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Franklin Road

Franklin Road is undergoing upgrades to improve the road quality and future-proof existing services.

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

Artist impression of Franklin Road

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 on the street 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 and are planning service renewals and upgrades. Using a ‘dig once’ approach, Auckland Transport (AT) is working with Watercare, Vector, Chorus, and Auckland Stormwater to coordinate upgrades to the road and infrastructure services.

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.


Construction is being done 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 - underground works by service providers; street lighting.
  • Stage 2 - AT's roading and footpath works; stormwater improvements.

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

Project timing

  • September 2016: Stage 1 works commenced.
  • November 2016: Scheme Design complete.
  • November 2016: Lodge Stage 2 Resource Consent application.
  • Mid November to end December 2016: Break for Christmas lights.
  • February 2017: Detailed Design complete.
  • May/June 2017: Stage 2 (AT) construction commences.
  • October 2017: Stage 1 construction on Franklin Rd and Collingwood St complete.
  • October/November 2018: Stage 2 AT works finish (indicative).

Project details

Franklin Road is an important connection between Ponsonby and the CBD. There are over 14,000 vehicle trips per day on the road, including buses and over-dimension vehicles.

To achieve the desired improvements to the road 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.

Stage 1 - underground service works and street lighting

Stage 1 works incorporate works by Watercare, Vector, and Chorus to upgrade and/or future proof their infrastructure. These works are being managed by Watercare.

  • Replace old water mains along either side of Franklin Road.
  • Separate the stormwater and wastewater in upper Franklin Road and Collingwood Street.
  • Lay utility pipes in Franklin Road to allow for undergrounding of telephone and power.

The Watercare contractor, Brian Perry Civil (and associated sub-contractors), began site work in August 2016 and works will continue until late 2017.

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

Special care is being taken around the significant trees to minimise the risk of damage.

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

During works

During Stage 1 works you will notice:

  • 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.

Stage 2 - Footpath, road, parking, and cycleway design and construction

Auckland Transport has worked with local residents and stakeholders to design the Franklin Road improvements. The design is now final and construction is scheduled to begin in May or June 2017.

View the drawings of the final design (PDF 7.4MB).

Franklin Road - artist impressionFranklin Road - artist impression


Footpaths on both sides of Franklin Road will be around 3.5m wide and made of exposed aggregate concrete with black oxide to give it a slightly darker appearance to ‘normal concrete’.

Franklin Road footpath

Image: Footpath and raised speed table in Union Street (what the Franklin Road footpaths are likely to look like).


Recessed parking will also be concrete with a black oxide tint to give it a contrast appearance to the cycle lanes and traffic lanes. Timber wheelstops will allow water to runoff across the parking bays.


The cycle path on both sides of the road will be 1.5m wide and will be raised above the road by between 50mm to 70mm. The rounded kerb profile will make it easy for people on bikes and vehicles to negotiate.

There will be 600mm buffer areas both sides to provide separation between parked cars and the traffic lanes.

The paths will be constructed in black concrete (a similar colour to the road surface) with broom finish. Cycle symbols will be painted in the cycle lanes at 60m intervals (in accordance with required standards). There will also be a painted green line on the edge of the cycle lane nearest the traffic lanes.

Franklin Road - cycle lanes

Traffic lanes and painted flush median

Traffic lanes will be 3m wide in each direction separated by a 2.1m-wide painted flush median. This median will extend the full length of the road as it currently does now, interrupted only by pedestrian refuges.

Wellington Street roundabout

A roundabout will be constructed at this intersection. This will be significantly better at managing queuing during peak times, be safer for pedestrians, and allow all movements from England Street (currently restricted).

Roundabouts are not as easy for people on bikes to negotiate. To address this, we have developed 2 ways in which people on bikes can use the roundabout. The raised cycle path will stop just before the roundabout and connect to the footpath, it will re-join the road after the roundabout. People on bikes can choose to either join the traffic flow, staying on the road to get through the roundabout, or move up onto the footpath, cross the side road using the pedestrian crossing then re-join the cycle path once through the roundabout.

Pedestrian crossings on all legs of the intersection provide safe crossing points for pedestrians.

Side street treatments

All side streets will have raised speed tables at the same level as the footpaths. This increases safety for pedestrians and slows traffic entering and exiting side streets. These will look similar to the raised table between Victoria Street and Union Street.


Catenary lighting will be used to light the road, and lights from poles will be used to light the footpath. the light poles will be dark grey to match the muted colour scheme for the street.

Catenary lighting has wires across the road supported on poles either side of the road. The light luminaire is then hung off the wires over the centre of the carriageway. There are examples of catenary footpath lighting in the Viaduct Quarter. This will mean a consistent light for the road all the way down the street.

All lights will be LED lights meaning there will be less light spill into residents properties.

New World supermarket entrance

The safety and operation of the entry and exit for the New World supermarket has been redesigned to reduce their exit from the underground carpark to one lane. At present when you exit, you are able to sit in either a left-turn or right-turn lane.

New bus stop

AT is developing a new public transport network for the central Auckland suburbs that includes a new bus route on Franklin Road. The new route sees the northern (lower) portion of Franklin Rd served by a new bus service where none currently exists.

This means the existing bus stop at the top of Franklin Rd will be removed and a new bus stop and shelter will be located at the bottom of Franklin Rd near the Birdcage, outside No. 127.

Stormwater improvements

Work by Auckland Council Stormwater to separate stormwater and wastewater pipelines is included in Stage 2. The design of this work was complex so was unable to be completed as part of Stage 1 works as previously planned.

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

Image: the difference between a combined sewer and a separated system.

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

Consultation and feedback

Find out more about the history of consultation with local residents and stakeholders.

Community Liason Group

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

Find out more about the CLG.

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport