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Lake Road improvements Lake Road improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) is investigating how to improve travel choices and the reliability of travel along Lake Road and Esmonde Road, between Takapuna and the Devonport peninsula.

Project status: Investigation.
Project zone: North.

Project overview

Lake Road is the only arterial road in and out of the Devonport peninsula and, alongside Esmonde Road, serves as the main connection to the rest of the North Shore and Auckland for people living and working in the area.

The local community has raised concerns about the unpredictability of travel conditions along Lake Road during weekday peak times and during the weekends.

We want to improve the accessibility, reliability, and availability of travel choices to and from the Devonport peninsula, and make it easier and more convenient to travel to local shops, parks, beaches, and community centres.

We propose using a mix of new and re-purposed transit lanes (for higher occupancy vehicles and public transport), walking and cycling facilities, and technology solutions to improve available trip information.


  • Increase the number of people able to move through the corridor.
  • Improve access to local destinations.
  • Improve the reliability of trip times.
  • Improve access to alternative transport options, including public transport, walking and cycling.
  • Encourage more use of higher occupancy vehicles and buses.
  • Provide dedicated, safe cycling and walking facilities, as well as improving connections to the parallel “green ways”.
  • Relieve pressure on the network through travel-planning measures.


  • Mid 2017 - Public consultation on issues in the area.
  • Late 2017/early 2018 - Completion of indicative business case.
  • 2019 – Commencement of detailed business case.
  • First quarter 2020 – Consultation on emerging preferred option.
  • Second quarter 2020 – Completion of detailed business case.
  • From 2021 – Construction of improvements.

Proposed approach

We are considering a range of possible solutions to best address the corridors issues. Our investigation identified a number of improvements would work best to maximise the existing infrastructure and services, while providing greater access to alternative transport options.

There are multiple congestion points along Lake Road and people accessing the motorway are often affected by the conditions of Esmonde Road.

Our proposed approach will be exploring a range of improvements to Lake Road, Esmonde Road, and Bayswater Avenue. It is likely to include:

  • using a mix of new transit lanes (for higher occupancy vehicles and public transport).
  • improved walking and cycling facilities
  • changing the existing bus lane on Esmonde Road to a transit lane, providing easier access to the motorway for higher occupancy vehicles
  • improved integration of bus and ferry services
  • greater use of technology to convey up-to-date travel information, so travellers can make the best choice before heading out. This could be through smartphone applications showing rideshare opportunities and travel conditions, or electronic roadside signs with information on travel conditions.

Walking and cycling improvements

There are a number of local activities and destinations along Lake Road, and a large number of trips made along Lake Road are short local trips (i.e. within the peninsula). These short trips are more suited to be made by alternatives to the car, for example the bus, walking or cycling. This will help free up Lake Road for those trips that need to be made in a vehicle.

To help with this, we are planning to provide safe cycling facilities along Lake Road, and the supporting “green ways”.

We’re also looking at walking and cycling improvements for Bayswater Avenue, and improvements at key intersections along the corridor.

Public engagement

In July 2017, we sought feedback on our proposed approach, the three levels of investment (low, medium and high), and ways to improve the efficiency and reliability of travelling along Lake Road.
The preferred option was a medium investment level at $30M to $40M that meets project objectives and is faster to implement (within 5 to 10 years).

The design options under this investment level are currently being developed in a detailed business case (DBC).

This DBC involves developing specific design proposals and more detailed costs and benefits. The proposals will likely include:

  • avoiding road widening, wherever possible, recognising that a major road widening project is unlikely to be cost effective
  • conversion of the existing bus lane along Esmonde Road to a transit lane to the ramp signals, as part of an existing investigation with NZTA
  • use of transit lanes along Lake Road
  • continuous cycle facilities along Lake Road, connecting to a supporting local network
  • improved cycle facilities along Bayswater Avenue
  • technology to assist with real time journey information, (for example, real time journey planner apps and websites, traffic advisory apps, public transport tracking app) and investigating roadside variable message signs
  • improved bus/ferry integration and roll out of the New Network for North Shore.
  • continued delivery of travel planning programmes with local schools and key organisations, in particular the Navy
  • intersection improvements.

Feedback report

Download the Lake Road improvements feedback report (PDF 1.3MB, 77 pages).

Next steps

We are currently working through the DBC. Early stakeholder engagement will take place towards the end of 2019, with more engagement to follow in early 2020.

Public consultation on the medium investment option will take place in the first quarter of 2020, with more updates to follow.

Indicative business case

Download the Indicative business case draft report (PDF 1.4MB, 74 pages).

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport