Federal St, between Mayoral Dr and Wellesley St, is to be the next street in the city to get the shared space treatment with Auckland Transport beginning consultation on it today.
Here’s what AT say about this upgrade.
We are proposing a full streetscape upgrade of the section of Federal Street between Mayoral Drive and Wellesley Street.
Our goal is to create an inclusive space where everyone is welcome, which acts as an extension of the living spaces available to nearby apartment buildings and businesses.
Safety issues are a key consideration in this project, and will be addressed through the proposed design features, to include safer pedestrian access to these areas.
A number of separate, private developments in areas nearby, including Saint Matthew-in-the-City, are also planned (these developments are outside of the scope of this project).
Design features of proposal include:
- Shared path for pedestrians and people on bikes, connecting Mayoral Drive, with Federal Street.
- Fully-accessible ramp and stair access between Mayoral Drive and Federal Street.
- Street furniture offering places for people to gather and sit.
- Removal of 22 parking spaces (loading zones will remain). Many businesses in the area have their own parking available, and the Civic car park will not be affected.
- Street planting.
- New lighting to improve safety and visibility.
And here are some images of what it is meant to look like once complete.
Due to this section of Federal St effectively being a dead-end road, it should be the first of the shared spaces that doesn’t suffer from rat running.
Consultation is open till 10 December.
It’s the latest project towards the goal of creating a laneway circuit around through the city centre.
AT say investigation on the third stage of the Federal St upgrade, between Victoria and Wyndham St, will begin next year. However, there is no timing yet for the final stage between Swanson and Fanshawe St.