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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 - feedback closed Sunday 26 April 2020, last updated 25 August 2020.
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.

Around half of all Lake Road journeys are short trips, that stay within the peninsula. We want to help people making those short trips to have good alternatives to driving. This will help free up Lake Road for people making longer trips by car or who need to drive.

Safety is a major focus for AT, so the improvements aim to make people using Lake Road and Belmont safer, regardless of their mode of travel. With the high volumes of traffic, we need physically protected cycle lanes, safer pedestrian crossings and safer intersections. Of the 28 serious crashes in the area over the last 10 years, 10 of the casualties were pedestrians or cyclists.

Map of the Lake Road improvements.


  • Improved access to local destinations and multi-modal transport options
  • More reliable travel times for users of the transit lanes
  • More reliable bus services, including those connecting with ferries
  • Improved travel information
  • Safer to cycle and walk in the area, and connect to future cycleways (e.g. Northern Pathway, Francis Street cycle link)
  • Move more people within the corridor
  • Avoiding an expensive and disruptive road widening project.

Proposed approach

We’re proposing a mix of improvements within the peninsula aiming to improve travel choices and road safety.

These involve localised kerbline changes, but avoids acquiring property or extensive and disruptive construction works.

The improvements we are proposing include:

  • new transit lanes targeting the most congested parts of Esmonde Road and Lake Road
  • upgrading the existing Lake Road cycle lanes to be safer
  • implementing new cycle lanes on Bayswater Avenue and through Belmont centre
  • upgrading the environment and public spaces at Belmont centre (with Auckland Council)
  • safer and more efficient intersections
  • new technology (such as electronic roadside signs) to provide travellers with up-to-date travel information.


  • Mid 2017 - Public consultation on issues in the area
  • Late 2017/early 2018 - Completion of indicative business case
  • 2019 – Commencement of detailed business case
  • March/April 2020 – Consultation on emerging preferred options
  • May/June – public summary report issues on confirmed options
  • Mid-to-late 2021 – construction of Lake Road improvements (exact timing to be confirmed).

2020 consultation and proposals

Auckland Transport is proposing a mix of improvements within the peninsula aiming to improve travel choices and road safety. These involve localised kerbline changes, but avoiding any property impacts.

These improvements will give people more travel options to move around the peninsula, and help free up the road for those who need to drive.

The options during consultation are:

Lake Road improvements: Esmonde Road section

Artists impression of the Lake Road/Esmonde Road improvements.
Artists impression of the Lake Road/Esmonde Road improvements.

Cross section view of Esmonde Road.
Cross section view of Esmonde Road.

  • Safer intersection at Lake Road/Esmonde Road
  • Separated cycle lanes, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements
  • Converting citybound kerbside lane from Lake Road to a transit lane
  • Improved shared path on the northern side from SH1 offramp to Harbourside Church
  • Converting existing citybound bus lane to a transit lane
  • Extending transit lane to the citybound SH1 onramp
  • Improved cycle facilities linking to nearby cycling projects.

Map of Esmonde Road.

Lake Road improvements / Esmonde Road to Belmont centre

Artists impression of the Lake Road /Jutland Road improvements.
Artists impression of the Lake Road /Jutland Road improvements.

  • New electronic roadside signs with up-to-date travel information

Map of Lake Road.

Esmonde Road to Jutland Road

  • Separated cycle lanes, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements
  • Converting kerbside lanes to transit lanes.

Jutland Road to Takapuna Grammar School

  • Separated cycle lanes, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements
  • Northbound transit lane
  • Investigating underground of powerlines.

Takapuna Grammar to Egremont Street

  • Separated cycle lanes, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements
  • Parking largely retained
  • Investigating underground of powerlines.

Lake Road improvements / Bayswater Avenue to Albert Road

Bayswater Avenue

Artists impression of the Bayswater Avenue improvements.
Artists impression of the Bayswater Avenue improvements.

Cross section of Bayswater Avenue.
Cross section of Bayswater Avenue.

  • Shared path
  • Safer pedestrian and cycling facilities near Bayswater School.

Bayswater Avenue to Old Lake Road

  • Northbound transit lane
  • Separated cycle lanes, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements
  • Parking retained where possible.

Seabreeze Road / Lake Road

Artists impression of the Seabreeze Road to Albert Road improvements.
Artists impression of the Seabreeze Road / Lake Road improvements.

Cross section of Bayswater Avenue.
Cross section of Lake Road from Seabreeze Road to Albert Road.

  • New signalised pedestrian crossing
  • Separated two-way cycle lane, as well as new raised tables at side streets for safer cycling movements

Map of Bayswater Avenue.

Belmont centre improvements

Artists impression of Belmont improvements.
Artists impression of Belmont improvements.

Belmont is the largest centre along Lake Road south of Takapuna. It has around 40 shops and services in a configuration that has been largely unchanged for decades. It’s located on a busy and at times congested intersection, that many people, including students from 4 local schools, travel through every day.

In addition, since 2016 the Auckland Unitary Plan has enabled further commercial and residential development in and around Belmont Centre, which could see it redevelop and grow in the future. The centre needs improvements in order to encourage and best accommodate any potential future development.

Auckland Transport has been working with Auckland Council, the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and a group of local community stakeholders on improvements at Belmont centre. This is a key project identified in the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Plan. The improvements in the design concept proposal for Belmont aim to make the centre more of a destination and community hub, with better public spaces. The upgrade will be delivered in conjunction with Auckland Council and the Local Board. Any changes or development on privately owned land or to buildings will be up to the owners and occupiers.

Proposed features

  • Rose Gardens park experience extended towards the street edge
  • Footpaths retained on the west side, widened on the east side
  • New and additional public spaces and potential for new landscape features
  • Parking retained on both sides of Lake Road and other streets, reduced on the east side of Lake Road
  • North and southbound cycle lanes through the centre, two-way cycle lane on Bayswater Avenue
  • Shorter pedestrian crossing distances at intersection, new crossings at School Road
  • Existing buildings retained or redeveloped with active ground floor frontages.

Download a map of the Belmont centre improvements (PDF 950KB).

Public consultation

We want to ensure these proposals make access to the peninsular safe and easy. Your feedback will help us decide the final design of the project.

Feedback closed Sunday 26 April 2020.

Public feedback report 2020

Feedback is now available on the 2020 Lake Road improvements consultation.

Download the Lake Road improvements public feedback report 2020 (PDF 2MB, 64 pages).

Previous consultation

Feedback report

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

Next steps

The Council’s recent Emergency Budget did not provide AT with sufficient funding to undertake the planned detailed design phase in the 2020/21 financial year, so the project is paused until financial certainty is obtained. The Regional Land Transport Plan is currently being updated for the 2021-31 period and funding for the delivery of the Lake Road project will be considered in that prioritisation process. The prioritisation will include consideration of funding availability, urgency and stakeholders support. If funding is prioritised for the project then AT will recommence the work and will re-engage with the community and stakeholders such as the Local Board.

Indicative business case

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

Detailed business case

Download the detailed business case (PDF 22MB, 415 pages).

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