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Proposed designs for next stage of Federal Street upgrade

News story
Monday 20 Nov 2017

Designs have been released for the upgrade of Federal Street between Wellesley Street and Mayoral Drive, and you can give feedback on the plans until 10 December.

This second stage of the Federal Street upgrade project follows on from the development of the SKYCITY block between Wellesley and Victoria Streets in 2012. The Federal Street project, being delivered by Auckland Transport and Auckland Council, is part of a proposed laneway circuit running from Aotea Centre to the waterfront, which features good pedestrian access, offering good quality urban design to encourage new business such as retail and restaurants to support a vibrant public environment.  

The proposed design

The proposal is for a shared space which gives priority for people over vehicles, with design features including:

  • Shared space for pedestrians, bikes and vehicles, 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
  • Loading spaces for use from 6am - 11am
  • Removal of 22 parking spaces, like other shared spaces in the city such as Elliott and Fort Streets. Many businesses in the area have their own parking available, with the Civic carpark building nearby. 
  • Street planting
  • New lighting to improve safety and visibility

Auckland Transport say the upgrade will benefit the community in a number of ways. The new street design will further open up the city centre to residents, improve connectivity for commuters coming from western and inner city suburbs and allow people on bikes to connect with the rest of the City Centre Cycle Network, via Vincent and Hopetoun Streets, and the proposed Victoria Street Cycleway.

Take a look at the concept images in the gallery at the bottom of this page.

Provide your feedback to Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport are seeking feedback via their website until 10 December. They want to find out what people think about the proposal and how it meets the needs of the community. They welcome any input on existing issues in the project area that people think should be addressed as well as any other comments or suggestions.

Give feedback now.

To find out more

Auckland Transport are running two open days for the local community to find out more about the plans.

  • Saturday 2 December, 10am to 2pm - French83 Café, 209 Federal Street
  • Wednesday 6 December, 10am to 2pm - Saint Matthew-in-the-City, corner Hobson and Wellesley Streets


Projects that make up the laneway circuit are funded by Auckland Council’s city centre targeted rate, paid by city centre businesses and residents. 


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