Auckland Transport (AT) will close the railway level crossing connecting Sarawia Street and Laxon Terrace in Newmarket. A bridge will replace the crossing, linking Laxon Terrace with nearby Cowie Street.
Project status: Design
Project zone: Central
The removal of the existing level crossing connecting Sarawia Street and Laxon Terrace is required to:
- Improve safety at the busiest train crossing in the country.
- Allow greater frequency of services.
- Increase efficiency and effectiveness of rail operations.
- Create a quieter local environment by removing the need for crossing bells.
2012 - Public consultation began.
2013 - Analysis of crossing options and selection of preferred option (Cowie Street bridge).
2014 - Feedback from residents and key stakeholders incorporated into bridge design.
2015 - Concept design of preferred option complete. Notice of Requirement and resource consent applications lodged with Auckland Council (October). Public notification of consents (November).
2016 - Formal consent decision (June). If consent approved, consultation on detailed design.
The Newmarket level crossing is located 2 minutes northeast of Newmarket centre, where Sarawia Street meets Laxon Terrace.
In 2013, AT undertook analysis and made a decision on how Laxon Terrace will be accessed once the level crossing on Sarawia Street (known as Newmarket level crossing) is closed.
A road-over-rail bridge linking Cowie Street with Laxon Terrace was chosen as a solution. The Cowie Street bridge option was chosen due to it:
- Providing the safest access for all road users, compared to other options.
- Accommodating all modes of transport, including pedestrians and cyclists.
- Providing opportunities for improved connectivity to Newmarket Park and a planned cycling and walking route linking Parnell and Newmarket via the old Parnell rail tunnel.
- Having the least disruption due to the main work site being located on railway land, away from the majority of residential properties.
Once the bridge is built and the level crossing is closed, Sarawia Street will become a no-exit street.
The bridge design chosen by AT draws on feedback provided by the local community in late 2014.
Features of Cowie Street bridge
- Two-lane road access into and out of Laxon Terrace.
- Narrow road width and chicanes support a low-speed environment.
- Raingarden and vegetated swale provide an environmentally-friendly treatment for stormwater run-off from
bridge(see the concept drawing showing raingardens).
- Pedestrian and cycle access to Newmarket Park is maintained.
Minimisedimpact on Newmarket Park.
- Formal approval of the resource consent application was received from independent planning commissioners on 17 June 2016. AT has 30 working days to review and formally accept the recommendation.
Furtherinput will be sought from localcommunity and key stakeholders (Local Board, iwi) to help develop the design for construction.
AT began engagement with residents and community groups in November 2012, holding a public forum at the Parnell Community Centre in December 2012 and encouraging public feedback via a survey on what would replace the crossing.
Following a decision in November 2014 by the Auckland Transport Board to proceed with a bridge linking Cowie Street and Laxon Terrace, local residents were surveyed on 3 bridge options to help determine which design AT would progress. The final bridge design was presented to the public at a community meeting on 29 April 2015.
The Notice of Requirement (NoR) and associated resource consent applications for the Cowie Street bridge were lodged with Auckland Council in October 2015. Submissions in support or opposition closed on 18 November 2015 and submitters were invited to have their say at a hearing held in front of independent commissioners.
Cowie Street bridge
This option involves
Concept features of Cowie Street bridge
- Two-lane road access into and
out-ofLaxon Terrace and Youngs Lane
- Pedestrian and cycle access to Newmarket Park is maintained
- Some land acquisition will be required
- Cowie Street will experience a minor rise in traffic volume
Cowie Street Bridge image
This option is to create a new low-speed,
It is also a less expensive and simpler engineering option.
- See a map of the area (JPG 132KB)
Concept features of Furneaux Way option
- Clear sightlines to be created and maintained and approach visibility a safety priority.
- Landscaping and paving to be kept in local residential
character,and of domestic scale.
- Will also provide traffic calming, be safely lit and enhance local visual amenity.
- A traffic safety report on the Furneaux Way option (PDF 1.48MB) was carried out.
- All options allow sufficient width for emergency and large vehicles e.g.rubbish trucks.
- Current pedestrian movements through to Furneaux Way are maintained.
- Furneaux Way and James Cook Crescent will experience a minor rise in traffic volume (refer to Traffic Effects for more information).
- AT would assume responsibility for maintaining Furneaux Way as a public road.
Furneaux Way through road images
- Option 1A title 4.0m single lane shared zone (pedestrian and vehicle path) (PDF 1.76 MB)
- Option 1B title 3.3m single lane carriageway with segregated 1.5m footpath (PDF 1.70 MB)
- Option 2A title 5.5m shared zone (pedestrian and vehicle path) (1.67 MB)
- Option 2B title 5.5m two-way carriageway and 1.5m segregated footpath (PDF 1.58 MB)
The option proposes deconstruction of a two-lane road and footpath through Newmarket Park connecting Laxon Terrace to Ayr Street. This is a less expensive option than the Cowie Street
Concept features of Newmarket Park option
- Two-lane road access into and
out-ofLaxon Terrace and Youngs Lane.
- Acquisition of
Newmarketed Park landfrom Auckland Council will be required.
- Ayr Street will experience a minor rise in traffic volume (refer to Traffic Effects for more information)
- Will include traffic calming
- Will result in loss of amenity for Newmarket Park users.
Newmarket Park images
- Option 1a: New Access within existing carpark layout (PDF 4.09MB)
- Option 1b: New Access with revised carpark layout (PDF 4.16MB)
Other crossing removal options
Other options explored included:
An underpass from Sarawia Street was considered previously but dismissed due to construction and cost challenges compared to a bridge.
Over rail bridges
Options for bridges from either Sarawia Street or Cowie Street were previously explored by KiwiRail in 2011, with the Sarawia Street bridge option dismissed due to gradient issues.
Newmarket Park roads
Options for a road
Reports and consultation documents
- Bridge option one (PDF 3MB)
- Bridge option two (PDF 3MB)
- Bridge option three (PDF 3MB)
- Chosen bridge option - mix of option two and three (PDF 2MB)
- Community feedback report (PDF 250KB)
- Multi-criteria analysis report (PDF 1.8MB)
- Get more background reports and consultation documents.