Point Chevalier to Westmere improvements Point Chevalier to Westmere improvements

Improving safety and accessibility for people walking, riding, and using a bus between Point Chevalier town centre and the Westmere shops.


Project status: Project preparing for construction in late 2022.
Project zone: Central


Project overview

We’re working to make Point Chevalier Road, Meola Road and Garnet Road, safer and more accessible.

From the Great North Road intersection at Point Chevalier town centre to the Westmere shops, there are plans for separated cycleways, raised table pedestrian crossings, trees and planting, and a bus lane on Point Chevalier Road.

The community has been involved in shaping the project, with their feedback contributing to design iterations in 2016 and 2019.

Work on the project paused during 2020 following the Covid-19 emergency budget. The project has since restarted and is preparing for construction in late 2022.

In late 2019, we consulted on this project and received 690 submissions. The design for construction reflects community feedback and our own further investigation and design work.

Timeline

  • 2016 – Community consultation on potential cycle routes between Point Chevalier and the city fringe
  • 2017 – Community consultation on a concept design for a cycleway between Point Chevalier and Westmere
  • 2017-2018 – Design revision based on community feedback and further investigation
  • 2019 – Community consultation on a revised design
  • 2020-2021 – Project delay due to 2020 Covid-19 emergency budget
  • Early 2022 – Community re-engagement on design for construction
  • Late 2022 – Construction begins

Project history

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Project details

What is planned?

To view drawings showing the street layout in detail, download detailed plans for each road.

View a map of the inner west cycleway between Point Chevalier and Westmere.

Point Chevalier Road

  • A single direction off-road cycleway on each side of the road.
  • A southbound bus lane between Great North Road intersection and 60 metres south of Wakatipu Street intersection, operating 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossings across every side street entrance.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle push-button (signalised) crossing replaces the existing pedestrian zebra crossing, outside 67 Point Chevalier Road (near Tui Street).
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle push-button (signalised) crossing outside 119 Point Chevalier Road (near Miller Street).
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossing outside 157 Point Chevalier Road (near Wakatipu Street).
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing replaces the existing pedestrian zebra crossing outside 199 Point Chevalier Road (near Walker Road).
  • Relocation of some bus stops and the installation of new bus shelters

Point Chevalier and Meola Road intersection​

  • A roundabout, replaces the existing ‘Give Way’.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossings on the northern and eastern legs of the roundabout.
  • The roundabout design draws on community feedback, monitoring and analysis, to improve on the temporary roundabout trialed in late 2021.

Meola Road

  • A two-way off-road cycleway on the northern side of the road.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossing across Walford Road side street entrance on the northern side of Meola road.
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing outside 249 Meola Road (near Walford Road).
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing outside 229 Meola Road (near Moa Road).
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing outside Meola Reef Reserve west entrance.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossing between the MOTAT and Seddon Fields entrances.
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing outside Lemington Reserve entrance.
  • Relocation of some bus stops and the installation of new bus shelters.

Meola Road and Garnet Road intersection

  • Upgrade of the existing roundabout.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossings added to all legs of the roundabout.
  • Traffic lights installed on the Garnet Road northbound roundabout approach.

Why install traffic lights at a roundabout?

During busy mornings, traffic builds up on Meola Road, because northbound traffic along Garnet Road has the right of way. By installing traffic lights on the Garnet Road northbound roundabout approach, traffic can be regulated when Meola Road queues become excessive. The lights will pause Garnet Road traffic and enable the queue on Meola Road to clear.

Garnet Road

  • A single direction protected on-road cycleway on each side of the road.
  • Raised table pedestrian/bicycle zebra crossings across every side street entrance.
  • Raised table pedestrian zebra crossing replaces the existing pedestrian zebra crossing outside 193 Garnet Road (near West End Road).
  • New bus shelter.

What are the benefits?

  • More and safer opportunities to cross the road for people visiting local businesses, accessing bus stops, Meola Reef reserve, and sports fields.
  • Safer cycling for all ages and abilities.
  • Bus stop and cycleway integration.
  • Enhancing the look and feel of the street and encouraging outdoor dining.
  • More trees and low level planting.
  • Slower vehicle speeds and improved safety.
  • Expanding Auckland’s network of connected cycleways.

What will it look like?

To view street cross sections, download the cross sections plans for the project (PDF 637KB).

Meola Road, looking east
Meola Road, looking east.

Garnet Road, near the intersection with Westmere Crescent
Garnet Road, near the intersection with Westmere Crescent.

Parking changes

The community has told us that retaining on-street parking is important, particularly outside shops and businesses. We have retained as much parking as possible, while and improving safety and accessibility along the route, and giving people more choice in how they travel.

Along Point Chevalier Road and Garnet Road, and at the top of side streets that intersect with these roads, the introduction of new time-restricted car parks and the evaluation of existing time restrictions, will increase opportunities for short-stay parking for customers of local businesses.

From mid 2022, an additional 198 spaces will be available at MOTAT 2’s new off-street car park. This will be available for short-stay use by the public. Analysis shows this additional off-street capacity will meet parking demand.

The delivery of a cycleway, connecting to a wider network of cycling routes, along with improved pedestrian access, will encourage Auckland’s ongoing mode-shift, and enable more people to access local businesses, parks, and sportsgrounds, by bike or on foot.

Trees

Around 36 exotic trees will be removed, primarily from Meola Road, where they are in conflict with the new road layout. The Pohutukawa trees along Point Chevalier Road will stay as they are.

We work with arborists to get the best outcomes for our urban ngahere. Their investigations found that some trees of the trees on Meola Road are not in a healthy state. We will replace them with native trees that are more suitable for the local area and conditions and will thrive in the space, providing a better habitat for native bird populations. We will plant around 56 trees to replace the 36 removed, using species such as Kowhai, Puriri, Titoki, and Puhutukawa.