The Wynyard Quarter Transport Management Association (TMA) has been established to promote alternatives to car travel and improve accessibility around the Wynyard Quarter.
Changing travel habits will improve the economic potential of the area and also contribute to a more pleasant residential and entertainment setting, with significant environmental and sustainability benefits.
- Find out about current and future traffic patterns
- Learn about quick travel options to the Quarter
- Find out about encouraging travel change at the Quarter
- Read about the redevelopment of Halsey and Daldy streets
- Find out more about the Wynyard Quarter TMA
The TMA is an independent organisation providing a forum for local businesses and neighbourhood associations to work together to reduce single-occupancy private vehicle trips and promote more sustainable travel options.
The TMA’s objectives are to:
- promote travel management initiatives that encourage alternatives to car travel to improve accessibility into and around the area;
- work with businesses, residents and landowners to promote and develop transport and travel initiatives;
- minimise growth in private vehicle trips to the Wynyard Quarter;
- achieve a goal of 70% of travel into and around the Quarter being made by public transport, walking, cycling, or as a passenger.
As the Wynyard Quarter project progresses with the upgrade of Halsey and Daldy streets and the opening of the ASB Head Office, the expected increase in vehicle numbers in the area is a rapidly-looming problem.
In the future, there could be up to 16,000 people working in the Wynyard Quarter, several thousand more residents and thousands of visitors to the popular entertainment and recreation area. With five vehicle exits from the Quarter, the potential for traffic disruption and congestion on Fanshawe St and beyond is obvious.
If the rate of vehicle travel, particularly single-occupancy vehicle travel, is not curbed then the Wynyard Quarter will become heavily congested and develop into a peak hour ‘carpark’. As traffic effects accumulate, it’s important that driving, especially driving alone, doesn’t become a habit for workers, residents and visitors to the area.
Long queues of traffic banking up, belching fumes, and frustrated drivers edging into risky exiting manoeuvres will not make for “an engaging sequence of public spaces” as the Wynyard Quarter’s Urban Design Framework envisaged.
Several new traffic demand measures for the Wynyard Quarter are being introduced to change travel behaviour, including:
- Changes to on-street parking as streets are redeveloped, allowing for wider footpaths, cycle paths and public transport facilities such as bus stops;
- Changes to parking charges in line with the CBD tariffs are proposed to deter long-stay parking;
- Upgrading pedestrian friendly streets to make it easier to get around by foot and by bike;
- New pedestrian access-ways such as the Wynyard Crossing to significantly cut down pedestrian travel times;
- Changes in speed restrictions.
In addition, nearby suburban parking measures such as the residential parking zone in St Mary’s Bay, broader application of graduated parking tariffs in conjunction with street upgrades, and the opening of the pedestrian bridge linking Jacob’s Ladder with Westhaven Drive, will add to the impetus to encourage motoring behaviour change in the nearby area.
Travel to and from the Wynyard Quarter is relatively quick and easy by foot and bus.
The walking time from the Britomart Transport Centre to Jellicoe/Halsey streets is 12 minutes (and 11 minutes from the Ferry Terminal). This is an important measure as Britomart is the main destination for the city’s major bus and train routes.
Interestingly, it is exactly the same time as it takes to walk from Britomart to the Town Hall – a journey many commuters do every working day without a second thought. The walk from Jellicoe/Halsey to Sky City is 17 minutes and to The Civic, 23 minutes.
Walking is the ultimate mode of transport. It's free, there are no parking worries, plus it keeps you fit. On any given day around Auckland, thousands of people walk to work, school, the shops and as part of their regular exercise plan.
Continuous development of a safe network of footpaths and walkways is vital to Auckland Transport's long-term plan of creating a world-class transport network.
5 great reasons to walk:
- It's free!
- It's the most sustainable form of transport.
- It spurs intellectual creativity and problem-solving
- It raises your metabolism, so you burn calories faster, even while you rest.
- Walking reduces the number of vehicles on the road which, in turn, helps reduce traffic congestion as well as air, noise and water pollution.
Wynyard Quarter is easy to walk to from neighbouring areas. Work being undertaken on Halsey and Daldy streets will make it more pleasant for pedestrians by creating wider footpaths and slowing vehicle speeds.
The Wynyard Crossing provides a pedestrian and cyclist connection from Te Wero Island on the CBD side of the Viaduct Harbour directly into the heart of the busy fish markets and restaurant and café scene, next to the Events Centre. Further to the west is Silo Park and the heritage yacht basin where you can often see several superyachts as well as classic yachts from yesteryear.
The Jacobs Ladder bridge over the motorway connects St Mary’s Bay and Ponsonby to Westhaven Drive in the southwestern area of Wynyard Quarter. Walkways on the southern side provide connections to Beaumont Street, Waitemata Street and Point Erin Park. Alternatively, footpaths alongside the marina edge provide a pleasant walk through Westhaven.
The City Link bus includes a circuit of Daldy and Beaumont streets every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday and connects to services across the region, including those at The Civic.
The No. 10 service provides an hourly weekday frequency between Onehunga and Wynyard Quarter via Pt Chevalier, with services every 30 minutes during peak times. North Shore buses run regularly down Fanshawe St.
The TMA has set a challenging goal of achieving a “70:30 modal split”. This means 70 per cent of peak hour travel into and around the Wynyard Quarter being made by public transport, walking, cycling, and carpooling, with a maximum of 30 per cent being by car. In particular, single occupancy – or driver-only – vehicle travel into the area is to be discouraged.
Preliminary traffic movement observations indicate that car travel into the area is around 60 per cent of traffic. Achieving the 70:30 goal will have a major impact in helping make Wynyard Quarter a pedestrian-friendly, low-emission zone complementing the high-quality urban design and buildings.
It is critical that activities established early in the Wynyard Quarter’s development phase encourage people to subscribe to a new approach to travel for the entire Quarter. This will allow its full development potential to be realised, particularly as more people begin to work, live and socialise in the area.
The 70 per cent non-car target is the key plank in the Wynyard Quarter Transport Plan, the over-arching document that will enable not only the desired transport outcomes for the area which will also enable the Wynyard Quarter to maximise the opportunity of a pedestrian and cycling friendly environment where vehicle traffic is kept to a minimum.
The benefits of a 70:30 mode split
The major benefits of successfully implementing the 70:30 mode split by minimising the number of cars in the area will be:
- improving the visitor and commuting experience,
- better accessibility for business and related travel in the area,
- lessening of the impact of vehicle traffic on Fanshawe St and the wider city network,
- bringing health benefits from using active travel modes,
- improved safety with the likelihood of fewer crashes due to lower volumes of vehicles, and
- minimising environmental impacts including visual, air and noise pollution.
The effects of a successful change in travel habits at Wynyard Quarter will enhance its accessibility and play an important part in ensuring the economic and business potential of the area.
The redevelopment of Halsey and Daldy streets, north of Pakenham St to Jellicoe St and North Wharf, is the next major Wynyard Quarter initiative from Waterfront Auckland.
The redevelopment design proposal, with wide footpaths and the shared-space roading concept, reduced on-street parking and a 30 km/h speed limit, supports the travel-demand objectives of the TMA.
Stage 1 of the project will see the revitalisation from Pakenham Street north towards the water’s edge. Stage 2 will see the revitalisation of the streets between Fanshawe and Pakenham streets.
The Waterfront Auckland website is a good place to keep up-to-date with the Halsey and Daldy street developments.
The Wynyard Quarter Transport Management Association (TMA) represents the key participants in the development of the Wynyard Quarter.
Auckland Transport is leading the establishment of the TMA through a steering group of representatives from Auckland Transport, Waterfront Auckland, Auckland Council, Viaduct Harbour Holdings Ltd and the NZ Transport Agency.
The TMA is currently in an establishment phase, but in future it may be run by a business or residents’ association or a hybrid organisation from within the Wynyard Quarter community.
The role of the TMA is being established to promote travel management initiatives that encourage alternatives to car travel to improve accessibility into and around the area. As development continues and with more people coming to work and to live in the Wynyard Quarter there is a unique opportunity to make the area a pedestrian and cycle friendly, low-emission zone by encouraging public transport, walking, cycling, and carpooling.
The TMA will begin a series of communication and engagement activities with key stakeholders in the Wynyard Quarter. This will be followed by a more-detailed programme of engagement and research into existing travel patterns and use of workplace travel management plans. We will also be regularly communicating TMA news and announcements through our member websites.
Questions about the TMA
Why has the TMA been established?
The TMA was established to help promote easier accessibility into the area, providing travel choices to encourage business and commercial development enabling the area to fulfil its economic potential. Providing alternative travel options to minimise sole occupancy car travel into and around Wynyard Quarter will help create a more pleasant residential and entertainment setting, with significant environmental and sustainability benefits.
The TMA is a recommendation of an Environment Court consent order which states that one of the methods to maintain or enhance the safety and capacity of the internal and wider transport network is the establishment of a Transport Management Association and the implementation of the Wynyard Quarter Transport Plan.
The rules for the area include restrictions on the amount of parking that can be provided, limits on office space and vehicle movement ceiling targets for peak time travel. The TMA and the Transport Plan will provide a framework to assist in reducing the proportion of single occupancy private vehicle trips and to promote and facilitate more sustainable trip making.
It is critical that activities established early in the development phase of the area encourage people to adopt travel management initiatives to assist the full development potential of the area and the public wish for the Wynyard Quarter to be an open space, pedestrian and cycling friendly environment where vehicle traffic is kept to a minimum to be realised.
What is exactly is the major goal of the TMA?
The major goal of the TMA is to promote transport choices that provide good access to minimise growth in private vehicle trips into and out of the Wynyard Quarter. It will do this by promoting a 70:30 transport mode split target which means 70 per cent of peak hour travel into and around the Wynyard Quarter being made by public transport, walking, cycling and car pooling with 30 per cent being by car.
The TMA will be working with businesses and others in the Wynyard Quarter to promote and develop transport and travel initiatives such as workplace travel plans, carpool schemes, awareness raising campaigns and personalised journey planning.
What is the TMA's main activity?
The main activity of the TMA is the promotion of the 70:30 modal split initiative and to promote travel demand management initiatives, which are key features of the Wynyard Quarter Transport Plan. The TMA can also identify where transport services such as public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure may be required.
It is critical that even those activities established early in the development phase encourage people to use other transport modes than driving their car, to help realise its full development potential and the public wish for the Wynyard Quarter to be an open space, pedestrian and cycling friendly environment where vehicle traffic is kept to a minimum to be realised.
What is the key outcome of the Transport Plan and its benefits?
The aspiration of the Transport Plan is to achieve the 70:30 modal split, where single occupancy private vehicle trips represent no more than 30% of all trips. The benefits will include:
- Improving the visitor and commuting experience.
- Better accessibility for other business related travel in and around the area.
- Lessening the impact of vehicular traffic on Fanshawe Street and the wider city network.
- Improved safety with the likelihood of fewer crashes due to lower volumes of vehicles.
- Health benefits from using active travel modes, and
- Minimising environmental impacts including visual, air and noise pollution.
What specifically will the TMA be doing to encourage public transport, walking, cycling and car pooling to the area?
Primarily, this will include encouraging employers to develop travel plans for their workplace. We will also be developing awareness raising campaigns such as, for example, promotions encouraging public transport, car pooling and a ‘bike to work day’ event and cycle training sessions .
Public transport facilities are also being expanded. For example, the City Link bus now includes a circuit of Daldy and Beaumont streets every 15 minutes from Monday to Saturday and connects to services across the region. The #10 service provides an hourly weekday service between Onehunga and Wynyard Quarter via Pt Chevalier, with a 30 minute frequency during peak times. Bike racks are provided and pedestrian and cycling facilities are being upgraded and are a major feature of the Halsey and Daldy streets upgrade to encourage these types of travel.
As the area is further developed there will be other initiatives to improve public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure, facilities and services in the area. All new development is being encouraged to provide facilities for those walking and cycling (e.g. cycle storage, showers, changing space) and other initiatives can be implemented by employers.
How is single occupant vehicle (SOV) travel in the area being discouraged?
In addition to measures in the District Plan (including parking restrictions, limits on office space and peak time vehicle movement ceiling targets), there are a range of initiatives including:
- Improving pedestrian, cycling and public transport facilities and services
- Encouraging business owners to provide facilities such as bike racks, showers, changing areas, promote carpooling etc
- Restricting the number of road side parking spaces
- Graduating the parking tariff the longer the car park stay, and
- Reducing the speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h
Is it only the landowners, council organisations and the NZ Transport Agency who make up the TMA?
At the moment in this establishment phase, yes, but we want to include others to broaden the membership as the association evolves.
The TMA will be an independent organisation providing a forum for local businesses and neighbourhood associations to work together to reduce single occupant vehicle (“SOV”) trips and promote more sustainable trip making.
We anticipate that representatives from the Wynyard Quarter community ranging from corporate tenants, the marine industrial and fishing sectors to individual apartment owners and residents will become part of the association once it is established.
The TMA will become a reference point for everyone in the Wynyard Quarter community to engage with on transport efficiency issues in the area.
What does the TMA’s area incorporate?
The Wynyard Quarter Transport Plan covers the whole of the Wynyard Quarter area from Westhaven Drive by Z Pier and Fanshawe St through to Halsey St and north to Wynyard and North wharves.
When is all this happening?
Some of these changes have occurred already, such as the graduated parking tariffs, and others will follow shortly.
The Halsey and Daldy streets upgrade requires consultation on proposed reduced parking and lowering of the speed limit in the area to 30 km/h. Public feedback will be considered before submitting the final plan for resource consent.
What about those residents who have been here from the beginning and have been parking on the roadside all day and overnight?
In previous years, this did not present much of a problem when the area was just being developed. But now we are entering a new phase of development and the Wynyard Quarter population is going to increase significantly, particularly with the ASB Head Office opening and the Halsey and Daldy streets development.
To allow increasing car travel into the area and long-term street parking for workers would result in significant traffic congestion. It also jeopardises the public desire for the Wynyard Quarter to be a pedestrian friendly, low-emission desirable place to live, work and play. If nothing is done, workers and residents will be severely impacted by the extra traffic on their doorstep.
Why is this happening now?
It is important to begin promoting the alternative travel modes before the next major redevelopment in the area – the Halsey and Daldy streets upgrade. This will help change existing travel mode behaviour before it becomes a habit, which will contribute to the full development potential of the Quarter being realised.
Although it has been well signalled since the Wynyard Quarter plan was first devised that the area would be a pedestrian-friendly, minimum vehicle environment, it is important to reinforce this key planning principle as the Quarter is developed.
The Waterfront Auckland website is a good place to keep up-to-date with developments in the Quarter.
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