K’ Road’s up­grade out for con­sul­ta­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - MILESTONES - STAFF RE­PORTER

Con­sul­ta­tion is now open to the public for Karanga­hape Rd’s ma­jor up­grade to ac­com­mo­date the in­crease in pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

Auck­land Trans­port (AT) and Auck­land Coun­cil have re­vealed the plans for the pro­posed changes to the streetscape.

The pro­posal in­cludes a new cy­cle­way and streetscape im­prove­ments, Auck­land Coun­cil’s Ralph Web­ster says.

If en­dorsed, the plan will cre­ate a sep­a­rate cy­cle­way on each side of K’ Rd, span­ning the length of the road and part of Up­per Queen St.

Pri­or­ity to pedes­tri­ans will be given with widen­ing of the foot­path, peak-hour bus lanes will be in­stalled, changes to park­ing, re­duced speed lim­its, ad­di­tional land­scap­ing and street fur­ni­ture fea­tures (in­clud­ing op­por­tu­nity for out­door din­ing ar­eas) are all part of the pro­posed plan.

‘‘K’ Rd is such a spe­cial place which many Auck­lan­ders have a con­nec­tion with,’’ Web­ster says.

‘‘The plans re­flect feed­back we have re­ceived from lo­cal busi­nesses, res­i­dents, prop­erty own­ers as well as many other peo­ple who spend time there.’’

Michael Richard­son from the K’ Rd Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion (KBA) says they are ex­cited about the planned new streetscape as it is a cat­a­lyst for fu­ture in­vest­ment in the area.

The KBA sup­ports mak­ing the precinct a more pedes­tri­an­friendly en­vi­ron­ment, how­ever is mind­ful of the neg­a­tive ef­fect the loss of park­ing can have on re­tail­ers.

With the City Rail Link’s sta­tion on Mercury Lane and pos­si­ble light rail, the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the street will in­crease and the project keeps this in mind.

Auck­land Trans­port’s cy­cling,

‘‘The cy­cle­way will also be good for lo­cal busi­nesses as our re­search shows that some­one cy­cling is more likely to stop at lo­cal shops than some­one driv­ing.’’

Go to AT.govt.nz/kroad­pro­ject to view the plans and give feed­back. Con­sul­ta­tion is open un­til Novem­ber 20.

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The planned up­grade in­cludes a sep­a­rated cy­cle­way on both sides of the road.

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