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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.

Features

The project is looking at various elements that make up an attractive and user-friendly street including:

  • 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.

Benefits

  • A safer, more appealing environment for pedestrians.
  • 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.

Timeline


Project details


The project to enhance K Road (and part of Upper Queen Street) has been divided in to different sections and there is a different design for each section.

A map of the sections of the project

Download more detailed plans for the entire project area (PDF 6.9MB).

As part of the design process, there were a number of discounted options which came out of previous public feedback. View the discounted options.

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

Location of section 1

On this section we are creating a greener-looking environment with less clutter on the footpath.

This will create more room for pedestrians, outdoor dining and street activities. People on bikes will be separated from pedestrians and vehicles to create a safer, more attractive environment for all. Kerbside parking will be used as bus lanes during peak traffic times.

Key features of section 1

  • Decluttered footpaths to create more room (street lights and signage relocated between the cycleway and bus/parking lane).
  • Footpath buildouts and raised tables at non-signalised side street intersections to reduce the speed of vehicles entering side streets and to prioritise the movement of pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • Remove existing footpath buildouts along K Road and relocate trees within the project area.
  • A 1.8m wide cycleway separated from the road by a raised island with sections of planting (the planted areas within the raised island are also a rain garden to help manage and treat stormwater run-off).
  • One general traffic lane in each direction.
  • Kerbside parking to be used as bus lanes during peak traffic times (Monday to Friday 7am-10am, and 4pm -7pm). Over time as bus use and traffic congestion increase, the time period for the bus lanes may need to be extended. If any further changes are proposed we will seek community feedback.
  • Relocate bus stops 7132 and 7133 (outside 278 and 261 K Rd) to Pitt Street.
  • Provide a temporary cycleway link along Pitt Street to Nelson Street. More details should be available by the end of 2017.
  • Provide off-peak parking (10am - 4pm and 7pm - 7am).

Artist impression of section 1

Artist impression of section 1

Cross-section of section 1

Cross-section of section 1

Section 1A: K Road bridge

Location of section 1A - K Road bridge

On this section, we are creating an attractive, safe and more spacious environment for pedestrians and people on bikes. Removing a traffic lane in each direction and repositioning 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.

We are still investigating whether the bus stops on one or both sides of the road can be relocated to sit within the traffic lane. This would allow the footpath to be widened, creating more space for walking and cycling.

We are still assessing whether having the bus stops in the traffic lane would significantly delay other buses. The cross-section below shows a possible outcome, where one side of the road has bus stops in the traffic lane and the other side has indented bus stops.

Artist impression of section 1A

Artist impression of section 1A

Cross-section of section 1A

Cross-section of section 1A

Section 2: Pitt Street to Queen Street

Location of section 2

This section will be delivered in two stages - an attractive and 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 interim design includes a cycleway separated from traffic and off-peak parking with moveable planter boxes. These planters allow for the street layout to be changes for special events and for trialling road layout changes.

We want your feedback on the interim design. Once the City Rail Link has been constructed, and also light rail (if it goes ahead), we will investigate a permanent solution and seek further public feedback.

Key features of section 2

  • Remove existing footpath buildouts along K Road and relocate trees within the project area.
  • Shorter informal pedestrian crossing distances.
  • A 2m wide cycleway separated from the road by moveable planters.
  • Moveable planters allow for the trialling of different street layouts.
  • Retain off-peak loading and parking in the kerbside lane.
  • Two general traffic lanes in each direction during peak times.
  • Bus stops retained in the kerbside lane.

Artist impression of section 2

Artist impression of section 2

Cross-section of section 2

Cross-section of 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. This will reduce the speed of vehicles entering side streets and prioritise the 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

Cross-section of section 3

Cross-section of section 3

Section 4: Upper Queen Street (K Road to motorway overbridge)

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

Changes to parking

There are currently 609 on street car parks in the K Road precinct area. Of these, 108 are on K Road and the rest are down side streets.

Current designs require the permanent removal of 15 car parks along K Road and approximately 8 car parks from the top of side streets. This is a reduction in on-street parking of 4%.

Additionally, all car parks on K Road between Ponsonby Road and Queen Street are proposed to be removed during peak times (7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm).

When combining the permanent and peak times parking removal, approximately 116 car parks (19%) will be removed.

There are several car parking buildings within 5 minutes’ walk of K Road, which have capacity to accommodate any excess demand for parking during peak traffic periods. We will also work with businesses to look at changes to parking restrictions in the area to better accommodate demand.

Loading zones and taxi stands will only be affected between Ponsonby Road and Queen Street during peak times. We are working with businesses on suitable alternative arrangements for deliveries during these periods.

Download a map of current and proposed parking (PDF 244KB).

Changes to trees

To accommodate the proposed design some trees will need to be relocated or removed.

To accommodate the cycle way and footpath widening, it is proposed to relocate or remove 15 nīkau palms and 8 magnolia trees along K Road. If relocated, they will be positioned within new rain gardens adjacent to their current locations. However, the magnolias may still need to be removed to accommodate double decker buses. More information on this will be provided when it is available.

The existing plane 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.

Retaining the single tree at the Mercury Lane intersection will depend on the City Rail Link upgrade to Mercury Lane.

Download the plan showing the changes to trees (PDF 633KB)

Future possible design for section 2: Pitt to Queen Street

This section will be delivered in two stages, an attractive and functional interim design, followed by a permanent design within 10 years. A possible future design is shown below.

Artist impression of possible future design for section 2


Have your say

Until 20 November 2016, we asked for your feedback on proposed designs for the different sections of the project, particularly on these design elements:

  • Improvements for pedestrians, including wider or decluttered footpaths.
  • A high quality cycleway on both sides of the road, separated from general traffic, usually by a raised island with sections of planting.
  • Relocation of bus stops.
  • Changes to traffic lanes.
  • In some sections of the road, the kerbside parking will be used as bus or traffic lanes during peak traffic times (Monday to Friday, 7am - 10am, and 4pm - 7pm).
  • Rain gardens to help manage and treat storm water run-off.
  • Tree location to create space. Additional planting.
  • Relocating loading zones and taxi stands.

Next steps

After feedback closes, we will consider all responses and use them to help refine the design for each section. We will prepare and publish a report on the feedback received, which will include any changes made to the proposal following the feedback period.

In 2017, we will seek further feedback from the community on design elements such as landscaping, street furniture, outdoor dining, cycle parking, lighting, and art.

Find out about previous rounds of public feedback.


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport