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Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, Westmere improvements Grey Lynn, Arch Hill, Westmere improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) has developed improvements for pedestrians, people on bikes, and bus users on 4 routes in the wider Grey Lynn area.

Project status: Construction.
Project zone: Central.

Project overview

The project is comprised of various improvements for pedestrians, people on bikes and bus users across 4 routes around the Grey Lynn area. Find the feedback results for each route:

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Route 1: Surrey Crescent to Garnet Road

Find out more about the route that runs via Old Mill Road.

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Route 2: Richmond Road

Find out about the route that runs along Richmond Road from Surrey Crescent to Parawai Crescent.

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Route 3: Greenways Route

Find out about the route that runs from Richmond Road to Great North Road.

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Route 4: Great North Road

Find out more about the improvements to the section of Great North Road between Crummer Road and Ponsonby Road.

Map showing the proposed routes

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  • High-quality, safe cycle routes in the Grey Lynn area, linking parks, shops and other cycle facilities that cater for people with a range of confidence levels.
  • Improved road crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Reduced traffic speed on and around the proposed routes.
  • Changes to bus stop layout and spacing by relocating and/or merging bus stops for more efficient services or to accommodate cycling facilities.
  • Increase bus priority by extending bus lane operating hours, and physically extending bus lanes in several locations, on Great North Road.

Changes to on-street parking is required in some locations. General details about changes to parking are provided for each route on their project page.


  • Safe and attractive routes in the Grey Lynn area for people who currently cycle and to encourage more people to cycle
  • Improved transport choices for the local community
  • Improved pedestrian safety
  • Safer travel to school for children by active modes
  • Improved bus efficiency and reliability
  • Safer intersection layouts
  • Improved accessibility for people to walk and cycle to their local shops.

Research indicates that people on bikes generally spend less per journey than people in cars, but because they find it easier to stop at shops, they tend to visit more often. As a result, people on bikes can spend more over time than people in cars.


  • Feedback: 16 September to 21 October 2016.
  • Construction: begin mid 2017; complete by the end of 2018.


We asked for feedback to help us improve the designs, and in the case of Route 1, identify which option is most suitable for the community.

The public feedback period that ran from 16 September to 21 October 2016 has now closed. We received 745 submissions over the four routes, which helped us recognise and improve any issues that the community might have with the proposal. We have compiled the feedback into common themes and written a report outlining the decisions made for each route.

We are now in the detailed design phase of the project, where we refine the designs and work out the little details.

View the details for each route:

Project background

In March 2016, AT sought public feedback to identify and improve the key cycle routes that connect people with their places of work, local shops, schools, tertiary institutions, parks and other community facilities, for the area between Pt Chevalier and the city fringe (bounded by the Northwestern Motorway and the sea). The feedback received strongly supported AT’s proposed network of cycling routes.

We have now revised the network and we are moving towards implementing parts of it.

Our changing Auckland

Auckland is growing and changing. Our roads are becoming increasingly congested and in many areas building and widening roads is no longer a feasible or cost effective option. To keep Auckland moving we need to give people more transport choices, which means using the space we have available carefully.

Transport modes such as walking, cycling and public transport can move more people within the same space as a traffic lane, and are often more cost effective to construct and maintain. If we can make these modes of transport efficient, safe and appealing, then we are giving people a viable alternative to the car, and over time we can increase the number of people walking, cycling and using public transport.

This will help manage congestion on our roads and could create streets that are more attractive and inviting for residents, businesses, shoppers and other users.

A city for bikes

People on bikes are part of the vision for a more accessible liveable city. In December 2015, Transport Minister Simon Bridges opened Te Ara I Whiti (The Lightpath) – the colourful pink path that makes use of a disused motorway off-ramp and connects to Nelson Street Cycleway. Since opening, the path has averaged 840 cycle trips every day. This demonstrates that if we provide safe cycle routes, they will attract people on bikes.

Creating a connected network of cycle routes across the city is a priority for AT, Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency. The three organisations are working together on a three year $200 million programme of investment in cycling to make it safer and more convenient to travel by bike.

Central Government has made a significant contribution to funding through the Urban Cycleways Programme. The programme will make it easier for people to travel by bike for everyday activities - going to places of work, education and leisure.