Auckland Transport will soon commence the first of two related projects to upgrade roading infrastructure at Kumeu and Huapai to serve the new Huapai Triangle Special Housing Area (SHA) in the northwest sector of Auckland.
Project status: Design
Project zone: West
The SHA comprises 1200 dwellings including a retirement village.
It is located in a triangle of land (Huapai Triangle) bounded by the Auckland-Northland Railway to the north, which runs parallel to SH16, Station Road to the north-west and Nobilo Road to the north-east.
The project will include:
- The connection between SH16 and Station Road at Huapai where the existing intersections will be upgraded by shifting westwards and signalisation of the existing Station Rd intersection.
- Upgrading the intersection of SH16 and Access Road. Also, an additional 100-metre exit lane from Access Road was added to the scope of work recently.
- Increased road capacity for traffic volumes generated by the Huapai Triangle Special Housing Area (SHA) in north-west Auckland
- Future-proofed accessibility to the area
- Improved safety at controlled intersections and fair interchange of traffic between side roads and SH16
- The better-moderated flow of SH16
- Improved walking and cycling routes
- These improvements address issues of intersections and corridor capacity, safety and connectivity.
- Access Road - Detailed design has been completed and final designs have been confirmed. Construction is expected to start in February/March 2022.
- Station Road – Detailed design is underway. Construction expected in early 2022.
The principal connection to SH16 for SHA traffic is projected to be via Station Road north to SH16. An alternative route is to the south via Access Road. This intersects SH16 at Kumeu.
The primary purpose of the upgrades for which AT is responsible is to upgrade the capacity of the two intersections and their ability to cater for:
- increased volumes of traffic on SH16;
- improved safety and better management of traffic between SH16 and Station and Access Roads;
- Cabra Developments Ltd have upgraded Station Road between Nobilo Road and the pedestrian crossing near Huapai District School.
Kumeu - SH16 Access Road intersection
Improvements to the SH16 and Access Rd intersection will enable:
- extension of the double lanes of the SH16 westbound approach to the Access Road intersection;
- extension of the double lanes of the SH16 eastbound exit from the Access Road intersection;
- a left turn lane added to the SH16 westbound approach to Access Road intersection;
- a new shared path on the southern side of SH16;
- advanced stop boxes for cyclists on SH16;
- an additional 100m exit lane from Access Road;
- improved Access Road outlet to SH16:
- a new left-turn slip lane between the new western kerb and a new traffic island which will reduce the distance pedestrians and cyclists are required to travel to cross of SH16 (north/south) at this point, therefore, enhancing safety;
- with a new pedestrian maze in Access Road on the eastern side of the level crossing;
- with improved warning of the approach of trains.
- providing a controlled east-west pedestrian and cycle crossing over Access Road;
- further developments to the level crossing are planned between KiwiRail and SHA developers CABRA Developments Ltd. CABRA Developments Ltd. are funding KiwiRail’s safety upgrades to the level crossing.
The space for widening SH16 has been obtained by shifting the roadway northwards to occupy the planted median on the northern side of SH16, which forms the boundary between SH16 and a service lane to its immediate north. This has also required reconfiguring of the parking and traffic flows in the service lane.
Plan for SH16 and the Access Road intersection
Improvements planned to SH16 and Access Road intersection.
Huapai - SH16/Station Road intersection
A redesigned signalised intersection layout has replaced the previous gyratory design.
The new proposal to connect Station Road and SH16 is at the detailed design stage and has been agreed in principle by Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
The gyratory design has been changed due to the high level of investment required for an option that will not be needed when the Huapai bypass is built.
The new proposal provides the shifting westwards and signalisation of the existing Station Rd intersection and include new walking and cycling facilities along Station Rd. The upgrades will allow for increased traffic, and to provide better safety for drivers and pedestrians.
Improvements proposed for the SH16 and Station Road intersection include:
- the upgraded intersection at Station Rd/SH16
- realignment of Station Road intersection with SH16 approximately 40m west of its current position
- signalised intersection at Station Rd/SH16
- short right hand turning lane on SH16 eastbound approach into Station Road
- short left hand turning lane on SH16 westbound approach into Station Road
- cycling and pedestrian connections from Station Road to Main Road/SH16
- improvements at the Station Road intersection address issues related to safety and connectivity.
Following a safety audit and further consultation, we will be making the following changes to the design:
- The proposed bus stop in front of 22 Station Road has been removed. The position of the southbound bus stop opposite 24 Station Road has not changed.
- The proposed carparks along both sides of Station Road has been reconfigured for safety improvements and to reduce the impact on properties. The number of proposed carparks on Station Road will remain the same.
- Rubber speed separators will be extended alongside the parking areas between the cycleway and road to improve safety. The purpose of the separators is to force vehicles to slow down as they cross the cycleway to access car parks.
- Following a safety audit, rubber speed separators will be installed along the cycleway where vehicles need to cross the cycleway such as accessing driveways and carparks. The purpose of the separators is to force vehicles to slow down as they cross the cycleway to access car parks.
Additional information about the SHA
The Huapai Triangle Special Housing Area Roading Infrastructure Upgrade Project (Huapai SHA Project) responds to a requirement created by the Huapai Triangle Special Housing Area (SHA) of 1200 dwellings.
This SHA was permitted by the Government and Auckland Council in 2013. Signatories to the resulting contract were:
The Consenting Authorities:
- Auckland Council.
- Todd Holdings Ltd.
- CABRA Developments.
Todd Developments has since withdrawn from the Special Housing Area.
The Infrastructure providers/owners:
- Auckland Transport.
- Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
History of the SHA
In 2014 the Government entered into a Housing Accord with Auckland Council to build Special Housing Areas (SHAs). The first of these was the Huapai Triangle Special Housing Area which provided for the building of 1200 dwellings in a triangle of land at Huapai, bounded by Station Road, Nobilo Road and the Auckland – Northland Railway.
In 2015, there was an agreement between Auckland Council, NZTA, KiwiRail, AT and the then developers, Todd Property Group and CABRA Developments to upgrade the existing roading infrastructure to support the Huapai SHA development (Todd subsequently withdrew).
An Infrastructure Funding Agreement (IFA) was signed in 2017 with CABRA. This creates a broad time-frame which AT must deliver in stages of the agreed works. At the time of the concord to create the SHA, a plan was agreed for upgrading of roading infrastructure to serve the new SHA.