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
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:
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
throughthe 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.
Image: Map of the Mt Albert town centre upgrade area.
- 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,
moreattractive environment that retains on-street parking wherever possible.
- An environment that reflects Māori cultural values.
- August 2014 - Mt Albert town centre
upgradeincorporated into the Albert-Eden 2014-2017 Local Board Plan.
- November-December 2016 - Public consultation.
- December 2016 - Feedback analysed and final design confirmed.
- Early 2017 – Construction begins.
- November 2017 – Centre upgrade complete.
- Late 2017 & early 2018 - post-upgrade traffic monitoring.
Proposed options for the intersection of New North Road and Mt Albert Road
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:
- Right turn into Mt Albert Rd retained (from a combined straight through and right turn lane).
- Intersection delays increase by 50% in
- Intersection delays increase by 300% in
- Likely to be
increaseof rat-running through local streets.
- Significant delays to bus routes.
Option 2: Right turn banned part of the time
Moreflexible approach, allowing right turns at some times of the day to be retained.
- 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.
Riskof unsafe manoeuvres when banis active. Riskof driver confusion.
Option 3: Right turn banned at all times
Right turn into Mt Albert Rd banned permanently.
- Intersection delays reduce by 10-30%
- Logical “regional” re-routing option (Richardson Rd -> Owairaka Ave).
- 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
Provide dedicated right turn lane in place of removed cycle lanes and allow right turns into Mt Albert Rd at all times
- 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.
- 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
- increase right turn movements out of Allendale Road.
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.
We received around 1,700 responses to this proposal during the feedback period.
As a result, the start of construction has been deferred from early January to allow adequate time to analyse and respond appropriately to feedback and conduct further utility and road structure assessments. We will make a final decision on road layouts and new construction dates later in January.
Read our Public feedback shapes Mt Albert