Devonport Town Centre safety improvements Devonport Town Centre safety improvements

Auckland Transport, in partnership with representatives from the Devonport community, are working towards improvements to make it safer to walk, bike, and drive around Devonport’s town centre.


Project status: Consultation closed

Project zone: North


Overview

Devonport is getting ready for its next step, with a shared vision for a safer and easier to move around town centre. Town centres are busy, with lots of people sharing the road including shoppers, elderly and disabled, school children, and people using different transport options – all in close proximity to cars. Safer speeds create a better future for everyone.

The proposed safety improvements recently went out for feedback from the wider community before moving towards a potential construction date in 2023. The project is funded by the Regional Fuel Tax via Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport.

Community working group

AT worked early in the project to form a community working group, which fed into the proposal that went out for public feedback. Community feedback is essential in making this project a success.

The working group was put together to represent the community and includes members of the Devonport Local Board, North Shore Ward Councillors, Business Association, Bike Auckland, Local Residents group, and other members from the wider community.

Proposed road safety improvements

  • New raised table and zebra crossings on Victoria Road
  • New raised table with crossing on Calliope Road
  • New raised table with crossings on Kerr Street
  • Upgrade of speed hump to raised table zebra crossing on Flagstaff Terrace
  • New raised table with zebra crossing and median islands on King Edward Parade
  • New zebra crossing on King Edward Parade
  • New zebra crossings on Rattray Street and Victoria Road
  • Relocate of bus stop and upgrade of facilities on Victoria Road
  • New options for cycling facilities on Victoria Road
  • Remarked parking spaces, allowing for greater width, in response to community feedback

The proposed improvements would require the repurposing a maximum of 22 carparks on Victoria Road, Calliope Road, Kerr Street, Flagstaff Terrace and King Edward Parade to allow for the installation of the measures above. The proposal will see the reintroduction of 11 carparks on Spring Street, Huia Street, Queens Parade, Fleet Street and King Edward Parade.

Map of proposed safety improvements

Map showing proposed Devonport Town Centre safety improvements along with a legend and two zoomed-in options of changes along Victoria road

Download map of proposed safety improvements (PDF 752 KB)

Download detail designs for the proposed improvements (PDF 4.3MB)

Safe speeds

Auckland Transport’s (AT) Safe Speeds Programme is part of an integrated nationwide road safety strategy (Road to Zero). The outcome is to make Aotearoa's roads safe where no one is killed or seriously injured on our roads.

AT has previously proposed to set new permanent speed limits on roads around Auckland, including Devonport, which will see the speed limit be potentially reduced to 30km/h on roads in the area. 30km/h is the internationally accepted speed to greatly reduce the chances of people walking or cycling from being killed or seriously injured.

If approved, these changes will be made by amendment to AT’s Speed Limits Bylaw 2019 and come into force in November/December 2022 – dependent on public feedback, AT Board approval and implementation considerations

See full list of the roads potentially changing speed limits.

Vision Zero

 Vision Zero is an ambitious transport safety vision that states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050.

We want a transport system that prioritises safety, not a system that puts other measures ahead of human life. We will get you there safely, as efficiently as we can. The approach acknowledges that as people we all make mistakes; a mistake should not mean someone dies or is seriously injured on our roads. It’s also an approach that values everyone using the road, not just those in vehicles. It is about caring for more vulnerable road users like people walking or cycling, children and the elderly. Vision Zero is the international benchmark for transport safety.

Public consultation

Public feedback is one of the factors that Auckland Transport takes into account when making complex decisions like these ones. Community feedback is essential in making projects like these a success.

The public consultation period for this project ran from 15 July to 14 August.

Your local insights will help us make a better informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.

Now that the public feedback period has closed, we will:

  • Read and analyse all of the feedback provided,
  • Create a report on the feedback received, which we will publish on the project webpage. (If you provide your contact details, we will notify you when the report is available)
  • Share the feedback with Waka Kotahi and use it to help shape future transport improvements in the area