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Te Ara Mua Future Streets

The Te Ara Mua - Future Streets project involves making changes to some roads and walking and cycling connections within Māngere Central to make it easier and safer to walk and cycle in the area.


Project status: Construction
Project zone: South


Project overview


This Future Streets project aims to transform the streets of Māngere and make it safer and easier for people to travel around, especially by walking and cycling.

The project includes improving streets, pathways, crossings and providing access to the Māngere town centre and schools. The improvements will also include cultural elements to reflect the identity of Māngere people.

The Te Ara Mua - Future Streets project is a partnership between:

  • The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
  • The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board.
  • Auckland Transport (AT).
  • The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA).

NZTA has identified Te Ara Mua - Future Streets as a Safer Journeys Signature Project.

Benefits

Māngere Future Streets has the potential to transform the urban environment. Design changes to local roads and connections in Māngere Central will provide better infrastructure for walking and cycling to school. This will increase safety in identified risk areas. It will also promote positive health, recreation and social benefits at a neighbourhood level.

The Future Streets project expects to reduce the casualty social cost of crashes by 50-70% (or $18-25m over 10 years).

Cost

The whole of life cost of the Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project is $6.7m. This is being funded by 3 project partners: The Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board ($1.7m), AT ($1.65m) and NZTA ($3.35m).

Timeline

We expect to complete this work by July 2017, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues.

Contractors will issue 48-hour notice to all affected residents prior to construction work.


Project details


Māngere Central ranks 4th out 275 Auckland communities for fatal and serious crashes. 26% of all crashes in the area involve pedestrians. The social costs of these incidents in Māngere Central is around $18.2m.

Over 18 months in 2013 and 2014, the Future Streets project team worked with the Māngere Community to understand issues with getting around safely on foot or by bike.

The team developed concept designs to improve roads, footpaths and open spaces. This resulted from discussions with the community.

The designs include changes to streets, pathways, crossings and access ways to the Māngere town centre and schools.

Milestones

In September 2014, the Māngere-Ōtāhuhu Local Board committed $1.7m toward the design and delivering of 3 priority projects:

  • Developing Mascot Avenue so that it is more pedestrian and cyclist friendly.
  • Improving a connection between Waddon Place and Windrush Close. This is known as the Waddon – Windrush connection.
  • A walking and cycling route that supports the Waddon-Windrush project by providing a new, well marked route. This will run along Windrush Close through green space and connect with Mascot Road. By linking this route to planned works on Mascot Road an iconic fitness trail could be created. it could also provide a safer pathway for people walking or cycling to the town centre.

In early November 2015, $6.4m funding was confirmed to deliver the following projects:

  • Improvements along Mascot Avenue.
  • Improvements in the town centre car park.
  • A community trail.
  • Improvements along Friesian Drive and Imrie Ave.
  • Improvments to pedestrian crossings on Massey Road.

Overview map of Te Ara Mua Future Streets

Te Ara Mua Future Streets overview map

Massey Road

  • Improved pedestrian crossings.
  • Planting and street improvements.

Town centre car park

  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.

Mascot Avenue

  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
  • Dedicated cycle lanes.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.

Community trail

  • High amenity shared path.
  • Installation of wayfinding signage.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.
  • Reserve improvements.

Construction of the first stages of the community trail begin in late November 2015. 

2015
Late November – mid December: Pershore Place and Windrush Close works.

2016
Mid March – End May: Waddon Place to Mascot Avenue shared path construction.
March – May: Mascot Avenue shared path construction.
April – June: Māngere Town centre walkway works.

Pershore Place works

In Pershore Place the existing footpath between the entrances to Windrush Park and Mascot Park will be removed and replaced with a 3 metre wide shared walking and cycling path. 

Pershore Place

  • 3m wide shared path.
  • 100m distance marker bands.
  • Wayfinding dots mark community trail.

Windrush Close works

In Windrush Close the existing footpath between the entrances to Windrush Park and the reserve that links to the Māngere town centre will also be widened to provide a 3 metre wide shared walking and cycling path. This work will also include improvements to the streetlighting in the area.

The partial road closure in Windrush Close at the intersection of Ansty Place will also be constructed to form the cul-de-sacs including landscape planting.

In both streets coloured bands and dots on the new path will show that it is part of the new community trail.

Windrush Close

  • Marker post indicating distance along community trail.
  • 3m wide shared path.
  • Access maintained for cyclists.
  • Windrush Close road loop closed off.

Mascot Avenue

Mascot Avenue will be upgraded to incorporate a combination of raised pedestrian crossings, raised speed tables, dedicated cycle lanes, widened footpaths, improved bus stops and landscaping completed to make it a safer and more user friendly environment to be able to go to school, work or the local shops.

Artist impression of Mascot Avenue


  • Wayfinding dots mark community trail.
  • Dedicated cyclelanes for improved safety.
  • 3m wide shared path.
  • Planting and street tree improvements.

Māngere town centre

The pedestrian connection between the reserve and the mall within the Māngere Town Centre will be enhanced and the pedestrian connection will be emphasised with raised tables, widened footpaths and plantings alongside these.

Wayfinding signage will show the significant sites, marae and education facilities in the area, as well as 10 marker posts identifying and locating maunga in Māngere.

Mangere town centre artist's impression

  • Emphasise pedestrian connection from reserve to mall with raised tables widened footpath and planting.
  • 10 Marker posts identify and locate maunga in Māngere.
  • Wayfinding signage shows significant sites, marae and education facilities in Māngere.
  • Designated pedestrian and cycle priority zones through car park.

Consultation


Windrush Close pedestrian mall

AT sought feedback on a proposal to partially close Windrush Close and make it a cul-de-sac, encouraging drivers to slow speeds. Feedback closed on 5 May 2016.

Walking and cycling access will be maintained through the route. 

Why the changes are needed

Windrush Close is currently a loop enabling drivers to travel around in a complete circle. Closing the loop to vehicles will slow driver speeds and provide a safe cycling and pedestrian facility.

These improvements aim to make the road and footpath environment safe as part of our coordinated plan to develop safer road layouts, promote sustainable travel and ensure ease of passage for those travelling on foot.

AT will also upgrade any sub-standard street lighting as and when required.

Results of the feedback

Auckland Transport received a majority of supportive feedback from the community regarding this proposal. We would also like to provide responses to comments received:

Has the option for speed humps, instead of a partial closure, been considered?

Early in the design process it was identified that Windrush Close had problems with drivers travelling at excessive speed. Vertical displacement devices, such as speed humps, effectively reduce speeds but can be unpopular in residential and local roads for reasons such as noise, especially from heavy commercial vehicles. The partial closure is intended to create a local road feel so that the residents feel safe in their environment.

How will the partial closure effect emergency vehicle access?

Emergency services were consulted and are aware of the closure. Signage at the entry to Windrush Close will reduce the risk of limited access and increased response time for emergency services.

Will the cycle-path be wide enough for cyclists traveling in both directions?

The intention was to have a shared path sufficiently wide enough for two-way cycle traffic but the costs to do this are prohibitive. The partial closure is intended to reduce the vehicle traffic speeds and provide an environment that gives cyclists the confidence to use the carriageway as an alternative to the shared path.

Will street lighting be upgraded?

Street lighting will be upgraded to the latest standards. The partial closure will create an obstruction for refuse collection and the road will be widened locally to allow for this issue.

As a result of this feedback, the proposal proceeded to the next stage of detailed planning. The improvements will be monitored ongoing as part of the wider Te Ara Mua – Future Streets project area in Māngere.


For more information about this project

Contact Auckland Transport or find out more at www.futurestreets.org.nz