Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing to improve access to public transport during the Mt Eden City Rail Link (CRL) construction while supporting Auckland’s long-term vision to for safe, multi-modal transport options.
Project status: Consultation - feedback closed 3 June 2020.
Project zone: Central
Auckland Transport is proposing a range of changes in response to the City Rail Link (CRL) upgrade of Mt Eden Train Station.
The station will close from July 2020* for four years to enable the upgrade.
We are working with the City Rail Link team to make it safe and easy to access alternative public transport in your area during the works, and to avoid heavy vehicle traffic on Mt Eden Road and New North Road.
The proposed changes include:
- a new free bus service – Route 64 – connecting to Newmarket via Mt Eden Station for those unable to access train services due to the CRL works
- creating two new bus stops on Boston Road for Route 64
- relocating two bus stops and shelters from the rail overbridge on Mt Eden Road
- providing safer access to bus stops by installing new traffic signals and pedestrian crossings at the Mt Eden Road/ Akiraho Street/ Enfield Street intersection
- managing heavy vehicle movements to and from the Mt Eden Station CRL works site and providing a safe place to cross the road by installing new traffic signals at the New North Road/Ngahura Road intersection
- making it safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users to travel along this section of New North Road by widening footpaths, installing a cycle lane, and instating a trial southbound bus lane
- relocating two bus stops closer to the proposed traffic signals at the New North Road/Ngahura Road intersection.
* Closure was originally planned from 30 May 2020 but was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Planned dates are subject to change – we will update you if this occurs.
A number of changes are needed to provide safe access to public transport in this area while the CRL Mt Eden Station works are in progress.
1. Mt Eden Road between Sylvan Avenue East and Boston Road
- Relocate the bus stops and shelters currently located on the rail overbridge as this will undergo works as part of the CRL station upgrade
- from 26 Mt Eden Road to 40-42 Mt Eden Road (southbound); removal of eight car park spaces to enable the relocation
- from 97 Mt Eden Road to 103-109 Mt Eden Road (northbound); removal of seven car park spaces to enable the relocation
- Kerb buildouts at both relocated bus stops for double-decker bus clearance
- Install traffic signals at the Mt Eden Road/Akiraho Street/Enfield Street intersection with signalised pedestrian crossings on all approaches.
- Remove the right-hand turn from Mt Eden Road into Enfield Street to maintain traffic flow.
A prior safety assessment found a low level of vehicles turning right into Enfield Street. There are several alternative side streets offering access to Enfield Street. The safety assessment confirmed there would be minimal impact on the safety of these alternative routes.
2. Boston Road
AT proposes to install two new bus stops for the new 64 bus route that will connect to Newmarket via Mt Eden, in the following locations:
- Outside 14 – 22 Boston Road, removing five on-street car park spaces to make way for the bus stop
- Outside 69 – 73 Boston Road, removing three on-street car park spaces to make way for the bus stop.
3. New North Road between Dominion Road interchange and Mt Eden Road
AT proposes installing traffic signals at the New North Road/Ngahura Street intersection to enable heavy vehicle access to and from the Mt Eden CRL works site. A range of other changes are needed to support the proposed signals and the safe movement of pedestrians, cyclists, and all other road users, as follows:
- Convert Virginia Avenue East to become completely one-way. The first 40 metres will no longer allow vehicle access back to New North Road
- Wider footpaths to improve pedestrian access and safety
- New broken yellow lines on Ngahura Street to enable truck movements. This will remove 5 parking spaces
- Relocate the bus stop and shelter from 123 New North Road to 83 New North Road (northbound). This will require the removal of five parking spaces
- Relocate the bus stop and shelter from 98-110 New North Road to 78-96 New North Road (southbound). This will require the removal of four car park spaces
- Installation of a trial outbound bus lane from north of Flower Street to Ngahura Street. This will operate between 4-7pm and replace the existing clearway
- Extend the existing on-road cycle lane up to Ngahura Street on a 6 month trial basis
- Install cycle paths through parts of the intersection to protect cyclists from turning trucks
- An on-road cycle lane (southbound) from the intersection which will remove 6 car park spaces The cycle lane will be extended at a later date as part of another project.
Consultation outcome - Mt Eden Road & Boston Road
We considered all the feedback received during the three-week consultation period 6 – 27 May, 2020 and in discussions with directly affected parties.
As a result, Auckland Transport will proceed with all the changes proposed for Mt Eden Road and Boston Road respectively.
Further to these changes, the bus shelter to be relocated from the overbridge to outside 40 – 42 Mt Eden Road will be positioned:
- away from both entrances to 40-42 Mt Eden Road to maintain accessibility.
to ensure advertising on this building will remain clearly visible to the public.
- 1.5 metres back from the kerb edge to maintain the minimum space required for those in wheelchairs or with prams to manoeuvre into and out of the bus shelter and the bus.
- along with the existing rubbish as part of the shelter relocation, Auckland Council will continue to maintain the rubbish bin.
The changes will be implemented from August 2020.
Consultation outcome - New North Road
We considered all the feedback received during the three-week consultation period 13 May - 3 June, 2020 and in discussions with directly affected parties.
As a result, Auckland Transport will proceed with all the changes proposed with the following exceptions:
- The raised table proposed for Virginia Avenue East - instead a red-coloured surfacing will be installed to alert drivers to slow down.
- The tree adjacent to the relocated bus stop outside 78 -96 New North Road may need to be be removed rather than trimmed. Upon further discussion, the arborists recommended removal due to the large scale of work required to trim the tree. We are currently addressing this issue with Auckland Council.