Last year Auckland Transport consulted on creating a shared space at the southern end of Federal St. At the time they said investigation on the section between Victoria and Wyndham streets would begin this year. There was no timing given for the final section from Swanson to Fanshawe streets.
As a welcome surprise, on Friday AT revealed they’re going to be making a series of quick and cheap tactical urbanism style improvements to both of those two final sections. The key changes involve adding a ‘contra-flow’ protected cycle lane, improved footpath surfacing, some footpath buildouts, painted road markings and they’re looking at a pedestrian crossing for Wyndham St. The painted road markings are a series of different sized and coloured polka dots at the various intersections along each section, similar to what they’ve done on Shortland St.
There are a lot of good, small improvements and because they’re all quick changes, it’s all expected to be completed by the end of March. Furthermore, because the changes are relatively cheap and easy to change, AT are going to build it first then consult on how people feel about them and make changes as appropriate. Consultation is expected during April and May. Below is what is planned for each section.