Improving the links to areas surrounding the city centre
How we can make this happen
City fringe proposals
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport will continue to improve footpaths and providing more dedicated cycle infrastructure, trees, and better street lighting.
This move also provides the opportunity to help deliver proposals through city fringe areas, including the Waipapa Greenway from Newmarket to Parnell.
Crossing the motorways
Improving the safety and comfort for people walking and cycling across motorway bridges between the city centre and city fringe.
Beautifying and softening the motorway infrastructure will allow us to see its viaducts, trenches and sweeping bridges as vantage points for viewing our city, and its historic and natural heritage, including our maunga and harbour.
The recent improvements to Franklin Road have shown how new streetscapes can improve connections between the city centre and city fringe.
Further opportunities for street upgrades include:
- Harbour Bridge Shared Path / Harbour Bridge Park – connecting the North Shore and, more locally, Herne Bay
- College Hill – connecting Ponsonby
- Wellington Street – connecting Freemans Bay
- Upper Queen Street – connecting Newton and Eden Terrace
- Upper Symonds Street – connecting Grafton
- The Strand – connecting Parnell.
City Rail Link will transform rapid transit links between the city centre, Mt Eden, Grafton and Kingsland stations.
The arrival of greatly improved transit to these neighbourhoods will increase foot traffic and act as a catalyst for urban development and renewal, providing further impetus for enhancing city to village connections
Auckland Transport will continue to work on providing more convenient and frequent bus services, and with the New Zealand Transport Agency will continue to develop proposals for Light Rail Transit to and through the city centre.
City fringe development
Traffic-dominated, low-activity areas disconnect the city centre from its fringe areas. The sense of this is made worse by surface car parking, vacant lots and other low-value, unproductive uses.
As improvements to transport connections to the city fringe are made, we can expect further intensification and development of underdeveloped and valued sites on the immediate fringes of the city centre.
Connection to the North Shore
Further North Shore connectivity will be delivered by the proposed Harbour Bridge Shared Path.
This will address a critical missing link in Auckland’s urban micro-mobility network.