Great North Road improvements Great North Road improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) is delivering walking, cycling and bus improvements along Great North Road, between Ponsonby Road and Crummer Road. The changes make the street safer for all users, especially those walking or cycling.


Project updates

  • On 15 December 2023, works will cease for the holiday period, with all roads open following this temporary reinstatement.
  • Works will resume on 3 January 2024, when we prepare for the intersection upgrade at Great North Road and Bond Street.
  • New ducting for streetlights and traffic lights will be installed.

Download a copy of the works letter (PDF 200KB)


Project overview

Great North Road improvements include:

  • safer pedestrian crossings
  • more reliable and efficient bus service
  • physically separating the cycleway from traffic
  • creating speed tables across side streets
  • larger loading zones to suit local businesses
  • more trees and landscaping.


Project background

Great North Road is a major Auckland corridor, carrying large numbers of people in and out of the City Centre. The area is changing, with more residential apartments being constructed. Around the project’s section of Great North Road, the population is expected to grow by approximately 24% by 2031.

Improved access to reliable public transport and safe walking and cycling is key, as many new developments have limited access to private vehicles.

By making public transport, walking and cycling safer and more attractive, we can create better-connected communities and give people more options for how they move around the city.

Download designs for Great North Road (PDF 18.9MB)

Project timeline

2016

Consultation on a cycleway and improvements to Great North Road

2017-2021

Design development and community engagement Project delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions

2021

Consultation on an updated design

2022

Community re-engagement in advance of construction

Late 2023 to early 2024

Preparatory works (stage one)

Early 2024 to mid 2025

Main construction (stage two)


Construction

Preparatory works began in September, 2023, and construction will be underway in early 2024.

During preparation we will dig a number of ‘test pits’ within the footpath along the length of the route. Test pits are small holes that let us check what is underground and whether it matches our plans. This prevents problems and delays during construction.

To view live travel times along Great North Road during our works period, you can click these links to see traffic flows westbound and eastbound.

View the current traffic management plan for the works on Potatau Street (PDF 196KB).

The street design

Artists impression of the road with pedestrians on the footpath, cyclists in the cycle ways and cars and buses on the road, looking towards Grey Lynn from the intersection with Northland Street

Image: View towards Grey Lynn from the intersection with Northland Street.

The improvements include a protected cycleway, new and better designed bus stops, raised pedestrian crossings, and new loading zones. These changes will make accessing Great North Road safer and easier, whether by foot, bike, bus, or car.

Bus lanes will be extended to cover the entire route, in operation between 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm, Monday to Friday. Eight new bus stops will be built, with safe access across the cycleway to a waiting area. Some existing bus stops will be moved so it’s easier to transfer between different bus services.

Raised tables on side streets and raised pedestrian crossings will reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety for people moving around Great North Road. To create space for bus lanes and a cycleway, we’ve removed the flush median along the route.

Drivers will remain able to make a right turn into side streets or to access businesses.

View towards the city centre from the intersection with Beaconsfield Street.

Image: View towards the city centre from the intersection with Beaconsfield Street.

Parking

Through consultation with the Great North Road business community, we’ve heard that on-street parking near to shops and businesses is important. Along the 1.6km route, we’ve retained parking where possible, but have prioritised safety, accessibility, and the movement of people and goods.

Since public consultation in 2021, we’ve adjusted the street design to improve sightlines around intersections. In turn, this decreases the space available for on-street parking.

Additional car parks have been created on side streets by reconfiguring existing spaces and we’re investigating the use of time restrictions to prioritise short stay parking.

We’ve also worked with businesses to ensure access for deliveries is reflected in the new street design, including the introduction of five large loading zones, suitable for vehicle transporters.

During the Potatau Street stormwater works, parking on Dean Street will be restricted to one side, to accommodate the movements of larger vehicles.

Trees and planting

Around 60 native trees and landscaping will replace 23 trees being removed to accommodate the new street design. Species to be planted include tītoki, rewarewa, cabbage tree, kānuka, pōhutukawa, horoeka, nikau and kōwhai. Each new tree will include low-level planting around its base. Bus stops and kerb buildouts will also be landscaped with species including rengarenga, maurea, toitoi, coprosma, koromiko, and flax.

Safety

This project has been designed to significantly improve safety along this stretch of road. Between 2014 and 2019, there were 11 serious injuries along the route. There have been 139 recorded crashes in this timeframe, with over 80 per cent of them occurring at intersections.

Crashes involving vulnerable road users were clustered around intersections, with 13 crashes involving motorcyclists, seven crashes involving pedestrians, and seven crashes involving people on bikes.

By installing a cycleway, crossings, and raised tables across side streets, the project will make travel safer for everyone, especially vulnerable road users.

Strategic context

Auckland Transport’s Strategic Network Plan, Future Connect, identifies this section of Great North Road as having strategic importance for people walking, cycling, driving and using public transport.

This project also helps deliver on The Auckland Plan. The Plan calls for improving the “safety, personal security and attractiveness of walking and cycling alternatives” and “investing in and integrating public transport and walking and cycling networks to provide convenient and efficient alternatives.”


Public feedback

Consultation was open from March to May, 2021. We received 274 submissions through our online survey, feedback forms, and by email. We also received a further 192 data-drops on the social pin-point platform.

Download the public feedback report (PDF 1.26MB)

Original proposal - August 2017

Read more information about the original proposal Route 4: Great North Road.


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