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Seabrook Avenue cycleway and intersection improvements Seabrook Avenue cycleway and intersection improvements

We are creating an off-road cycleway on Seabrook Avenue in New Lynn, and improving four intersections between Willerton Avenue and the New Lynn train station.


Project status: Completed.
Project zone: West


Project overview

We are currently focussing on cycling projects within easy distance of New Lynn and Avondale train stations. Seabrook Avenue cycleway is the first of these projects for which investigation has been completed and funding is available.

The cycleway starts at the intersection of Willerton Avenue and Seabrook Avenue (next to Lawson Park) and runs along Seabrook Avenue and connects with the existing shared paths on Margan Avenue and Rankin Avenue. 

We are also improving three intersections along Seabrooke Avenue and also improving the intersection of Rankin Avenue, Clark Street and Totara Avenue at the New Lynn train station.

The Seabrook Ave shared path and cycleway connects to the New Lynn train station and town centre via the existing shared path along Margan Avenue and Rankin Avenue. The cycleway will also help children cycle to New Lynn Primary school more easily. 

This route was preferred over other routes in New Lynn as it is the most cost-effective option. Other options required land purchase or significant roadworks, and could not be delivered with the funding available.

Funding from the Government’s Urban Cycleway Programme, combined with local funding, has been allocated to provide better connections within this community.

Map of the Seabrook Ave cycleway and intersection locations

Seabrook Ave Cycleway overview map

Benefits

  • Safer and more convenient cycle routes throughout New Lynn. We have completed the Waterview Shared Paths and are working on the Te Whau Pathway and New Lynn to Avondale path. We want to build on these improvements and encourage more walking and cycling trips in your area. 
  • New Lynn is growing. To support this growth, we want to give people more travel options to get to work, school and local attractions such as shopping centres, cafes and parks.
  • New Lynn has good potential to get more people travelling to the train station by bike.
  • New Lynn train station is the third busiest station in Auckland and will be only 26 minutes’ train ride from the city once City Rail Link is completed.
  • We want to reduce the speed of vehicles entering and exiting intersections and prioritise the movement of pedestrians and people on bikes. Slower vehicle speeds should also help to make the area more appealing to pedestrians and residents.
  • Feedback from previous area wide consultation shows public support for walking and cycling improvements in the area.

Timeline

Construction started March 2018 and was completed mid 2018.

Seabrook Avenue shared path and cycleway

A 3 metre wide off-road shared path and cycleway on Seabrook Avenue (berm side) between Willerton Avenue and Margan Avenue.

The shared path starts at Willerton Avenue alongside Lawson Park and ends at 58 Seabrook Avenue (end of Lawson Park). At this point, cyclists will transition to a newly constructed two-way cycleway that will continue along Seabrook Avenue, close to the kerbside, to Margan Avenue.

Pedestrians can continue walking on existing footpath. The cycleway is designed to continue behind bus stops along Seabrook Avenue.

Seabrook Avenue cycleway will connect to the existing shared path along Margan Avenue and Rankin Avenue.

Willerton Avenue and Seabrook Avenue intersection

  • Raised intersection platform (height 75mm).
  • Kerb buildouts with low level planting.
  • Paved footpath with tactile pavers.
  • Non-signalised pedestrian crossing on Willerton Avenue next to Lawson Park.
  • Pedestrian crossings at 91 Seabrook Avenue (added following consultation).
  • Pedestrian crossing at the north end of Willerton Avenue near Lawson Park (added following consultation).

The pedestrian crossing will connect with the existing footpath and new shared path to provide a safe crossing point for both pedestrians and people on bikes.

Gardner Avenue and Seabrook Avenue intersection

  • 3 new pedestrian crossings - the pedestrian crossing proposed at 27 Seabrook Avenue will now be located at 29 Seabrook Avenue in front of dairy following public feedback.
  • Raised intersection platform (height 75mm).
  • Kerb buildouts with low level planting.
  • Paved footpath with tactile pavers.

The kerb buildouts will improve safety by reducing the crossing distance and slowing vehicle speeds when approaching the intersection.

The proposed pedestrian crossing will connect with the existing footpath and new cycleway to provide a safe crossing point for both pedestrians and people on bikes.

Margan Avenue and Seabrook Avenue intersection

  • Speed table on west side, close to St Austells Presbyterian Church.
  • Re-alignment of the existing triangle island kerb to straighten the intersection.
  • New splitter (traffic island) to help align traffic approaching the intersection.

These improvements would make the intersection safer for pedestrians, people on bikes and motorists by increasing visibility and lowering speed of turning vehicles.

Rankin Avenue, Clark Street, Totara Avenue intersection

Rankin Avenue

We will install cycle detectors on the two existing advanced stop boxes, install a new hook turn box with detectors, remove the existing flexi posts on Rankin Ave crossing and replace with a cycle hold rail for better support.

Clark Street (west end)

We will install a new cycle crossing, 2.5m wide, parallel to the existing signalised pedestrian crossing on Clark Street, existing pedestrian crossing will be widened to 2.5m, install a new hook turn box with detectors and move the vehicle limit line back to accommodate the new cycle crossing.

Clark Street (east end)

We will install a new advanced stop box.

Totara Avenue

We will install a new signalised pedestrian crossing with tactile pavers and two new advanced stop boxes with detectors.

Bus stop improvements

There are three existing bus stops along this route.

  • We will add bus shelters and concrete platforms as a waiting area for passengers.
  • Bus stops close to 6 and 44 Seabrook Avenue will be relocated a few metres from their current locations to accommodate the cycleway.
  • We will relocate the existing bus stop at 62A Seabrook Avenue to 64 Seabrook Avenue with concrete bus platform (following public feedback).
  • We will remove two trees outside 64 Seabrook Avenue and we will plant two native trees in the nearby parks reserve.

Denyer Place and Seabrook Avenue

We will add kerb buildout extensions on Denyer Place (side street) at the intersection with Seabrook Avenue, to narrow crossing distance and improve safety.

Bike racks in New Lynn

We will replace the existing lollipop bike parking racks outside the New Lynn War Memorial Library with new Sheffield bike racks. 

Street lighting and wayfinding signage

We will upgrade street lighting and install wayfinding signage along the cycleway and at intersections.

Changes to parking

126 car parks are currently available along Seabrook Avenue from Margan Avenue to 74a Seabrook Avenue. 86 car parks will be retained. A total of 40 car parks will be removed near the  intersection improvements and traffic calming locations on Seabrook Avenue and side streets to improve visibility and lower traffic speed.

In 2017, we carried out a survey of parking demand at peak hours, off-peak hours and on weekends. The results indicate that parking demand is low (a maximum demand of 29 spaces), and the car park removal will not affect current usage along Seabrook Avenue.

Seabrook Avenue cycleway parking assessment plan (PDF 1.8MB)

Consultation design plans


Consultation process

Public feedback on proposed designs closed on Sunday 4 June 2017. Read the full Seabrook Avenue and intersection improvements public feedback report (PDF 2.4MB).

In 2016, we also asked for feedback from the public on cycling in New Lynn, Avondale and surrounding areas, we received a high level of feedback suggesting potential cycle routes and identifying problem areas.

Key feedback

Your feedback indicated:

  • A high level of support for the proposal overall (70% of all submitters).
  • A high level of support (70%) for the proposed cycleway and shared path.
  • More support (35%) than opposition (6%) for the proposed intersection changes.

Outcome

We have used your feedback to help us improve and finalise design of the proposed improvements. As a result, we have decided to:

  • Make improvements to four intersections between the New Lynn train station and Willerton Avenue, New Lynn
    • Rankin Avenue, Clark Street and Totara Avenue intersection at the New Lynn station.
    • Intersections of Seabrook Avenue with Margan Avenue, Gardner Avenue and Willerton Avenue.
  • Install an off road 3m wide two-way cycleway on Seabrook Avenue (berm side) between Margan Avenue intersection and start of Lawson Park. Install a two-way shared path from start of Lawson Park to the intersection of Willerton Avenue and Seabrook Avenue.
  • Upgrade and relocate existing bus stops, install speed cushions, extend kerb build outs, provide bike racks, upgrade street lighting and install signage.
  • Remove 40 car parks close to the proposed intersection improvements and speed cushions along Seabrook Avenue between Margan Avenue intersection and 74A Seabrook Avenue.

In addition to above we will be making the following changes:

  • On the Gardner Avenue intersection, we will be relocating pedestrian crossing at 27 Seabrook Avenue to 29 Seabrook Avenue in front of dairy.
  • On the Willerton Avenue intersection, we will be providing two additional pedestrian crossings, one at 91 Seabrook Avenue and the other at north end of Willerton Avenue.
  • Remove the proposed new protected cycle crossing and cycle holding rail adjacent to 61 Seabrook Avenue.
  • Relocate the existing bus stop at 62A Seabrook Avenue to 64 Seabrook Avenue with concrete bus platform. Removal of two trees outside 64 Seabrook Avenue. We will plant two native trees in the nearby parks reserve.

Previous barriers identified

There were a number of concerns raised for the route in the previous consultation for the area, which the designs have made an effort to address.

  • Dangerous intersection/roundabout (general), difficulty crossing intersection/roundabout, current facility unsafe, other signal suggestion (new/priority), signal wait times are too long, Clark Street and Rankin Avenue intersection. This intersection will be improved as part of this proposal.
  • Cycle facility/improvements suggested (general), Lack of cycle parking, CCTV/security needed, New Lynn train station. CCTV and security is already provided at New Lynn station. We will look into opportunities to improve cycle parking throughout New Lynn.
  • Dangerous location (general), high traffic volume/busy, high traffic speed, heavy vehicle concerns (bus/truck), suggest shared path, cycle facility/improvements suggested (general), current facility unsafe, poor road/path surface, safe crossing required, Clark Street. Clark St was considered for this proposal. However, it was found that it would be too costly to address as part of this proposal. Land acquisition would be required to bring the Clark St cycle lanes to the high-quality standard expected on an arterial road.
  • Dangerous location (general), high traffic volume/busy, narrow road/ no room to cycle (general), suggest shared path, Rankin Avenue. There is already a shared path on the western side of Rankin Ave. Improvements will be made to the intersection with Clark St, but no further improvements are proposed, although there may be some opportunity for minor improvements if they are raised during the consultation.
  • Narrow road/no room to cycle (general), Suggest shared path, Cycle facility/improvements suggested (general), Margan Avenue. There are shared paths on both sides of Margan Ave between Seabrook Ave and Rankin Ave. This proposal connects to Margan Ave. No further improvements are proposed for Margan Ave, although there may be some opportunity for minor improvements if they are raised during the consultation.
  • Dangerous location (general), high traffic speed, rat-running, Totara Avenue. Totara Ave was considered as part of the proposal, but budgetary constraints mean that the issues with Totara Ave will not be addressed as part of this proposal.
  • Lack of cycle parking, New Lynn Library. We will be replacing the ‘lollipop’ cycle stands with Sheffield stands outside the New Lynn library.
  • Dangerous intersection/roundabout (general), high traffic volume/busy, high traffic speed, safe crossing required, Margan and Seabrook Avenue intersection. This intersection will be improved for walking and cycling as part of this proposal.
  • Dangerous location (general), high traffic volume/busy, driveway hazard/cars reversing, current facility unsafe, Margan Avenue (New Lynn School). There are shared paths on both sides of Margan Ave between Seabrook Ave and Rankin Ave. This proposal connects to Margan Ave. No further improvements are proposed for Margan Ave, although there may be some opportunity for minor improvements if they are raised during the consultation.
  • Cycle facility/improvements suggested (general), Seabrook Avenue. Seabrook Ave, between Willerton Ave and Margan Ave, is being addressed as part of this proposal.
  • Cycle facility/improvements suggested (general), Lack of cycle parking, CCTV/security needed, Signage needed/suggested, LynnMall Shopping centre. LynnMall is a private entity. We will pass on any feedback to them or you could contact them directly.
  • Lack of cycle parking, New Lynn shops. We will be using this consultation exercise to identify which parts of New Lynn require additional cycle parking.
  • Difficulty crossing intersection/roundabout, Hutchinson Avenue, Margan Avenue, Rankin Avenue intersection. This proposal does not address the concerns raised about this intersection.

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