Following on from my post yesterday about the the new developments about to happen in New Lynn, Auckland Transport is also currently consulting on its plans to improve Gt North Rd through the area and I for one think they look pretty good. AT has this to say about the works
Along this section of road, the aim is to provide a more pedestrian-friendly town centre or “high street” environment while maintaining a key arterial road that serves the wider west Auckland area.
The plan allows for wider footpaths, new seating and additional plantings to create a more pleasant environment for walking, shopping and socialising. The old brick footpaths, which pose safety risks, will be replaced with modern concrete footpaths that match other redeveloped areas in the town centre. Additional tree planters will be introduced and low impact drainage systems, in the form of “rain gardens”, will help to manage storm water run-off. Under the proposal, vehicles will no longer be permitted to make a right-hand turn into Memorial Drive.
Footpath widths at this intersection are currently well below the desired minimum width of two metres, so this change will allow the footpath to be widened sufficiently. However, there are still a number of alternative access points into Memorial Drive – from Totara Avenue, Delta Avenue, Clark Street and McCrae Way.
Delta Ave is also getting an upgrade and here is what AT says about it.
The new-look Delta Avenue will be a tree-lined boulevard and a pedestrian-friendly environment for retail and leisure. The footpath on the retail side will be widened from two to four metres to encourage enhanced retail use, such as café-style seating, while the footpath on the Delta Triangle side will be widened from 1.5 to two metres. Extensive landscaping work – including new trees, seating, footpath surfaces, pavers and efficient LED lighting – will be undertaken. The plans allow for vehicle access to be created from Great North Road for city-bound traffic, improving accessibility to local businesses and the large McNaughton Way carparking area located behind Delta Avenue. The existing Delta Avenue/Hugh Brown Drive/Memorial Drive intersection will be replaced with a raised mini-roundabout to improve pedestrian safety and accessibility. The roundabout will feature zebra crossings to give pedestrians priority and increased visibility.
The first thing I noticed was the number of raised platforms to slow traffic down but there are also other features as well, a close look at the current situation shows that in some places parking is separate to the traffic lanes but as part of this will become off peak only in one of the lanes, there are also wider footpaths and much more planting than what exists now. And an artists impression of what it may look like once it is finished, it would be interesting to see if we ever get to a situation where there is more cyclists than cars as depicted here. All up while there could definitely be some improvements, I am pretty pleased about what is proposed here considering it is still a pretty key arterial road in the area and a vast improvement on what is there now. If you have a view on it and wish to give feedback, it is open for another few days and closes on 13 January @ 5pm