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Mt Albert town centre upgrade

Mt Albert town centre upgrade will revitalise the heart of one of Auckland’s older suburbs, celebrating its unique character while creating a safe, pleasant, lively environment that locals can enjoy and take pride in. The upgrade is an Auckland Council and Albert-Eden Local Board joint project that will be delivered by Auckland Transport (AT).


Project status: Design
Project zone: Central



Project overview


Mt Albert is a key transport hub with more than 2,100 people using public transport every day on top of the thousands of road users travelling through the centre. 

Over the next 30 years, Mt Albert is expected to change significantly, so the new streetscape design seeks to acknowledge the past and create a legacy for the future by reconnecting the town centre with our maunga (mountain) – Owairaka Mount Albert.

The town centre upgrade will include:

  • More trees, landscaped garden areas and a pocket park on the corner of Mt Albert and New North Roads.
  • Better lighting and signage.
  • A wider, consistent footpath width through the town centre with new street furniture, and drinking fountains.
  • A new pedestrian crossing.
  • A raised cycleway, new cycle racks and improved connections through the town centre.
  • More bus shelters, seating and a wider footpath improving connections between bus and rail, including the Outer Link to the Western Line.
  • Better pedestrian access routes to the Mt Albert train station through new signage and footpath widening.
  • Better management of stormwater run-off through increased planting and landscape design.

Mt Albert Town Centre map
Image: Map of the Mt Albert town centre upgrade area.

Benefits

  • A safer, more appealing environment for pedestrians, cyclists, commuters, road users and retail and restaurant businesses.
  • More places to pause and rest and enjoy.
  • A wider footpath allows for more street activities and gives greater opportunity for on-street dining and arts and culture.
  • A greener, more attractive environment that retains on-street parking wherever possible.
  • An environment that reflects Māori cultural values.

Timeline

  • August 2014 - Mt Albert town centre upgrade incorporated into the Albert-Eden 2014-2017 Local Board Plan.
  • November 2015 - Public consultation on draft concept design.
  • February 2016 - Auckland Council concept design formally signed-off by Albert-Eden Local Board. 
  • June 2016 - Auckland Council award Design and Build contract.
  • July 2016 - February 2017 - Auckland Council and Auckland Transport finalise detailed design in series of internal workshops, consultation with Albert-Eden Local Board, a number of external stakeholders and the public.
  • December 2016 - Minor advanced enabling works start on-site.
  • 2 - 6 December 2016 - Public consultation on the right turn options from New North Road into Mt Albert Road.
  • Mid-December 2016 - Further site inspections reveal an old concrete road layer which may need to be removed before new surfacing can be laid. If this is done, other utility providers may also want to upgrade their networks as part of the project. 
  • Late January 2017 - Consultation feedback analysis reported to Auckland Transport. 
  • Early February 2017 - Final decision on right turn option.
  • Early-to-mid February 2017 - Consultation report and AT decision to be made available online.
  • Mid-to-late February 2017 - New construction timeline advised.
  • November - December 2017 - Mt Albert Town Centre upgrade complete.
  • Late 2017 & early 2018 - Post-upgrade traffic monitoring.

Project details


Proposed options for the intersection of New North Road and Mt Albert Road

Option 1: Right turn at all times

Mt Albert Option 1 - right turn at all times

Right turn into Mt Albert Rd permitted at all times, from a combined straight through and right turn lane:

Main positives:

  • Right turn into Mt Albert Rd retained (from a combined straight through and right turn lane).

Main negatives:

  • Intersection delays increase by 50% in morning peak.
  • Intersection delays increase by 300% in evening peak.
  • Likely to be increase of rat-running through local streets.
  • Significant delays to bus routes.

Option 2: Right turn banned part of the time

Mt Albert Option 2 - right turn banned part of the time


Right turn into Mt Albert Rd allowed during off-peak hours, when vehicle flows drop low enough.

Main positives:

  • More flexible approach, allowing right turns at some times of the day to be retained.

Main negatives:

  • Traffic flows are very high throughout the day – the right turn might need to be banned for say, 12 hours a day to avoid the congestion.
  • Risk of unsafe manoeuvres when ban is active.
  • Risk of driver confusion.

Option 3: Right turn banned at all times

Mt Albert Option 3 - right turn banned at all times

Right turn into Mt Albert Rd banned permanently.

Main positives:

  • Intersection delays reduce by 10-30%
  • Logical “regional” re-routing option (Richardson Rd -> Owairaka Ave).

Main negatives:

  • Wider road network accessibility and movement adversely impacted.
  • Right turning traffic re-routed through local roads.
  • Increased right turn movements into Lloyd Ave from NNR.
  • Increased right turn movements out of Allendale Ave onto Mt Albert Rd.

Option 4: Changed layout with right turn allowed at all times 

Mt Albert Option 4 - changed layout with right turn allowed at all times

Provide dedicated right turn lane in place of removed cycle lanes and allow right turns into Mt Albert Rd at all times

Main positives:

  • Right turn into Mt Albert Rd retained (from a dedicated right turn lane), with associated network benefits.
  • No additional traffic re-routed through local roads.

Main negatives:

  • 40m of the proposed cycle lanes south of the intersection will be removed (creates safety concerns that will require further assessment, mitigation and design amendment).
  • Less confident cyclists would likely ride on the footpath in a section already constrained for pedestrians.
  • Removal of 5 further car parks south of the intersection (out of 39 parking spaces in total).
  • 25m of footpath widening previously proposed south of the intersection returned to existing widths.

 Preferred right-turn option

 Option 4 is preferred by AT as it provides appropriate wider road network benefits:

  • This intersection is a strategic node and it’s important to retain full accessibility and movement to each approach through this node.
  • Better supports road network legibility and functionality.

 Prohibiting the right turn will:

  • Have adverse road network impacts, diminishing benefits outlined above.
  • Have an impact on some 1,200 vehicle movements per day making this turn.
  • Redirect this right-turning traffic and increase the propensity for rat-running through local streets.
  • Introduce some additional safety risks:
    • some traffic may perform U-turns on New North Road to head east onto Mt Albert Road.
    • increase right turn movements into Lloyd Avenue.
    • increase right turn movements out of Allendale Road.

Have your say

Feedback on 4 options for the intersection of New North Road and Mt Albert Road was open from 29 November to 16 December 2016. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback.

Feedback analysis

We've received around 1,500 responses to this proposal during the feedback period.

As a result, the start of construction has been deferred to allow adequate time to analyse and respond appropriately to feedback and conduct further utility and road structure assessments.

Late last year, road structure assessments revealed an old concrete road layer that may need to be removed before new surfacing can be laid. Utility providers may also want to upgrade their networks as part of the proposed upgrade. Both of these require further information and are likely to affect the work start date.

A final decision on road layouts and new construction dates is currently being evaluated. An update on this should be ready in March 2017, and will include a report on the feedback received and the next steps for the project.

Read our Public feedback shapes Mt Albert upgrade news story for more information.


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