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Wynyard Quarter

Auckland Transport 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 people-friendly, vibrant spaces with a more-accessible waterfront.


Project purpose


Wynyard Quarter road and rark upgrade mapWynyard 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.

Creating connections

The work will involve establishing new connections between Wynyard Quarter, Victoria Park and the CBD. The following streets will be transformed into pedestrian and cyclist-friendly environments characterised by high-quality street furniture, paving and landscaping:

  • Westhaven Drive,
  • Beaumont Street,
  • Daldy Street,
  • Gaunt Street,
  • Halsey Street,
  • Pakenham Street.

Working with Waterfront Auckland and Watercare, Auckland Transport 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 accomodate 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.

Project details

The objectives for the 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. An ambitious 70/30 modal split (ie 70% of peak trips are by passenger transport, walking and cycling and only 30% by private vehicle) has been set.

On-street parking changes

Indicative onstreet 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.

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 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.

Cycle path network

Main cycling routes through Wynyard QuarterIncreasingly, 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.

The vision is to provide a world-class facility connecting the North Shore (via SkyPath), Herne Bay, and Ponsonby, with the CBD and Tamaki Drive.

Interim and long-term cycle path

Construction of the cycle path network has been timed to coincide with the Wynyard Quarter street upgrades, which will be some years in construction.

This will include a separated cycle path along Madden Street, and 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.

An interim cycle path is needed along Westhaven Drive and Beaumont Street to align with Westhaven Promenade.

It's proposed that a shared interim cycle path will run from the eastern end of the promenade, along the western and northern side of Westhaven Drive, and the eastern side of Beaumont Street.

View the Wynyard Quarter interim cycle path map (PDF 1.22MB)

Construction of the interim cycle path will be carried out in stages. There may be some disruptions as work is carried out. Find out more at Road works & disruptions.

Recently AT undertook a trial road layout to temporarily narrow the road on the east-west section of Westhaven Drive to monitor the impact on traffic. By working with key stakeholders the findings of this trial will be used to design the road layout for this section of the interim cycling 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.

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. It is anticpated that construction will begin in 2015 with Wynyard Common opening in 2016.

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.

Timeline

General construction planning

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

Street and utility upgrades 2015 - 2017

AT is leading the next phase of activity in the southern section of Wynyard Quarter with major street and utility upgrades. The project requires significant coordination with Waterfront 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.

Note: Waterfront Auckland will begin upgrading Madden Street and Pakenham Street mid-2015.

Works on Halsey and Gaunt Streets

This will be undertaken in two parts:

  • Part one: May 2015 to early 2016
    A 350m trench will be excavated for drainage and approximately 700m of footpaths will be installed. A new 350m carriageway will be constructed.
  • Part two: late 2015 to mid 2016
    Approximately 150m of drainage and carriageway will be constructed and installed, and 300m of new footpaths constructed.

Both stages of 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.

Hours of work

  • Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm.
  • Saturdays 7am am 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.

Getting around the Quarter

Due to the extent of the works, road closures and detours will be required on Halsey and Gaunt Streets and will impact traffic in and around Wynyard Quarter. These will be effective from May through to mid-2016. Turning access to the Quarter from Fanshawe Street will be on Daldy Street.

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.

Walking and cycling

Pedestrian and cycling restrictions will be in place around the work sites. Signage will be provided to enable movement around and away from the 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.


For more information about this project

Contact Auckland Transport