Auckland Transport

Ponsonby Road pedestrian improvements

Auckland Transport (AT) and Waitematā Local Board are making improvements for pedestrians along Ponsonby Road (and 8 side streets) between Lincoln Street and Pollen Street.


Project status: Construction.
Project zone: Central.


Project overview

The improvements include constructing raised speed tables to create a slower-speed environment at intersections, upgrading footpaths, installing new street furniture and trees, and renewing street lights.

Once complete, this section of Ponsonby will be a more attractive and pedestrian-friendly environment.

Concept image of Collingwood St intersection

Image: An artist's impression of what the Collingwood Street intersection will look like once completed.

Key features

  • Installation of a new raised tables with the tops paved in exposed concrete and side ramps paved with basalt setts.
  • Footpath build-outs with surfaces to match the existing paving in each area: asphalt for Ponsonby Road and concrete for most of the side streets.
  • Relocation of two pedestrian refuge crossings (near Norfolk and Mackelvie Streets).
  • Addition of a pedestrian refuge crossing on Ponsonby Road (at the intersection of Pollen Streets).
  • Relocation of a bus stop into the traffic lane and associated footpath build-out (on Ponsonby Road).
  • Additional raised table, footpath build-out, strip of coloured surface, and central median flush planting on Mackelvie Street.
  • Net gain of 4 on-street car parking spaces.

View the final overall plan of pedestrian improvements along Ponsonby Road (PDF 3.6MB)

Benefits

  • A safer, more appealing environment for pedestrians.
  • Improved pedestrian connectivity across the roads.
  • Space for street furniture or other amenities.
  • Help slow down vehicles turning into and out of side streets.

Cost

The proposed improvements help implement Auckland Council's Ponsonby Road Plan and are funded from the Waitematā Local Board's transport capital expenditure fund and by Auckland Transport.

Timeline

  • November and December 2015 - public feedback.
  • May 2016 - feedback and decisions report published.
  • July 2016 - public feedback on street furniture design; feedback analysis.
  • October 2016 - finish detailed design.
  • February 2017 - construction begins (we will also be upgrading footpaths for the section of Ponsonby Road from Franklin Road to Williamson Avenue).
  • November 2017 - construction complete (expected).
  • Early-mid 2018 - work on the Collingwood St intersection.

Details of improvements by street

Ponsonby Road

  • Relocation of the indented bus stop (bus bay) at 169 Ponsonby Road (near Collingwood Street) into the live traffic lane.
  • Footpath build-outs (asphalt for Ponsonby Road and concrete for most of the side streets).
  • Relocation of 2 pedestrian refuge crossings closer to the:
    1. Anglesea Street and Norfolk Street intersection.
    2. Mackelvie Street intersection.
  • Addition of 2 new pedestrian refuge crossings on Ponsonby Road close to the Douglas Street and Pollen Street intersection.
  • Upgrades to street lighting along Ponsonby Road between Collingwood and Pollen Streets.

Collingwood Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • Planting of a Tānekaha (Celery Pine) tree outside 167 Ponsonby Road to match the existing trees on Ponsonby Road.
  • Installation of a new street bench.
  • Installation of 3 new bike racks on the footpath build-out.

View the final plan of improvements to Collingwood Street (PDF 1MB)

Lincoln Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.

View the final plan of improvements to Lincoln Street (PDF 1MB)

Anglesea Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • Installation of 2 new street benches.
  • Installation of 3 new bike racks on the footpath build-out.

View the final plan of improvements to Anglesea Street (PDF 970KB)

Norfolk Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.

View the final plan of improvements to Norfolk Street (PDF 1.6MB)

Douglas Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • Relocation of the existing bike racks from east of the footpath build-out to west of the build-out.

View the final plan of improvements to Douglas Street (PDF 852KB)

Brown Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • New recycling bin added to existing litter bin.

View the final plan of improvements to Brown Street (PDF 580KB)

Mackelvie Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • Installation of a new bench on the north-western side of Mackelvie Street.
  • Planting of Pōhutukawa trees in new trial planter boxes on the central flush median (trial for 6 to 12 months).
  • A new coloured surface treatment to show the connection between the laneways on either side of the road.

View the final plan of improvements to Mackelvie Street (PDF 1.24MB)

Pollen Street

  • Installation of a new raised table.
  • Footpath build-outs.
  • Installation of 2 new bike racks on the footpath build-out.
  • Installation of 2 new street benches on the footpath build-out.
  • New recycling bin added to existing litter bin.
  • Installation of a new pedestrian refuge crossing on Ponsonby Road

View the plan of improvements to Pollen Street (PDF 1.13MB)

Changes to parking

The improvements will result in a net gain of 3 or 4 on-street car parking spaces.

We are currently proposing to remove the car park planned for near the corner of Ponsonby Road and Brown Street, adjacent to no. 148 Ponsonby Road. Delivery vehicles currently illegally parking on the broken yellow lines are obscuring both vehicle and pedestrian visibility.

Removing this space will reduce the net parking gain provided by this project from 4 to 3 new car parks.

Consultation with directly affected businesses closed Monday, 4 September 2017. Once feedback has been carefully reviewed and a decision made, we will publish it here.

Original proposal

We originally proposed to gain 8 new on-street parking spaces, however, additional footpath build-outs on Pollen Street resulted in the loss of 2 spaces. A further 2 car parking spaces have been lost through extension of the yellow broken lines in front of the existing bus stop between Brown Street and Richmond Road.

Reasons for the improvements

  • The raised tables on the side streets will improve pedestrian connectivity across these roads and help slow down vehicles turning into and out of the side streets; slower vehicles will create a safer, more-appealing environment for pedestrians.
  • The kerb extensions will create a more-expansive and attractive area for pedestrians as well as providing space for street furniture or other amenities.
  • Street furniture such as seating will allow pedestrians to sit and enjoy their surrounds, including views through to the city. Tree planting along footpaths makes streets more attractive and provides shade. More cycle stands are also being proposed.
  • The pedestrian crossings on Ponsonby Road are proposed to be relocated closer to the side roads as these are the locations where most pedestrians want to cross. The proposed new pedestrian refuge crossing near Pollen Street will fill a gap in the spacing of current crossing facilities.

Public engagement


July 2016

From 15 to 31 July 2016, AT and the Waitematā Local Board requested public feedback on detailed design options for street furniture, paving materials, and plantings. The improvements focus on intersections along Ponsonby Road between Lincoln Street and Pollen Street.

We received 36 responses and as a result of this feedback and a further consultation with the Local Board, we decided to::

  • Use basalt setts to pave the side ramps of the new raised tables and exposed concrete for the table tops.
  • Install a mix of park and street benches on the new footpath build-outs.
  • Install Harrogate bike racks on the new footpath build-outs.
  • Plant pōhutukawa trees in the new trial planter boxes on the central flush median on Mackelvie Street for the trial period of 6 to 12 months.
  • Install a new pedestrian refuge crossing just south of the Pollen Street/Ponsonby Road Intersection.

Read the public feedback and final decisions report (PDF 1.93MB)

Proposed detailed design elements

1. Paving materials – footpath build-outs

Ponsonby Rd and small sections of the side streets are affected by the footpath build-outs.

To keep a consistent look and feel paving materials have been selected to match the existing paving. For Ponsonby Rd this is asphalt, and for most side roads this is concrete.

2. Paving materials – raised tables

We sought feedback on 2 paving options proposed for the raised tables. Both options would create a contrast between the footpath and the table to alert pedestrians that they are crossing the road and need to give way to vehicles.

Option A: top of table paved with exposed concrete and side ramps paved with basalt setts.

Option B: top of table paved with exposed concrete and side ramps paved with plain concrete.

Raised Table Paving Options

3. Seating

We sought feedback on 3 seating options that could be installed at each intersection build-out.

Option A: Park bench: Cast iron and hardwood bench with natural wax finish, includes a back rest. Durable and easy to maintain.

Option B - Street bench: Cast iron and hardwood bench with natural wax finish, without a back rest. Durable and easy to maintain.

Option C - Concrete cubes: Set of 2 or 3 basalt concrete cubes (500mm x 550mm) that are good for informal social seating and fit well into the limited space at the intersections. Durable and easy to maintain.

Option A and B are seating designs already used on Ponsonby Road. Option C is a new design.

Seating Options

4. Planting

The project includes new planting at 2 locations:

Outside 167 Ponsonby Road (close to Collingwood Street)

A native Tānekaha (Celery Pine) tree will be planted in this location. We have selected the species as it is ideal for use in a limited space next to a busy road: it has a narrow upright form, is hardy to windy conditions, and does not drop a lot of leaves.

Tānekaha trees have already been planted at other locations along Ponsonby Road.

Mackelvie Street (trial planter boxes)

We sought feedback on 2 tree species options that could be planted in the trial planter boxes on Mackelvie Street:

  • Option A – Cabbage tree: Hardy species and have low maintenance requirements.
  • Option B – Pōhutukawa: Hardy species and have low maintenance requirements.
5. Bike racks

We sought feedback on 2 bike-rack options that could be installed at various footpath build-outs. 13 bike racks will be installed on various footpath build-outs: Collingwood Street (3), Anglesea Street (3), Mackelvie Street (3), Douglas Street (2) and Pollen Street (2).

Option A - Harrogate style: Low maintenance bike rack that looks good. Easy to lock bike frame to, but difficult if you want to lock both wheels. Width: 350mm. Existing bike racks located on Ponsonby Road are in this style.

Harrogate Style Bike Racks

Option B - Sheffield style: Low maintenance and looks good. Easy to use and complete bike frame can be secured to stand. Width: 800mm.

Sheffield Style Bike Racks

6. Rubbish bins

Two existing litter bins will be changed over from single bins to joint or dual recycling bins at these locations: Brown Street (1) and Pollen Street (1).

Ponsonby Rubbish Bin Dual

Existing rubbish bins will be adjusted to new levels at footpath build-outs.

View the detailed design for the general footpath layouts for Ponsonby Road and side streets (PDF 1MB).

November-December 2015

From 16 November to 7 December 2015, we invited feedback on 2 proposed options of improvements.

Some streets had 2 different proposal options, others had the same improvements under both options. Both options were similar but Option 2 had extended footpath build-outs on some side streets, which could provide more space for street furniture and further enhance the pedestrian environment.

Proposal maps

Feedback

AT received 129 feedback responses on the proposals, including comments on all the different project elements.

Both options received more support than opposition, and of the two, Option 2 received more support overall. The results were:

  • Option 1: 56% Support; 25% Neutral; 12% Oppose; 7% No response.
  • Option 2: 63% Support; 15% Neutral; 11% Oppose; 11% No response.

After considering the feedback, AT and Waitematā Local Board decided to proceed with Option 2. However, in response to comments received from the community, additional changes were made. We:

  • Included a new pedestrian refuge on Ponsonby Road close to Pollen Street.
  • Included a new coloured surface laneway treatment on Mackelvie Street.
  • Began further design investigations for central island planting/greening option on Mackelvie Street.
  • Forwarded feedback that was out of the scope of this project to the local board, other AT business units, and Auckland Council for further investigation.

Feedback and decisions report

Download the public feedback and decisions report (PDF 1.22MB)


For more information

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