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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

  • February/March 2016 - Community feedback on opinions of K Road and how it could be improved.
  • April/May 2016 - Community feedback on initial design options.
  • October/November 2016 - Community and public feedback on full project designs.
  • Early 2017 - Results of feedback; development of detailed designs.
  • Mid 2017 - Further community feedback on design elements.
  • Late 2017 - Consenting and finalisation of design.
  • 2018 - Construction.

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 re-positioning 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 2 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 asked for 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

Possible future possible design for section 2: Pitt to Queen Street

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. 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)


Have your say


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.

Major themes in feedback

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 K Road feedback report (PDF 7.4MB)

Next steps

Later in 2017, we will seek further community feedback on the detailed design elements of the project so we can finalise plans for construction. Suggestions and issues that we will address at the detailed design stage include:

  • Colour of the cycleway and design of the cycleway buffer between Pitt and Queen Streets.
  • Street furniture including seating.
  • Lighting.
  • Artwork.
  • Bike parking.
  • Landscaping including planting additional nīkau palms.
  • Additional pedestrian crossings.
  • Intersection design.
  • Interactions between cyclists and pedestrians at bus stops.

We expect to begin construction in 2018.

Find out about previous rounds of public feedback.


For more information

Contact Auckland Transport