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Karangahape Road enhancements Karangahape Road enhancements

Karangahape Road (K Road) is a joint project with Auckland Council that aims to preserve the road's unique character, while creating a street environment that supports the local community and meets the needs of a growing population.

Project status: Design.
Project zone: Central.

Project overview

K Road is a colourful hub and popular destination, with a flourishing residential and business community. Thousands of people walk along K Road every day and it is one of the busiest cycle routes in Auckland. By 2018, there will be 63 buses travelling between Ponsonby Road and Pitt Street every hour (during peak times).

Things are only going to get busier, with the completion of the City Rail Link in 2023 (K Road will have a new station on Mercury Lane), and a potential light rail station on upper Queen Street bringing large numbers of people to the area.

We want to make K Road a more attractive place for businesses, residents, and its other users while also making sure it is ready for the changes ahead.


  • Improvements for pedestrians.
  • A separated cycleway in each direction that will connect to a network of existing and planned cycleways in the area.
  • Peak hour bus lanes.
  • Bus stop relocations.
  • Traffic flow.
  • Rain gardens, trees and landscaping.
  • Changes to parking.
  • Upgraded street lighting.
  • Street furniture, cycle parking, arts and culture.
  • Opportunities for outdoor dining and street activities.


  • A safer, more appealing pedestrian environment.
  • More space for outdoor dining and street activities.
  • A safer, more attractive route for people on bikes.
  • Improved transport choices for the local community.
  • Improved bus efficiency and reliability.
  • A greener, more attractive environment.
  • An environment that reflects Māori cultural values.


  • June - July 2018 - Community engagement: precinct parking plan, construction plan, street design. 
  • August - September 2018 - Community engagement continued. 
  • Late 2018 - Construction contractor appointed. 
  • Late 2018 - Construction plan finalised. 
  • Early 2019 - Construction starts.
  • Early 2020 - Construction complete.


The project will cost around $16m. Around 56% is funded by Auckland Council, with AT and central government making up the balance. The budget reflects a design-led project, constructed using high quality materials, appropriate to Karangahape Road’s city centre location and unique character.

Project details

The Karangahape Road Enhancements project has been divided in to five different sections each with a different design.

A map of the sections of the project

Section 1: Ponsonby Road to Pitt Street (excluding K Road bridge)

Location of section 1

From Ponsonby Road to Pitt Street we are looking to create a greener environment with less clutter on the footpath. This would provide more room for pedestrians, outdoor dining and street activities.

People on bikes will be separated from pedestrians and vehicles, creating a safer environment for all. All kerbside parking will convert to bus lanes during peak hours.

Key features of section 1

  • Decluttered footpaths to create more room.
  • Custom street furniture designed to fit the space available.
  • Raised tables on side streets creating a safer environment for pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • A 1.8m separated cycle lane on each side of the road.
  • Enhanced landscaping including new tree planting and rain gardens.
  • Kerbside lanes on Karangahape Road will be dedicated bus lanes during peak time (7am-10am & 4pm-7pm Mon-Sat).
  • Parking and loading will be available on Karangahape Road outside of peak time.
  • Relocate bus stops 7132 and 7133 (outside 278 and 261 Karangahape Road) to Pitt Street.
  • Provide connection to Nelson Street for people on bikes.

Cross-section of section 1

Cross-section of section 1

Artist impression of section 1

Artist impression of section 1

Section 1A: Karangahape Road bridge

Location of section 1A - K Road bridge

On the Karanghape Road Bridge the focus is on creating a more attractive, safer and more spacious environment for pedestrians and people on bikes. Removal of a traffic lane in each direction and re-positioned bus stops and shelters will create space for a cycleway and a wider footpath.

Key features of section 1A

  • Wider footpaths.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • One general traffic lane in each direction.
  • A 1.5m wide cycleway running behind the bus shelters. Coloured surfacing and a textured edge will separate the cycleway from the footpath and bus stop/shelter areas.

Cross-section of section 1A

Cross-section of section 1A

Artist impression of section 1A

Bridge - concept design resized

Section 2: Pitt Street to Queen Street

Location of section 2

This section will be delivered in 2 stages: a functional interim design, followed by a permanent design within 10 years.

When the City Rail Link is completed in 2023, and if the light rail project goes ahead, pedestrian flows will increase and traffic flows are likely to change along this section of the road. An interim solution allows flexibility, so if necessary, the design can be updated as the use of K Road changes.

The design will include a cycleway separated from traffic and off-peak parking. We are currently developing interim options for installing a robust separation barrier.

Once the City Rail Link has been constructed, we will investigate a permanent solution and seek further public feedback.

Key features of section 2

  • Two general traffic lanes in each direction during peak times.
  • Kerbside lanes on Karangahape Road will be dedicated bus lanes during peak time (7am-10am & 4pm-7pm Mon-Sat).
  • Parking and loading will be available outside of peak time.
  • Remove existing footpath buildouts along K Road and relocate trees within the project area.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • A 2m separated cycleway on each side of the road.

Artist impression of section 2

Artist impression of possible future design for section 2

Section 3: Queen Street to Symonds Street

Location of section 3: Queen St to Symonds St

On this section, we are using raised cycleways to provide a safe environment for people on bikes while retaining the existing traffic lanes.

Key features of section 3

  • A 1.8m-wide raised cycleway, level with the footpath.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • Kerb buildouts and a raised table at the Liverpool Street intersection, reducing speed of vehicles entering side streets and prioritising movement of pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Reduced footpath width on the southern (cemetery) side of the road.
  • Retain existing traffic lanes.
  • Retain existing on-street parking.
  • Retain bus stops on both sides of the road.
  • Retain existing trees.

Artist impression of section 3

Artist impression of section 3

Section 4: Upper Queen Street 

Location of section 4

On this section, a separated cycleway will connect to the network of existing and planned cycleways which provide access to different parts of the city centre and the wider Auckland area.

Key features of section 4

  • No changes to the width of the footpath.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • A 1.8m wide cycleway separated from the road by a raised island.
  • Remove the painted central median and narrow the traffic lanes to create space for the cycleway.
  • Retain existing traffic lanes.
  • Retain existing on-street parking.

Cross-section of section 4

Cross-section of section 4

Karangahape Road business and pedestrian surveys

In June 2018 we commissioned two community surveys. The first, interviewed Karangahape Road precinct businesses and the other spoke to people on and around Karangahape Road – a ‘pedestrian intercept survey’. We conducted similar surveys in 2016 and were interested to compare views of the Karangahape Road community then and now. The Karangahape Road Business Association (KBA) helped us shape the survey to be relevant to the precinct and the upcoming construction.

Find out more and download the pedestrian survey report (PDF 2.5MB)

Find out more and download the business survey report (1.7MB)

Changes to parking

There are currently 501 on street car parks (including loading, mobility & taxi parking) in the K Road precinct. Of these, 91 are on K Road and the rest down side streets. Current designs will see 19 car parks along K Road and 8 car parks from the top of side streets removed.

In peak times (Monday to Saturday - 7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm) all car parks on K Road between Ponsonby Road and Queen Street will be removed. At these times there will be 416 (367 car parking spaces, 44 loading zones, 3 mobility park) parks available. This is a 14 % reduction from current parking availability.

In the off peak period there will be 483 (407 car parking spaces, 62 loading zones, 8 taxi parks, 4 mobility parks) parks available. This is a 4% reduction from current parking availability.

To offset this we developed a parking plan to maximise parking options in the precinct once the Enhancements project is complete. The plan is focused on supporting the local community and visitors to the area. It looks to increase parking availability and turnover by prioritising short stay parking and loading zone access in peak times.

The plan would:

  • Extend current paid parking hours from 6pm to 9pm.
  • Increase the number of loading zones at the top of side streets.
  • Remove $10 all-day parking at Upper Queen Street car park, to free up short-stay customer parking.
  • Review the location of taxi and mobility spaces.

In March and early April we asked how you’d like parking to work on Karangahape Road when the enhancement project is complete. We shared an early version of a parking plan with the Karangahape Road Business Association and Design Reference Group before asking the community if we were on the right track and how it could be improved.

What you told us

  • More loading zones.
  • Paid parking expansion.
  • 9pm finish on Karangahape Road but not down side streets.
  • Fewer taxi stands.
  • More mobility parks.
  • More parking spaces.

Changes we’ve made

  • More off-peak loading zones on Karangahape Road. Loading zones become
    taxi stands after 9pm.
  • Expansion of paid parking to operate in two zones:
    • Karangahape Road and top of side streets, 8am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday.
    • Remainder of side streets 8am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
  • Replaced eight taxi stands for parking and mobility spaces.
  • More off-peak mobility spaces.
  • Added 17 extra car parks on Karangahape Road and down side streets.
  • Added extra motorcycle parking.

What happens next

  • July 2018 – November 2018 – Formal process to legalise parking changes.
  • November 2018 – January 2019 - Changes not affected by construction put in place before work starts.
  • Paid parking introduced on side streets west from Edinburgh Street.
  • Remove $10 all-day parking at Upper Queen Street car park Early 2020 - All other changes in place once construction is complete.

Download the updated parking plan maps (PDF 855KB)

To find out more and download the parking plan report (PDF 1.2MB, pages 34)

Changes to trees

To accommodate the cycle way and footpath widening, 9 trees will be removed and another 11 relocated within the precinct. The relocated trees will be positioned within the new rain gardens adjacent to their current locations.

20 new trees will be planted, increasing the total number by 11. The main species will be Nikau, with some Pohutukawa or other native species. Rain gardens and low level planting will also ‘green’ the corridor.

Existing Trees on Upper Queen Street and between Queen Street and Symonds Street will be retained with the exception of the tree closest to Canada Street. This will be removed to allow for the new cycle way.

Have your say

Major themes in feedback

Our latest public consultation on the proposed K Road enhancements ran from 18 October until 20 November 2016.

We received 508 submissions through our online and hard-copy feedback forms, with feedback on the whole project as well as on each of the 5 sections.

We also received feedback through a number of other sources: the K Road Business Association and a survey of its members (140 responses), a survey undertaken by Generation Zero (990 responses), and from the Waitematā Local Board.

Most feedback was strongly supportive of our proposed enhancements. Based on this feedback, we will proceed with the layout as proposed.

K Road character

Your comments reinforced our design focus on retaining and enhancing the unique character and feel of K Road.

Separated cycleways

We received a huge amount of feedback in support of the proposed protected cycle lanes, particularly around the separation from cars and buses.

Increased bus lane priority

Feedback suggested extending the bus lane hours and route, and replacing more parking with bus lanes. AT will implement extended bus lane hours as proposed. Hours may be further extended in future, if required.

Availability of car parking

Removal of peak-hour car parking was a major concern for members of the K Road Business Association (KBA) and some members of the public. We will work with the KBA on a parking management plan to help address these concerns.

Use of footpath space

We received strong support for the proposed reallocation of footpath space, and many suggestions for enhancing its use which we will look at in our detailed design phase.

More greenery, less tree removal

Your comments ranged from support for the proposed tree relocations and plantings, to alternative tree and planting suggestions, and concern about the loss of existing trees. We will work with our designers and arborists to manage tree relocations and explore opportunities for additional plantings. We will also reconsider the cycle ramp placement at Canada Street so we can retain the plane tree.

Managing potential conflict between pedestrians, people on bikes, and buses at bus stops

Some feedback expressed concern about the potential for conflict between users where the cycle lane goes behind bus stops on the K Road bridge. We think the proposed design will reduce conflict, but will consider this further during the detailed design phase. We also plan to keep clear space at the back of the bus shelters, paint the cycle lane a different colour to the footpath, and make the bus shelters transparent to increase visibility.

Feedback report

Read the full Karangahape Rd feedback report (PDF 9MB)

Find out about previous rounds of public feedback.

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport