Auckland Transport

Wynyard Quarter

Auckland Transport (AT) is leading the next phase of works into the southern section of Wynyard Quarter. This will continue the revitalisation of this part of the city centre to create vibrant, people-friendly spaces with a more-accessible waterfront.


Project status: Construction
Project zone: Central


Project overview

Wynyard Quarter is undergoing one of the largest urban regenerations in New Zealand, evolving from a publicly-restricted industrial port to a space where people can live, visit, be entertained, and do business.

The work focuses on establishing new connections between Wynyard Quarter, Victoria Park and the CBD.

Westhaven Drive, Beaumont Street, Daldy Street, Gaunt Street, Halsey Street, and Pakenham Street will be transformed into pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly environments characterised by high-quality street furniture, paving, and landscaping.

Working with Panuku Development Auckland and Watercare, AT will:

  • Upgrade streets in the southern section and associated intersections to support alternative modes of transport.
  • Create a connected network for pedestrians and people on bikes.
  • Continue the Daldy Street Linear Park from Pakenham Street to Victoria Park.
  • Create a small central park on the corner of Pakenham and Daldy Streets – currently with the working title of Wynyard Common.
  • Install a new wastewater pump station and underground storage tank within Wynyard Common to increase capacity in the existing network and to accommodate future development.
  • Improve the quality of runoff stormwater by providing treatment before it is discharged into the harbour with new piping and low-impact design features such as rain gardens.

Timeline

General construction planning

  • August 2014 - Public feedback process.
  • October 2014 - Resource consent application.
  • May 2015 - Start of construction.
  • 2019 - Completion.

Project details


The objectives for the Wynyard Quarter project are defined by the Auckland Council District Plan – Plan change 4, the Urban Design Framework and the Sustainable Development Framework.

The upgrades will support several of Auckland Council’s strategic objectives for the city defined in the Auckland Plan, the City Centre Master Plan and the Waterfront Plan.

The Waterfront Plan proposed enhanced accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists. It sets an ambitious 70/30 modal split (ie 70% of peak trips are by passenger transport, walking and cycling, and only 30% by private vehicle).

Street and utility upgrades 2015 to 2017

AT is leading work in the southern section of Wynyard Quarter with major street and utility upgrades. The project requires significant coordination with Panuku Development Auckland, Auckland Council, Watercare, private developers, and utility providers to allow construction of their projects to occur at the same time. This includes:

  • Upgrading streets and footpaths in the southern section and associated intersections.
  • Upgrading the existing wastewater network to increase capacity and to accommodate future development.
  • Replacing the local sewer network at the same time as the street upgrades.
  • Improve the quality of runoff stormwater by providing treatment before it is discharged into the harbour with new piping and low-impact design features such as rain gardens.

Find out more about the regeneration of Wynyard Quarter on the Panuku Development Auckland website.

Work will involve extensive excavation to accommodate plant and heavy machinery, utility upgrades and ground stabilisation. Major traffic management and road closures will be required. 

Find out about road closures and detours around the Quarter.

Current/upcoming work stages

Expected to commence in 2018:

  • Gaunt Street between Beaumont Street and Daldy Street (including the intersection of Gaunt and Daldy Streets).
  • Daldy Street upgrade (between Fanshawe Street and Pakenham Street) and Linear Park.

Completed work stages

  • Street upgrades on Gaunt Street between Halsey and Daldy Streets.
  • Street upgrades on Halsey Street between Fanshawe Street and Pakenham Street West.
  • Shared cycling and walking paths along Madden Street and on Beaumont Street between Jellicoe Street and Pakenham Street.
  • Interim shared cycle path on Beaumont Street.

Hours of work

  • Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm.
  • Saturdays, 7am to 1pm.
  • There may be times when we will need to work outside of these hours. We will provide notice in these instances.

All efforts will be made to maintain property access. The works will comply with Council-approved noise levels and will be scheduled at times to minimise disruption to businesses and residents. Sprinklers and hoses will be used to wet down the ground to mitigate any issues with dust.

On-street parking changes

For many people, the appeal of the waterfront area is that there are fewer cars than the rest of the city. As areas of Wynyard Quarter are redeveloped to accommodate areas where pedestrians, cyclists and public transport can safely share the space, there will be a reduction of on-street parking.

At this stage the exact parking configuration is yet to be finalised but in general changes will include:

  • Parking along Gaunt Street will be managed with current and future access requirements in mind and to allow for the addition of rain gardens.
  • Parking along Beaumont Street north of Pakenham Street will be removed on the west side to accommodate a separated cycle pathway.
  • Parking along Beaumont Street south of Pakenham will be removed.
  • Parking on the north-south section of Westhaven Drive will be restricted to the west side to accommodate the separated cycle path.
  • Parking on both sides of Halsey Street between Pakenham and Gaunt Streets.
  • Parking on both sides of Daldy Street, south of Gaunt Street. Parking on east, then west of Daldy Street north of Gaunt Street.

AT has made changes to on-street parking in the central city, which includes parking in Wynyard Quarter, removing parking restrictions and adopting a single approach to pricing. Find out more about the changes.

Intersection upgrades

To improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and help manage the flow of vehicles through the Quarter, the following intersections will be signalised and pedestrian crossing facilities added:

  • Where Gaunt Street intersects Beaumont Street - signalised with pedestrian crossing facilities.
  • Where Westhaven Drive intersects Beaumont Street - signalised with pedestrian crossing facilities.
  • Where Halsey, Gaunt Street and Viaduct Harbour Avenue intersect - signalised with pedestrian crossing facilities.
  • Where Gaunt Street intersects with Daldy Street - this will be an unsignalised intersection.
  • Where Beaumont Street intersects Pakenham Street, Madden Street and Jellicoe Street - these will be unsignalised intersections.
  • Intersection of Beaumont Street and Westhaven Drive.

Cycling network

Increasingly, more people are choosing to cycle to work or for fun. The creation of cycle paths through Wynyard Quarter supports this and makes it easier to get around.

Find out more about AT’s cycling and walking programme.

Interim and long-term shared cycle paths

Construction of the cycling network has been timed to coincide with the Wynyard Quarter street upgrades (under construction until 2019).

Shared paths have been completed along Madden Street and on Beaumont Street between Jellicoe Street and Pakenham Street.

The next stage will be construction of an interim, shared walking and cycle path connecting the Beaumont Street shared path with Westhaven Promenade. Based on stakeholder input on the route, the connection will continue along the eastern side of Beaumont Street, crossing at the Fanshawe Street intersection and then travel behind 24 Westhaven Drive to connect to the Westhaven Promenade. Work on the interim path is expected to start late 2016/early 2017.

See a construction plan for the shared path (PDF 1MB)

AT will be engaging with local stakeholders and businesses to determine the route for the permanent cycle connection between Westhaven Promenade and North Wharf. Construction will be timed to coincide with road upgrades in the area.

Upcoming cycle path work will also include a shared path that will go along the western end of Gaunt Street to Daldy Street where it will connect with the Daldy Street Linear Park.

New and improved bus stops

AT will upgrade existing and construct new bus stops in Wynyard Quarter. The improved stops will support the introduction of a simpler and more integrated public transport network (scheduled for mid 2018) and improve customer experience.

Work on the bus stops is due to start mid-late 2017 and is expected to be complete in early 2018.

Find out more about the Wynyard Quarter bus stop project.

Extending Daldy Street Linear Park

The revitalisation of the waterfront area has been carefully planned based on an Urban Design Framework that guided the city planning in this area, including the provision of a number of parks and open spaces.

The Daldy Street Linear Park will be extended during these works from Pakenham Street to Victoria Park. The vision is to create a people-friendly, green landscape connection between Victoria Park and a future headland open space at the end of Wynyard Point.

Image: cross-section of Daldy Street

Cross section of Daldy Street linear park

Wynyard Common

In keeping with the concept of open and accessible public spaces, a small park in the centre of Wynyard Quarter will be created within the Daldy Street Linear Park.

Currently with the working title of 'Wynyard Common' this small pocket park is envisioned as an intimate space for the residential apartments and office buildings which will eventually be built in the area.

Public consultation asking people how they would like this space to be used was undertaken between May and July 2014.

Find out more about Wynyard Common.

New wastewater pumping station

Watercare is working closely with Auckland Transport and Waterfront Auckland to coordinate the upgrade of the wastewater network in Wynyard Quarter. A new wastewater pump station and underground storage tank will be installed in Wynyard Common to increase capacity in the existing network and to accommodate future development.

The new pump station will be connected to the existing network via a new 700m pipeline under Pakenham and Halsey Streets, to Victoria Street West.

Stormwater

To help improve the quality of runoff stormwater before it enters the harbour, new piping and low-impact landscape design such as rain gardens will continue to be used throughout Wynyard Quarter.


Getting around the Quarter

Due to the extent of the works, road closures and detours will be required, impacting traffic in and around Wynyard Quarter.

While the works are underway, we will monitor traffic flows and will alter traffic light phasing to allow more green time when turning from Fanshawe Street into Daldy Street.

All on-street parking within the work areas will be unavailable to the public. Access to off-street or private parking will be maintained, or as required as part of the traffic management plan.

Please consider walking, cycling or public transport as an alternative to taking your car.

Road layout changes

These roads will be closed:

  • Madden Street, closed between Beaumont Street and Halsey Street until September 2017 (tenant/business vehicles can access the Halsey St end).

Walking and cycling

Pedestrian and cycling restrictions will be in place around work sites. Signage will be provided to direct movement around and away from road closures and construction areas.

Bus and tram services

During construction, there may be delays to the 010 and City Link services. Please allow extra time for your journey to and from work.

The tram will be decommissioned for the duration of the works.

Get timetables and guides for public transport services.


For more information about this project

Contact Auckland Transport