K’ Road’s upgrade out for consultation
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.
The planned upgrade includes a separated cycleway on both sides of the road.