The council has finally released plans to create a shared space on part Federal St in conjunction with SkyCity. The upgrade has been proposed for some time and originally was going to be paid for by SkyCity and built in time for the RWC in return for getting the right to build another larger skybridge across the road. A number of people didn’t like the idea of the air bridge so the plan got delayed and the casino eventually gave up on that plan and have worked with the council on just the street upgrade. This will see Federal St between Wellesley St and Victoria St upgraded along with the plaza around the base of the Sky Tower. The objectives are that it:
- integrates with other city centre upgrade and transport projects
- provides an intimate, high quality pedestrian-focused street that encourages pedestrian activity
- supports local businesses and attracts investment by providing an appropriate level of vehicular movement and servicing activity
- is a distinctive destination entertainment precinct with a unique mix of retail, cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues
- provides a high quality, attractive, safe and durable streetscape.
The plan is being jointly funded by the council and SkyCity at a total cost of $10m however it hasn’t been mentioned how much is coming from each party. The plans include:
- a shared space streetscape environment be introduced between Wellesley Street and Victoria Street
- maintenance of the current one-way direction of traffic flow (south to north)
- long-term bus/coach parking areas be removed
- introduction of a signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersection of Wellesley and Federal Streets.
Consultation is now open till 5pm November 16. Its good to see this project moving forward and I’m pleased that a shared space has been proposed, unlike what was done with O’Connell St. It would however be nice to also see some upgrade love being shared to other parts of Federal St, the section between Victoria and Wyndham St is particularly horrible while the section to the north of St Patricks Square, including the side streets of Swanson St and Wolfe St could also be vastly improved into quite a nice corner of town.