The independent planning commissioners' recommendation for a bridge to replace the Sarawia Street level crossing has been appealed. We are currently working with those who lodged the appeal to address their concerns.
If this is unsuccessful, an Environment Court hearing (most likely in early 2017) will decide whether the appeal should be upheld.
The AT Board has formally accepted the recommendation by independent planning commissioners for the construction of a bridge to replace Sarawia Street level crossing.
Later this year we expect to consult with the community on aspects of the bridge design.
AT has received approval from independent planning commissioners for the construction of the Cowie Street overbridge that will replace the Sarawia Street level crossing.
AT has 30 working days to review and formally accept the recommendation.
AT has lodged a Notice of Requirement (NoR) and associated resource consent applications with Auckland Council. The NoR and consent applications are publicly notified, which means anyone can make a submission in support or opposition.
Submitters will be invited to have their say at a hearing held in front of independent commissioners. Submissions close 18 November 2015.
On 29 April, AT held a community meeting to present the bridge design which we will apply for consents to build. The design was developed using feedback from local residents during consultation in late 2014.
The Auckland Transport Board has upheld its decision to proceed with the Cowie Street overbridge option as a
Read the review of crossing options (PDF 1.3MB)
The Auckland Transport Board has commissioned an independent review of all options for the closure of the Sarawia Street level crossing, the results of that review will be announced shortly.
On 22 September, AT held a community meeting to discuss our assessment of the underpass design submitted by the Cowie Street Residents' Association.
We also discussed initial concept designs for a bridge connecting Cowie Street and Laxon Terrace, which we'll soon mail to the local community for feedback.
AT is holding a community meeting on Monday 22 September 2014 at 6.30pm at the Parnell Community Centre (Parnell Room), 545 Parnell Road, Parnell. We'll discuss our review of an alternative underpass design submitted by the Cowie Street Residents' Association and present some bridge concept designs.
The closure of the Newmarket railway level crossing has been rescheduled to 2016 and the new Cowie Street bridge will be completed mid-2016.
The tender to design the bridge has been issued and the award is planned for mid-May. We expect to have a draft design of the bridge in June.
AT has decided how Laxon Terrace will be accessed once the Sarawia Street level crossing (known as the Newmarket level crossing) is closed.
A Scheme Assessment Report has been completed for the project which considers the feasibility and impacts of all identified options.
Among those identified are the three short-listed options presented to the community in December 2012 along with a re-investigation into the feasibility of an underpass linking Sarawia Street and Laxon Terrace.
The recommendations of the report are before the Auckland Transport Board for a decision on a preferred option. The Board is expected to announce its decision on the project early in 2014.
The refined option scope includes:
- Furneaux Way option: inclusion of a pedestrian/cycle bridge from Cowie Street or Sarawia Street to Laxon Terrace
- Cowie Street bridge option: no change
- Newmarket Park option: inclusion of a pedestrian/cycle bridge from Cowie Street or Sarawia Street to Laxon Terrace
The refined options were presented to the Waitemata Local Board.
Documents related to Cowie Street Residents' Association Sarawia Street underpass proposal
- Report on underpass proposal from the Cowie Street Residents' Association (CSRA) Sarawia Street (PDF 241KB)
- Appendix 2 - The solution for the Newmarket Level Crossing closure: Sarawia Street underpass, April 2014 - Cowie Street Residents' Association (PDF 2.6MB)
- Appendix 3 - The solution for the Newmarket Level Crossing closure: Sarawia Street underpass fully compliant update, August 2014 - Cowie Street Residents' Association (PDF 3.5MB)
- Appendix 4 - Minutes of meeting, Opus and Harris Foster Consulting Group, held 20 June 2014 (PDF 102KB)
- Appendix 5 - Sarawia Street Underpass Alternative Design Assessment - Opus (PDF 276KB)
- Appendix 6 - Review of Sarawia St underpass report, August 2014 - Opus (PDF 369KB)
- Appendix 7 - Cowie Street Residents' Association, Sarawia Street underpass, Traffic Engineering Summary - Traffic Planning Consultants Ltd (PDF 514KB)
Newmarket crossing reports and consultation materials
- Report to the AT Board September 2013 recommending the Cowie St option (PDF 797KB)
- Report to the AT Board May 2013 (PDF 460KB)
- Attachment to report to the AT Board May 2013 (PDF 2MB)
- AT Presentation to the Waitemata Local Board meeting 11 June 2013 (PDF 1MB)
- Answers to questions identified during the public forum and in correspondence (PDF 197KB)
- Sarawia Street Crossing survey results April 2013 (PDF 339KB)
- Presentation from the public forum held on 12 December 2012 (PDF 890KB)
- KiwiRail fact sheet describing the impact of the level crossing on rail operations in greater detail (PDF 300KB)
The following three files make up the Newmarket Level Crossing Scheme Assessment Report (September 2013), which is published for stakeholders requiring detailed information on the scheme:
- Main report (PDF 1.6MB)
- Appendices 1-4: Traffic analysis/options/RMA report/maps (PDF 9.6MB)
- Appendices 5-7: CPTED Report/Option information/Business case (PDF 14.6MB)
Note: The Scheme Assessment report has been redacted to protect the privacy of people, property and professional advice to Auckland Transport.