Lin­ear park could cut through Auck­land CBD

Auckland City Harbour News - - PUBLIC NOTICES - MARIA SLADE

A pro­posal to close one of Auck­land’s main thor­ough­fares to traf­fic em­bod­ies am­bi­tious plans for the city.

Auck­land Coun­cil de­sign cham­pion Ludo Campbell-Reid said Vic­to­ria St will be turned into a ‘‘lin­ear park’’, stretch­ing from east to west across the CBD, if city plan­ners have their way.

It is one of a string of projects aimed at trans­form­ing Auck­land from a city of cars to a mod­ern cen­tre de­signed around the move­ments of peo­ple.

A much grander but largely hid­den project, the long awaited City Rail Link, was putting Vic­to­ria Street’s up­grade on hold ‘‘much to my an­noy­ance’’, Campbell-Reid said.

How­ever, there was prepa­ra­tion work that could be done now, par­tic­u­larly un­der­ground, he said.

Stretch­ing from Al­bert Park in the east to Vic­to­ria Park in the west, the long strip of gar­den will pro­vide badly-needed green space in the down­town area.

About $16 bil­lion will be spent on pub­lic and pri­vate projects in Auck­land’s CBD over the next 10 years, in­clud­ing $2.4b on the CRL.

The CBD was un­der­go­ing a meta­mor­pho­sis, Campbell-Reid said.

‘‘The way we move about our city will be to­tally turned upon its head - peo­ple will cy­cle, walk, come by ferry, share cars, get on trams.

‘‘In the old days trans­port en­gi­neers were the bane of my life, be­cause their fo­cus wasn’t on the peo­ple. Now it’s about ur­ban de­sign [lead­ing] the vi­sion.’’

One ex­am­ple was Fed­eral St, which was once a dingy al­ley run­ning down one side of the casino. It is now a lively out­door din­ing area and shared pedes­trian/ ve­hi­cle space.

AUCK­LAND COUN­CIL

The plan is to turn Vic­to­ria St into a lin­ear park stretch­ing east to west across the CBD.

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