K’Rd upgrade to accommodate growth
Karangahape Road is set for another makeover, but this time to accommodate the expected growth in pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
The Auckland City Centre Advisory Board approved the draft concept design for the Karangahape Road public realm and cycling enhancement project on September 28.
The plan, if endorsed will create a separated cycleway on each side of the road, widening the footpath in certain areas giving priority to pedestrians, reduced speed limits, additional landscape and street furniture features.
Other large transport projects in the area, including the City Rail Link station, potential Light Rail Transit, the new bus network, the introduction of doubledecker buses and other connection cycling projects have been included in the plan.
Adam Parkinson from the City Centre Residents Association is in support of the upgrade.
‘‘I think they (the draft plans) are great and the residents support it as it’s a high growth residential area with all the apartments going up.
‘‘The need for a prioritisation of road space is crucial,’’ he says.
While this will change K’Rd slightly, it is not a complete upgrade as the streetscape was upgraded in December 2006.
‘‘In a city where you want to encourage people to cycle, walk and use public transport, it’s fantastic with that,’’ Parkinson says.
The City Rail Link station - which will lie underneath the K Rd and Pitt St intersection, with an entrance at Mercury Lane - is a key intercept in the upgrade.
In the peak hours this station could reach 3700 patrons per hour, increasing the need for improved pedestrian access on the street.
Parkinson says the business on people’s desire to take back their street.
‘‘It’s a great development and investment for the distinctive K’Rd area.’’
The draft designs are set to go out for public consultation this month with construction expected to start in 2018.
An artistic impression west of Karangahape Rd in 2022, from the Waitemata Local Board’s K Rd Plan 2014-2044.