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Point Chevalier improvements Point Chevalier improvements

We plan to make it safer and more accessible for people to walk and ride a bike along Point Chevalier Road, Meola Road and part of Garnet Road as well as improve public transport connections.


Project status: Awaiting funding decision - last updated 15 July 2020.
Project zone: Central


Project overview

From the Great North Road intersection at Point Chevalier town centre to the Westmere shops, there are plans for separated cycleways, improved crossing facilities, a bus lane on Pt Chev Road and measures to provide a safer environment for all road users.

The plans have been influenced by community feedback from 2019 as well as the previous consultation in 2017 during which the community provided some insightful feedback which we took on board. The community helped us recognise that we needed to go back and re-look at the project.

The community feedback in 2017 helped us recognise that we needed to go back and re-look at the project. We then collaborated with a community liaison group, comprising of local residents and stakeholders, to help improve the design which we sought feedback on in 2019.

Timeline

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on AT and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which will reduce AT's capital and operating budgets.

This could mean this project is delayed. We will update this page when we know more about how this project will be impacted by the current budget constraints. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.


Project details

As part of the 2019 consultation, we proposed the following improvements:

  • Single direction off-road cycleways on each side of Point Chevalier Road.
  • A two-way directional cycleway on the northern side of Meola Road.
  • A single directional cycleway on each side of a section of Garnet Road.
  • Raised tables on side streets on Pt Chev Road, Meola Road and a section of Garnet Road.
  • Signalising the Pt Chev Road/Meola Road intersection.
  • Improved crossing facilities at:
    • Outside 67 Pt Chev Road, near Tui Street, signalise the existing crossing.
    • Outside 199 Pt Chev Road, near Walker Street, improve existing crossing with a raised table (not signalised).
    • 249 Meola Road, near Walford Road, improve existing crossing with a raised table (not signalised)
    • Meola Road Reserve West Entrance (turn the pedestrian refuge into a raised zebra crossing).
    • Between MOTAT and Seddon Fields entrance (turn pedestrian refuge into a raised zebra crossing).
  • New pedestrian crossings at:
    • Outside 119 Pt Chev Road, near Miller Street, a new signalised crossing.
    • Outside 151 Pt Chev Road, near Formby Avenue/Wakatipu Street, a new raised zebra crossing (not signalised).
    • Raised zebra crossings on all approaches at the Garnet Road and Meola Road roundabout.
  • Moving and combining some bus stops in order to improve safety by aligning their locations with pedestrian crossings. A raised crossing is level with the footpath but raised from the road with ramps on each side for vehicles to slow their speed.

Map of Point Chev improvements

Point Chevalier Road

On Point Chevalier Road, we proposed:

  • Single direction off-road cycleways on each side the road.
    • Removing the central median to do so.
  • Raised tables on some side streets.
  • Signalising the Pt Chev Road/Meola Road intersection.
  • New and improved crossing facilities.
    • Outside #67, near Tui Street, signalise the existing crossing.
    • Outside #119, near Miller Street, a new signalised crossing.
    • Outside #151, near Formby Avenue/Wakatipu Street, a new crossing (not signalised).
    • Outside #199, near Walker Street, existing crossing to remain (not signalised).

Your community told us that retaining as much parking as possible is important. Therefore, where possible, we propose retaining parking on the eastern side of Point Chevalier Road and creating single direction, off-road cycleways on each side of the road. This will provide people on bikes with physical separation from vehicles which will improve safety and help to encourage less confident riders to cycle more.

Artist impression of Point Chevalier Road
Caption: Impression of Pt Chev Road after the proposed changes.

 Bus lane on Point Chevalier Road

To improve public transport in the area, we proposed to install a southbound bus lane on Point Chevalier Road between 60 metres south of Wakatipu Street and Great North Road. The bus lane would operate during peak-hour traffic between 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm, Monday - Friday. Parking will be prohibited during those operating hours and only be permitted outside of those times. No traffic lanes will be removed as part of this process. We will simply be making better use of the available space. 

On this section of Pt Chev Road, there are currently 12 buses per hour during peaks, including two frequent routes, with capacity to carry around 900 people. The buses here have been experiencing significant delays.

We commissioned a study into bus travel times on Pt Chev Road which took account of GPS travel time data, Google traffic data and AT’s traffic performance data. The Monday-Friday data was reviewed month-by-month between March and August 2019. The data shows that public transport journey times would improve if a bus lane was implemented. It will also ensure that bus travel times will be more reliable.

Benefits of proposed bus lane on Pt Chev Road

The proposed bus lane goes from the Wakatipu Street intersection along Point Chevalier Road to the bus stop just before Great North Road.

Pt Chev Cyle Way and Bus Priority lane info

Download the benefits of proposed bus lane on Pt Chev Road infographic (PDF 300KB).

Meola Road

On Meola Road, we proposed:

  • A two-way cycleway on the northern side of Meola Road.
  • A raised table on Walford Road.
  • Raised pedestrian crossings near Walford Road and between the Seddon Park and MOTAT entrances. The existing pedestrian refuge near the Lemington Reserve will remain.
  • Improving the existing pedestrian facilities.

In order to provide a cycleway on Meola Road and make the street safer for everyone, parking will need to be removed on both sides of the road. A new carpark is planned to be built on the MOTAT site which will provide around 350 new parking spaces to the precinct. This will alleviate the loss of any car parks that would be removed on Meola Road in the Seddon Field, MOTAT area.

Artist impression of Meola Road
Caption: Impression of Meola Road after the proposed changes.

Garnet Road

On Garnet Road, we proposed:

  • Single direction off-road cycleways on both sides of Garnet Road from Meola Road to Oban Road.
  • To make it safer for pedestrians and people on bikes by providing raised tables at the Garnet Road/Meola Road roundabout.
  • A raised table on Westmere Crescent.

Artist impression Garnet Road
Caption: Impression of Garnet Road after the proposed changes.

Download the detailed plans and cross sections

Download detailed plans for each road (PDF 4.2MB).

Download the cross sections plans for the project (PDF 637KB)

Listening to your community

Trees

We have tried to find ways to minimise tree removal and collaborated closely with arborists on the designs. We focused on retaining and planting even more native trees. The pōhutukawa trees will be retained on Point Chevalier Road.

Arborists have told us that many of the trees on Meola Road were introduced from Australia and are not in a healthy state at the moment. We received recommendation to remove some of those trees on Meola Road and replace them with native trees that are appropriate for the space and area available. This will also benefit our native birds which prefer native trees. It will also help to create the safest possible outcome for the community by enabling us to provide better road widths for motorists and a more consistent cycleway width for people on bikes.
Some trees will also need to be pruned for the safety of large vehicles. All works concerning trees will be undertaken with arborist support.

Parking changes

During the previous consultation and subsequent community engagement, people told us that retaining on-street parking is important - particularly outside shops and businesses.
We have investigated ways to retain as much parking as possible. Yet, in order to provide these safer and more accessible transport options, some parking removal will be necessary.
The good news is that a new carpark is planned to be built on the MOTAT site which will provide around 350 new parking spaces to the precinct. This will alleviate the loss of any car parks that would be removed on Meola Road in the Seddon Field, MOTAT area. The parking facility will be managed by MOTAT and Regional Facilities Auckland. No further information regarding how the facility will operate is available at this time.

We understand that these parking changes will require change and, of course, we will continue our efforts to reduce this impact and welcome any feedback on how to do so.

An independent analysis was conducted on the impact this project will have on parking on these streets. The study investigated the number of cars parking on these streets at various times both during the week and at weekends.

Below is a summary of the impact on parking:

Number of spaces being removed Number of cars that would have to park somewhere else - Weekday peak  Number of cars that will have to park somewhere else - Saturday peak
Point Chev Road 90 44 48
The study found that motorists will be able to find alternative parking spaces within 200 metres away.
Meola Road 97 10 10
Seddon Fiels overflow on Meloa Rd
(207 Meola Rd to Garnet Rd)
187 Up to 69 Up to 69
The carpark being built at MOTAT will be able to accommodate these vehicles.
Garnet 3 3 3

Bus stop relocations

Providing pedestrian crossings next to bus stops helps to create a safer environment for people getting on and off buses. To make this happen, we propose relocating and combining some bus stops:

Current location New location
91 Pt Chev Road 105 Pt Chev Road
92 Pt Chev Road 126 Pt Chev Road
152 and 198 Pt Chev Road will
be combined and relocated to
180 Pt Chev Road
147 and 203 Pt Chev Road will
be combined and relocated to
181 Pt Chev Road
240 Meola Road 262 Meola Road
243 Meola Road 247 Meola Road
In addition, two bus stops on Meola Road, outside MOTAT and Meola Reef Reserve, will be moved slightly to the east.

Public consultation

We consulted on this project from 22 November to 20 December 2019 and received 690 submissions.

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who provided feedback on this proposal. All of the comments received have been carefully considered and investigated. And a great deal of time is being spent reviewing the design to try and find ways to integrate the suggestions and requested changes we’ve received.

A number of changes have been made to the design to reflect what you and your community have told us.

Having taken all submissions into account, we have decided to proceed with the project subject to funding approval and a number of changes being made to the design in response to public feedback. For more information, see below or download the public feedback report.

Download the Point Chevalier improvements public feedback report (PDF 2.7MB, 97 pages).

The final designs are still being worked on by the project team. Once they have been finalised, we will publish them on our website and notify you when they are available.

Taking the community’s feedback on board

We have reviewed the design in light of the community’s feedback and made the following changes to the proposed design:

Increased parking near businesses on Point Chevalier Road

Businesses on Point Chevalier Road and a number of community members expressed concerns about the impact parking removal would have on local businesses. The project team has spent time meticulously reviewing the design to try and find ways to increase the amount of on-street parking near businesses on Point Chevalier Road. We have managed to revise the design to create additional parking near businesses:

  • Two additional parking spaces, near Point Chevalier Organic Wines and MatchBox - Anastasis Coffee Roasters, at 206 Point Chevalier Road.
  • At least one additional parking space, near Gourmet Wok, Good Gals Dairy and Twisted Tomato Café and Eatery, outside 151 Point Chevalier Road. This has been achieved by moving the proposed raised pedestrian crossing from 151 Point Chevalier Road to outside Corner Café at 157 Point Chevalier Road.
  • We initially proposed to remove two parking spaces outside Westmere Medical Centre at 146 Garnet Road. However, we have revised the design so that these spaces will remain in place.

As the project moves into the detailed design phase, we will continue to try and find opportunities to increase the number of on-street parking spaces near businesses.

In addition, we are also investigating the implementation of time-restricted parking close to businesses on Point Chevalier Road to try and increase the availability of parking for their customers. We will work closely with businesses on Point Chevalier Road regarding this matter.

The Pt Chevalier Road / Meola Road intersection

A number of respondents expressed concerns that traffic signals at this intersection would create delays for motorists. Some people asked us to consider a roundabout instead. This intersection has space constraints that make a typical roundabout design unachievable. However, provided funding is made available, we will undertake a trial with a modified roundabout design to test whether this option is feasible at this location before making a decision on the best design.

Additional raised crossings at the following locations:

  • There will be a new raised zebra crossing on Meola Road near Moa Street.
  • Raised table crossing on Faulder Avenue.

A number of submitters requested a raised table at the Faulder Avenue crossing point. This will be included in the detailed design. A raised table crossing is on a raised section of the road, with ramps on each side, that aims to slow vehicles to a safe speed – making it a safer place to cross.

Garnet Road / Meola Road roundabout

Some submitters expressed concerns about the performance of the Garnet Road / Meola Road roundabout and requested improvements.

We will be conducting a study into installing a “roundabout metering” treatment which would signalise some of the approaches to the roundabout. It would provide an opportunity for gaps in the traffic to allow the dominant traffic flow to proceed. The study will be carried out over the next few months. If approved, the roundabout metering will be implemented as part of the construction of the cycleway.

In addition, in response to public feedback and in view of the history of accidents at this location, the existing crossings at the roundabout will be upgraded to raised table crossings.

Improvements to shared paths at intersections

We investigated requests for separated pedestrian and cycling facilities at intersections. However, due to the limited available space at each intersection, it’s not possible to accommodate this request. Instead, we have redesigned the intersections of Pt Chevalier Road / Meola Road and Meola Road / Garnet Road to increase the width of the shared pedestrian and cycle path and allow people on bikes and pedestrians to pass each other safely.

Raised crossing required across the Great North Road Slip lane into Point Chevalier Road

An existing safety improvement project at this intersection has reached a stage whereby we can include this proposal in this project. During the detailed design phase, a raised table option will be developed and, if achievable, built at the same time.

Make it safer to use at night

The entire route will receive upgraded street lighting, which will improve the safety of these streets in addition to the look and feel.

Make the current crossing, outside the Westmere shops, more visible

We recognise the safety issues that arise at this crossing due to the limited visibility of approaching motorists. In order to make it safer for pedestrians, we plan to implement a raised table crossing at this location to slow vehicle speeds – making it a safer place to cross.

The following request is still under consideration:

  • Additional replacement trees subject to spatial, visibility and vehicle crossing restrictions.

The final designs are still being worked on by the project team. Once they have been finalised, we will publish them on our website and notify you when they are available.

Next steps

Due to the current financial constraints facing Auckland Council and Auckland Transport as a result of COVID-19, we are unsure when this project will be delivered. We will have more clarity of our funding situation once Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget has been finalised. We will provide an update when we have more information. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Keeping Point Chev moving

When construction is confirmed, please know that we are committed to making sure that, during the construction period, the impact on residents and local businesses is minimised as much as possible. We will provide more information once we know when construction will begin. Prior to that, we will work closely with local businesses to put plans in place to minimise the construction impact and promote their businesses.


Background

As Auckland’s population increases and more cars join the road network, we are working on finding ways to make it easier and safer for people to walk and use other active modes of travel like riding bikes and e-scooters. The cycle facilities proposed in the brochure will connect with the wider cycle network and encourage more children and adults to get on bikes – getting cars off the road.
Many parents and other members of your community have told us it’s important to have facilities which make people of all ages and abilities feel safer walking and riding a bike around the neighbourhood – whether it be to school, work, the local shops, the football grounds or to visit friends or family.

Across Auckland, as part of a Vision Zero and Safe System approach, we are working to create a more ‘forgiving’ road network that recognises people sometimes make mistakes, but the consequences don’t have to be devastating. This involves reducing vehicle speeds where there are large amounts of people walking and on bikes – like in residential areas.


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