We wanted your feedback on a proposal to make it safer and more accessible for people in your community 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: Consultation - closed 20 December 2019.
Project zone: Central
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 we are currently seeking feedback on have been amended since 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.
We’ve been working with a community liaison group, comprising of local residents and stakeholders, to help improve the design which we are now seeking your feedback on.
- November - December 2019: Seek public feedback.
- January - March 2020: Analyse feedback and review design.
- March - April 2020: Finalise design, publish public feedback report and project outcome.
- April 2020 - June 2021: Construction to potentially take place.
We propose 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.
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.
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.
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.
Caption: Impression of Meola Road after the proposed changes.
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.
Caption: Impression of Garnet Road after the proposed changes.
Download the detailed plans and cross sections
Listening to your community
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.
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 any car parks that would be removed on Meola Road in the Seddon Field, MOTAT area.
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.|
|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.|
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.|
We received 690 submissions. We have read through all of your feedback and are taking it on board. The project team has been trying to find ways to use your feedback to improve the design.
You and your community kindly provided us with a lot of detailed feedback which we are determined to take account of. As a result, we need more time to consider public feedback before any final project decisions are made.
Once all feedback has been considered and final project decisions have been made, we will publish a public feedback report on our website. This report will outline the project outcome, summarise the feedback received and provide responses to the issues and questions people have raised. We will be in touch when this report is available, we expect this to be within the next 2 to 3 months. Thank you for your patience while we undertake this process.
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.