. Speed restrictions will be in place around construction areas and we ask that you take extra care around work sites.
  • Some delays to traffic delays may be experienced.
  • Some impacts on pedestrian access. Signs will direct pedestrians around construction areas.
  • Laying of pipes via directional drilling with some trenching for private connections.
  • Some noise which we will ensure is kept within the regulations set out by Auckland Council.

Combined sewer

In old parts of Auckland, household wastewater and stormwater flow in the same pipes. When the system is overwhelmed by rainfall, it overflows into the Waitemata Harbour.

Building a new stormwater pipeline and separating the wastewater will help reduce wet weather wastewater overflows to the harbour, improving the quality of our environment.

Diagram showing the difference between a combined sewer and a separated system

Diagram showing the difference between a combined sewer and a separated system


Community Liason Group

The Community Liason Group (CLG) includes representatives from Franklin Road residents, Freemans Bay Residents Association, Cycle Action Auckland, the Waitemata Local Board, stage 1 construction contractor, Watercare, Vector and AT. The CLG meets around every 6 weeks.

Find out more about the CLG.


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