Auckland Transport (AT) and the NZ Transport Agency are creating a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians from Merton Road near Glen Innes Station to Tamaki Drive - allowing you to walk, run or cycle from Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the Waitematā Harbour. The path will be built in 4 stages.
- Section 1 – completed, 2016
- Section 2 – consultation
- Section 3 – construction/consultation
- Section 4 – design
Section 2 & 3 consultation - what we consulted on
- We consulted on the proposed design for Section 2 (St Johns Road to Orakei Basin) from October 15 to November 9.
- AT and the NZ Transport Agency are carefully considering all the feedback received.
- Once all feedback has been assessed and other investigations are completed, we will provide a report on the feedback received, the outcomes and outline the next steps.
- The report will be available on the AT and NZ Transport Agency websites and we will contact everyone that provided us with their contact details.
- The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport undertook several rounds of community consultation about a replacement balustrade for Section 3 (Orakei basin Boardwalk) between September and December 2018. Read more about what people said in the first round of the consultation in the summary report (PDF 2.2MB)
- Results from the second round of feedback, which closed on December 9, are being compiled and the Transport Agency will use them to help make a decision about a replacement balustrade.
- The Transport Agency has committed to making a decision about a new balustrade design by 21 December 2018 and communicating this to the community.
The Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path - Te Ara Ki Uta Ki Tai (the path of land and sea) is a joint project that will deliver a 7km-long path that connects Auckland’s eastern suburbs to the city centre.
The path will complete a missing link in Auckland’s cycle network and connect with cycle routes to Point England, the shared path along Tamaki Drive, and the Tamaki Drive Cycle Route.
The natural beauty and magnificent views along the route will appeal to people commuting into the city as well as those using the path for fitness and recreation.
Image: Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path route map.
- Safe and convenient for people on foot or on
- Good lighting will extend hours of access, particularly during winter months.
- The route’s geography is hilly in places, but the design of the path will keep gradients as low as possible.
- The path connects communities with public transport along the route.
- Community input will help shape aspects of the path.
- Section 1: Merton Road to St Johns Road: late 2015 to late 2016 (completed).
- Section 2: St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin: design and consultation.
- Section 3: Orakei Basin boardwalk: in construction/consultation.
- Section 4: Orakei Basin to Tamaki Drive: in investigation stage. Design and community feedback will follow.
Due to the complexity of the project, the work programme for completing the whole shared path has been extended, with Sections 2 and 4 not expected to be completed before the end of 2021.
Since opening in December 2016, this section is drawing a weekly average of 800 trips by people on bikes and on foot.
AT and the NZ Transport Agency sought feedback on the proposed design for Section 2, which travels from St Johns Road through Pourewa Valley to Orakei Basin. The consultation ran from 15 October to 9 November 2018.
Section 2 will comprise a mix of concrete paths, boardwalks and concrete bridges and be approximately 4m wide along the entire route.
Connecting to Section 1
We are proposing several improvements to make it safer for people to cross St Johns Road and St Heliers Bay Road, and to access the shared path, including:
- Installing a raised cyclist-pedestrian crossing across the slip lane on St Heliers Bay Road.
- Increasing the size of the traffic island to provide more room for pedestrians and people on bikes.
- Widening the footpath at the intersection on the western side of St Johns Road.
The slip lane at the top of St Heliers Bay Road will be realigned slightly to make room for a larger island.
To ensure the path is accessible to everyone, where it passes through steep terrain, flat sections (landings) will provide a break in the uphill gradient.
We listened to feedback about the spacing between landings on Section 1 and have designed longer, more widely-spaced landings for Section 2. This should provide a smoother ride for people on bikes and people using mobility aids.
Where possible, we will also widen each landing out to one side to provide a space for people to stop out of the path of other users - and on some of the landings we will install seating.
At the top of the valley, a post-and-wire fence will be installed along the boundary with Meadowbank Pony Club.
One of the options we are investigating is installing sections of boardwalk along the bottom of Pourewa Valley. We are currently confirming the feasibility of this option. Any boardwalk structure is likely to be timber framed, with timber balustrades and hardwood handrails. Slip resistance, grip and durability are important in this environment, given the high volume of people on bikes anticipated to use the path daily. The structures and surfacing must also be strong enough to carry maintenance vehicles.
For these reasons, we are investigating the use of fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) decking panels and other options on top of the timber frame.
There will be a bridge across a small gully in the reserve and another across the railway lines. Both bridges will have concrete decks and dark grey steel balustrades with contrasting hardwood handrails. The balustrades will be angled inwards slightly to prevent bike pedals and handle bars from catching.
Lighting is important for safety and to extend the hours of use for the path, especially in winter. On the bridges and boardwalks, lighting is likely to be installed on the underside of the top railing. Next to the concrete path, lighting columns will be installed.
The lighting will be designed and angled to ensure minimal light spillage outside of the shared path.
The shared path will enhance connectivity to local sites of ecological value in Pourewa Valley and the surrounding reserves. The remnant coastal forest is already being restored by local community groups and we are playing our part to support their work.
Any vegetation lost as a result of site works will be replaced with representative native species to enhance quality and diversity of habitat, and to support indigenous wildlife. We will also carry out pest-plant and weed control to support the restoration. Iwi will assist us with plant selection and the local community may be invited to participate in carrying out restoration tasks.
Meadowbank Train Station to Ōrākei Basin
A concrete path will follow the railway line, pass under the existing pedestrian overbridge, and run past the train station and car park to Purewa Road.
It will then travel along the northern side of Purewa Road to Ōrākei Basin where it connects to Section 3. It is likely that around five car parking spaces at the western end of Purewa Road will need to be removed. We are investigating whether we can change the parking on the southern side of the road to angled parking, which will maximise parking within the remaining space.
We cannot position the path on the land on the northern side of Purewa Road, as this land is used for rail line maintenance work.
Maintenance vehicle crossing/shared space
The shared path will cross KiwiRail and Watercare access roads located at the basin end of the path. This is unavoidable, as we are unable to re-route the shared path or move the access points. However, we are working with Watercare and KiwiRail to ensure the design in this section creates the safest environment possible.
- Install a bollard(s) to prevent unauthorised vehicle access.
- Use markings/surface treatments on the path to indicate the shared space.
- Install signs to alert path users and maintenance people of each other’s presence.
We sought feedback on the proposed design to make sure the proposal meets the needs of locals and the different users of the area in the best possible way.
The consultation closed on Friday, 9 November 2018.
- Consider all feedback and use it to help refine the design.
- Prepare and publish a report on the feedback received. The report will include any changes made to the proposed design following the feedback period.
- If you provided your contact details when you gave us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available.
The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport undertook two rounds of community consultation about a replacement balustrade for Section 3 of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path between September and December 2018.
We received a strong message from the community in the first round of consultation that they believe a height of 1.2 metres is appropriate for the boardwalk handrail and we are pleased to be able to provide this on this section of the path.
Following the second round of feedback the design and materials of a replacement balustrade for the Orakei Basin boardwalk has been selected.
The balustrade that has been selected (pictured below), from two options, comprises a mix of metal and wood, with thin metal slats to provide the best visibility of the surrounding area. This option received 67% of votes (156 votes) from the 233 people overall who took part in the survey.
We are now focused on getting the new balustrade manufactured and installed as soon as possible so that this section of the path can be fully open for everyone to enjoy.
The boardwalk is expected to be finished by the middle of 2019. The NZ Transport Agency and AT are grateful to the public for their feedback and also for their patience while the work is undertaken to complete this section of the path.
AT and NZTA sought feedback on the preferred route for section 4 in 2017, and received a good support for the preferred route.
We received many suggestions and are using this to inform the design, which is currently underway. We will share the design with the community for feedback once the initial design is complete.
The exact alignment of the route along the coastline is indicative at this stage. Further investigation during the design phase (underway) and public feedback will help us determine the best possible positioning.
Boardwalk along the coastline in Ōrākei Bay