Auckland Transport (AT) is making changes to the Sale Street / Wellesley Street intersection to encourage safer vehicle speeds and improve accessibility for pedestrians.
Project status: Consultation - feedback closed 8 December 2019
Project zone: Central
The aim of the project is to make the Sale Street / Wellesley Street intersection more pedestrian friendly and to encourage safer speeds for vehicles turning into Sale Street.
This intersection is currently very wide and has a large volume of people walking and crossing the road at each side. AT want to install improvements that make it safer and easier for pedestrians to cross.
This is a more permanent solution proposed for the intersection which would replace the temporary planters and road markings that are currently in place.
- The intersection will be safer for pedestrians and people on bikes.
- Reduced vehicle speed will lessen the likelihood of crashes.
- 18 November 2019 - consultation opens.
- 8 December 2019 - consultation closes.
- December 2019 - May 2020 - feedback considered.
- May 2020 - public feedback report released.
- August 2020 – estimated construction.
The permanent improvements proposed include:
- Signalising the Sale Street / Wellesley Street intersection enabling pedestrians a safe place to cross.
- Widening the footpath space at the intersection.
- Removing the traffic island in the middle of Sale Street.
- Adding a new loading zone outside of Sweat Shop Brew Bar.
- Permanently removing the car park spaces that have already been removed as part of the temporary changes.
- Combining the two traffic lanes exiting Sale Street to one traffic lane.
We wanted to ask for your feedback on these proposed changes.
Local knowledge is very important to us and public feedback helps to ensure the best outcome for those who live, work, shop and play in the area.
Public feedback closed 8 December 2019.
After carefully considering public feedback AT has decided to proceed with the project, subject to the following changes in response to public feedback: investigating opportunities to enhance the streetscape at the intersection. We will include the planter boxes as part of the permanent design.
In the future we will also be consulting on improvements to the Wellesley Street streetscape to enable more buses to move people reliably along this route.
These improvements will interface with the intersection changes at Wellesley/Sale Street.
Auckland Transport will be in touch with residents and local businesses once we have confirmed the construction timeline which is expected to start in August 2020 and conclude by the end of 2020.
We will work closely with the community to mitigate disruption as much as possible and ensure advance notice is given. This will include working closely with the appointed contractor to assess ways we can make the works happen as efficiently as possible to lessen the impact to road users.