I hereby give notice that an ordinary meeting of the Kaipātiki Local Board will be held on:

 

Date:                      

Time:

Meeting Room:

Venue:

 

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

9.00am

Kaipātiki Local Board Office
90 Bentley Avenue
Glenfield

 

Kaipātiki Local Board

 

OPEN ADDENDUM AGENDA

 

 

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

Chairperson

Kay McIntyre, QSM

 

Deputy Chairperson

Ann Hartley, JP

 

Members

Dr Grant Gillon

 

 

John Gillon

 

 

Danielle Grant

 

 

Richard Hills

 

 

Lorene Pigg

 

 

Lindsay Waugh

 

 

(Quorum 4 members)

 

 

 

Blair Doherty

Kaipatiki Local Board Democracy Advisor

 

9 October 2015

 

Contact Telephone: (09) 484 8856

Email: Blair.Doherty@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Website: www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

 

 

 


Kaipātiki Local Board

14 October 2015

 

 

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Kaipātiki Local Board

14 October 2015

 

 

Auckland Transport Update October 2015 for the Kaipatiki Local Board

 

File No.: CP2015/21285

 

  

Purpose

1.       This report provides an update on transport related issues raised by local board members during September 2015 and Local Board Transport Capital Fund Projects. It also includes general information about matters of interest to the Local Board and the schedule of issues (refer Attachment A).

 

Recommendation/s

That the Kaipātiki Local Board:

a)      receive the Auckland Transport Update, October 2015. Resolve to fund the Tristram Ave and Wairau Road stages of the Wairau Road Cycleway Improvements - Forrest Hill Road to Tristram Ave Project from the Local Board Transport Capital Fund.

b)      resolve to put on hold the Local Board Transport Capital Fund projects that are unlikely to proceed in this term.

 

 

Comments

Local Board Auckland Transport Forward Works Program

2.       On 26 August 2015 a presentation was given to the Kaipatiki Local Board on Auckland Transport’s forward works program. The information presented was drawn from the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) process and included in this report as Attachment B.

AT Local Board Transport Capital Fund

3.       As advised in previous reports, one of the requirements of the Local Board Transport Capital Fund (LBTCF) is that the budgets must be spent within the same electoral term. Budgets can be moved from year to year within the electoral term, subject to Auckland Transport (AT) having the ability to manage the cash flow, but ‘carry forwards’ to subsequent political terms at this stage are not allowed.

4.       Therefore it is essential that the local board only commit to projects that can have construction completed within this electoral term. This means that all consultation, design, construction approval and letting of contracts, must be completed by June 2016. If this timing for is not met, AT cannot guarantee that the LBTCF can be fully expended in the current electoral term.

5.       Project Management Process. The time required for managing the various stages of a project can vary significantly depending on the nature and size of the project.

6.       Initial assessments of project proposals, including the development of Rough Orders of Cost, can be relatively quick in the case of simple projects, such as new footpaths or the installation of new bus shelters. Projects where the work is straight forward and is carried out on a regular basis under other Auckland Transport work streams. In these cases, typical costs are known and a turn-around of a few weeks can be achieved.

7.       However, other one-off projects that may have safety implications, which require the gathering of data (site specific surveys, and information such as traffic counts) or projects that require initial community consultation,  can take up to three months to assess.

8.       Detailed design and the development of Firm Estimates of Cost can also vary significantly in terms of the overall time required. Some simple projects require very little design and can take a matter of a few weeks.

9.       Other more complex projects require considerable time: to gather detailed site information, to carry out consultation with stakeholders, to carry out design, including inputs from specialists, to apply for resource consents and, to obtain regulatory approvals such as traffic resolutions or speed limit changes. These projects can take more than six months to design and develop firm cost estimates.

10.     Construction timeframes can vary significantly depending on the size of the project. Lead time to supply specialist materials for construction, often from overseas, can delay projects. Timing of works to avoid the wet winter months can also impact on when tenders are let. Delaying of weather sensitive works to construct them at the right time of the year can impact on the overall timing of project delivery.

11.     In addition, spreading out the delivery of the construction of works over the whole year can provide a more even workload to the contractors which can result in more favourable overall costs to AT and the local boards.

12.     All of the above highlight that the timing of the various stages of projects can vary significantly. Straight forward projects can be delivered in a single year, whereas it is not possible to deliver more complex projects within a single year. Many of the local board projects fall into this second category.

13.     It should be remembered that the initial resolutions of the Board, based on Rough Orders of Costs and approving projects to be further investigated, are only initial estimates and a more accurate indication of actual construction costs can only be provided in the detailed design phase.

Kaipatiki Local Board Transport Capital Fund Projects

14.     In order to entirely expend the LBTCF budget within this current electoral period it is recommended that the Board have commitments to enough projects, so that if any one current project stalls for any reason, another of the Boards committed projects can immediately be picked up. (refer attachment C).

15.     Of the current projects listed, there are a number that may or may not be able to be delivered within the current electoral term, due to external influences or complexity. However, some of the cycleway projects have been able to be progressed and could use the balance of the LBTCF and be completed within the electoral period, if the Board was of a mind to now progress them.

16.     The latest of these is the Wairau Road Cycleway Improvements - Forrest Hill Road to Tristram Ave, which the Board requested be investigated in October 2014 and, which add to the Wairau Valley Cycle Route Connections. (attachments D – F).

17.     The project was divided into three portions for assessment and delivery.

1) Tristram Ave Connection (refer attachment D): A shared path facility from the end of Currys Lane to the proposed shared path on Tristram Avenue through the Motorway Interchange. This will provide an alternative cycling route between Tristram Ave interchange and Currys Lane/Wairau Road intersection. (Estimated cost $400K) Auckland Transport requests a resolution from the Local Board to proceed.

2) Currys Lane (refer attachment E): Street lighting and signage along Currys Lane to improve the safety for all road users along Currys Lane (Estimated cost 250K). To be funded by Auckland Transport.

3) Wairau Road (refer attachment F): Extend the existing shared path on Wairau Road from 67 Wairau Road to Currys Lane (Estimated cost $150K). Auckland Transport requests a resolution from the Local Board to proceed. 

 

Background (Problem / Opportunity)

18.     Wairau Road, in Forrest Hill and Glenfield, is the main employment area within the Kaipatiki Board area, with approximately 10,000 people employed. Many of these employees also live in the Kaipatiki area. It is currently relatively poorly served by public transport and is one of the busiest roads in Auckland.

19.     It has a notorious reputation among cyclists due to concerns over safety. The route is only used by avid sports cyclists or by occasional lone cyclists, outside of busy times. For many years the corridor and surrounding roads formed a void in the legacy Regional Cycle Network. With increased emphasis and investment in cycling, new opportunities have become available for connecting up parts of the Auckland Cycle Network.

20.     The Wairau Road cycle improvements provide an opportunity to increase safe access to employment by locals, support the Regional Cycle Network and by encouraging mode switching, help to address congestion.

21.     The Kaipatiki Local Board proposed a route on Wairau Road between Forrest Hill Road and Target Road. Constraints on the road (many side entrances, frequent turning traffic, unsafe conditions at the Tristram Avenue intersection and a corridor upgrade being some 20-30 years away) prompted identifying a parallel off-road/quiet street route, for which Currys Lane provides an option.

22.     The Kaipatiki Local Board is developing cycle networks to provide opportunities for linking local destinations as shown below.

The project links at present include:

·          Tristram Avenue shared path project that is programmed for completion by the end of 2015.

·          a link across Tristram Avenue is being investigated as part of the Tristram Avenue shared path project.

·          the proposed Currys Lane link could be completed by the end of 2015.

·          Auckland Council Stormwater is required (for consenting reasons) to complete a shared path, alongside its 2015-16 renovation of the Croftfield Lane retention ponds. This path can become a link into Wairau Park commercial area.

Future onward links also become possible, including:

·          An extension along Wairau Road south of the Forrest Hill Road intersection

·          An extension north towards Link Drive and Sunnynook Road.

23.     Auckland Transport’s Road Corridor Operations and Walking and Cycling departments approve of the project and the developing network. The Local Board, Auckland Council Stormwater and the Auckland Motorway Alliance (AMA)/New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA), support the developing network.

Strategic Fit

24.     The Local Board Plan contains the outcome ‘A connected Kaipatiki through a range of transport links both within and beyond our area’. This project contributes directly to the objective of ‘More people choose to walk or cycle to get to work, school or leisure activities’. By funding the Currys Lane project the Local Board will extend local links in the Tristram-Wairau corridor, support the completion of the wider Auckland Cycle Network and meets the aims of the Integrated Transport Plan.

25.     The links with the local road network cycle improvements has been described in the background section of this report.

26.     Longer term strategic links will be made when the NZTA’s Northern cycleway is constructed along the western side of SH1, currently programmed beyond 2018. AT has programmed the Northcote Safer Route for construction in 2016/17. This includes the provision of shared paths on both sides of the Northcote overbridge. The Currys Lane project would provide links to these strategic routes and the NZTA Northern Cycleway along SH1.

Timing and Delivery of Project

27.     Constructing the Tristram Avenue cycleway is a component of the Walking and Cycling Motorway Crossings programme, that is cost-shared with the NZTA/AMA. The construction for this is imminent and expected to be completed by end of 2015. (refer attachment G)

28.     The benefits of Tristram Ave Cycleway, this Wairau Road Local Board Transport Capital Fund project and the Currys Lane/Croftfield Stormwater shared path, will all be significantly enhanced, when all the three projects are completed.

29.     Completion of the Auckland Cycle Network is on target for 2030.

Objectives

30.     The project seeks to provide for cycle trips in an area where cycling is severely deterred by hostile traffic conditions and the complete absence of cycle infrastructure. The objectives of the project are below:

·          improve safety for cyclists by providing a dedicated cycling facility between the end of Currys Lane and the Tristram Avenue Motorway interchange

·          improve safety for all road users along Currys Lane by providing street lights and signage

·          improve safety for cyclists by widening the footpath along Wairau Road

·          create a new cycle route at relatively low cost

·          increase the number of cycle trips taken by people in the Wairau and Forrest Hill areas.

 

 

Benefits

Benefits of the overall project are listed in the table below:-

 

Benefits

Description of value

Transport

Managing sustainable transport mode growth

Community

Improve and enhance accessibility

Operational

Improve efficiency

Organisational

Value for money

 

Scope

31.     The current phase is for the Detailed Design of the project that comprises extending a 2.5m shared path from its current terminus at 67 Wairau Road, to Currys Lane. This will involve removing the present encroachment of car sales yards from the eastern side of Wairau Road.

32.     Constraints will include:

·          On the Wairau Road section, local pinch points will remain where four very large power/telephone poles and a single small attached transformer are located. (Vector is being contacted about any programmed undergrounding in this section.) These pinch points are considered to be acceptable considering the expected 200 cyclists per day and the immediacy with which a desirable link can be provided, one which would otherwise not be prioritised for some considerable time. A bus layby will also need to be in-filled in order to provide a mostly continuous surface. Auckland Transport’s Walking and Cycling department and the Ward Traffic Engineer, have both approved these constraints, given the overall benefits of the project.

·          Currys Lane will be marked with edge lines and provided with street lighting.

·          A shared path will be installed up the bank onto the NZTA Tristram Interchange northbound off-ramp berm. Constraints of the proximity of guard rail and a stormwater filter box will be accommodated.

·          As part of the Tristram Avenue project, a pedestrian crossing of Tristram Avenue is being negotiated with NZTA. Present discussions indicate approval in principle.

·          If funding permits, the existing path underneath the motorway over bridge, further south of 67 Wairau Road, should be widened to 2.5m.

Auckland Transport News

City Rail Link Appeals over

33.     The City Rail Link (CRL) has reached a major milestone with all appeals to its land designation now resolved by agreement or dismissed.

34.     Five of the six appeals were settled and the only appeal that went to the Environment Court has been dismissed. The designation is now confirmed subject to finalisation of conditions by the Court.

35.     Early works start in November this year. While there are still some other planning processes to work through in relation to regional consents and Britomart, it is anticipated a start on the cut and cover in Albert Street will commence in May next year.

36.     The CRL is critical to Auckland, being a major economic development catalyst as well as a significant transport investment that will help shape and grow our city.

37.     Already there is something like 170,000 m2 of proposed or consented development on or adjacent to the CRL route on Albert Street.

38.     The Court’s decision ends a two and a half year planning process to get the designation for the project.

39.     The now confirmed designation identifies land in the district plan for rail purposes and protects the route for the future.

Grafton Bridge taxi trial

40.     Taxis are getting access to Grafton Bridge on a trial basis to make it easier for people to get to Auckland City and Starship Children’s Hospitals, the City Centre and Newmarket.

41.     The year-long trial will allow taxis to use the bridge 24 hours a day giving them the same access as buses, motorcyles and bikes.

42.     The trial is being run to see if adding taxis affects other users of the bridge. AT will be analysing data to assess the impact on driver behaviour, bus travel times and intersection queuing every three months.

43.     Auckland Transport will carry out CCTV monitoring of Grafton Bridge throughout the trial. The bridge is a major link to the hospitals and allowing taxis to use it at all hours should improve access for patients and visitors.

44.     The existing bus lanes operate 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday, at other times the bridge is open to general traffic. AT will be converting the existing bus lanes to ‘bus and taxi’ lanes and the signs and road markings will be updated.

45.     There will be rules around taxis using the bridge. There will be no overtaking of cyclists and the taxis must give bikes space when following them. They won’t be allowed to pick-up or drop-off passengers and U-turns are banned.

46.     Taxis cannot use the special vehicle lane when they are not in service.

47.     Auckland Transport will be using video cameras to enforce the rules during the year-long trial which starts on 31 August. The trial does not permit private hire vehicles to use the bridge.

Consideration

Local Board views and implications

48.     This report is for the Local Board’s information.

Māori impact statement

49.     No specific issues with regard to the Maori Impact Statement are triggered by this report.

General

50.     The activities detailed in this report do not trigger the Significance Policy, all programmes and activities are within budget/in line with the Council’s Annual Plan and LTP documents and there are no legal or legislative implications arising from the activities detailed in this report.

Implementation

51.     There are no implementation issues.

 

 

 

Attachments

No.

Title

Page

aView

Kaipatiki Issues List

13

bView

Kaipatiki Forward Works Aug 15

21

cView

Quarterly Report

27

dView

Currys Lane Cycle Route - Sharedpath

31

eView

Currys Lane Cycle Route - Street Lighting

33

fView

Wairau Rd Footpath Widening

37

gView

Tristram Avenue Shared Cycleway

41

      

Signatories

Authors

Marilyn Nicholls, Elected Member Relationship Manager, Auckland Transport

Authorisers

Jonathan Anyon, Elected Member Relationship Team Manager, Auckland Transport

Eric Perry - Relationship Manager

 


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