One of the major upcoming projects for Auckland is an upgrade of Lincoln Rd. Lincoln Rd, a major arterial route in West Auckland between Henderson and the Northwestern Motorway, has been hard done by over the years, basically turned into a large onramp to SH16. This and a pretty horrible mix of auto-dependent land-uses has made it a very hostile for pedestrians and cyclists. Around $85 million has been approved for an upgrade, adding T3 lanes, bike lanes and upgrading the intersections. Thanks to Bike Auckland the project is not completely horrible for cyclists, but in general, it is still far too much of a traffic engineer’s dream with slip lane after slip lane, stacking lane after stacking lane, widening and more widening. This upgrade will cement Lincoln Rd’s future as just a glorified on-ramp.
The proposed upgrade of Lincoln Road aims to:
- Widen the road to provide an additional bus/T3 transit lane on each side.
- Install an on-road kerbside cycleway segregated from the transit lane on both sides of the road.
- Upgrade existing intersections.
- Build a solid raised and planted median to replace the existing painted median.
- Upgrade traffic signals and implement stormwater treatments.Relocate and upgrade existing utility services.
- Integrate with the NZ Transport Agency’s motorway interchange upgrade at Lincoln Road.
You can see it in all its proposed glory below.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
With a new Government and new priorities for transport, we have a chance of rethinking Lincoln Rd to create a future where it can be a beautiful efficient boulevard not just an on-ramp. With its future need as a key part of the Henderson to Constellation crosstown public transport corridor and an important cycle/bus connection to both faster/more frequent Western Line trains at Henderson post-CRL and a future Northwest Light Rail station, Lincoln Rd’s future can be bright:
- Lincoln Rd is proposed crosstown strategic PT corridor in ATAP. If we are going to upgrade Lincoln Rd lets dig once and do it right. Instead of T3 lanes, let’s consider centre running BRT with appropriate signal priority.
- Let’s improve the footpaths and make the crossings more accessible and safe. I was on Lincoln Rd recently and the crossing was hard and felt unsafe. One crossing refuge was in a section that had no pram ramps and was aligned so you had to cross an offline bus stop. Let’s remove the slip lanes not put more in and square up the sidestreet intersections a little.
- Give it the boulevard treatment lining it with street trees etc. with all the benefits they bring as well as helping the Mayor with the 1 million trees initiative.
- Best practice protected cycle infrastructure this could be a major cycling corridor with it being an easy cycle to both the Western Line and future Northwest Light Rail.
Doing Lincoln Rd properly will deliver a highly efficient and amenable street that will strike a fantastic balance between the movement of people and place as well as enabling the future regeneration of the area which has largely liberal zoning laws in the Unitary Plan.