K’Rd up­grade to ac­com­mo­date growth

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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.

BLAIR HASTINGS

An artis­tic im­pres­sion west of Karanga­hape Rd in 2022, from the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board’s K Rd Plan 2014-2044.

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