About the project
The highly anticipated ‘Access for Everyone’ pilot for the Waihorotiu/Queen Street Valley will begin in July 2020, signalling the start of pedestrian priority for the heart of Auckland.
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport will use a co-design process with Queen Street users and stakeholders to test low-cost ways to lay out the street that can be quickly adjusted, adapted, improved or removed through the process. This approach has successfully been used in High Street, where it won an award from Living Streets Aotearoa.
Access for Everyone will work towards the removal of non-essential car traffic from Queen Street. This prioritises pedestrians and frees up road space for public transport, deliveries, emergency services and for people with limited mobility.
Access for Everyone is the key concept in the City Centre Masterplan, the visionary plan to guide the city centre’s development for the next 20 years.
Aucklanders were overwhelmingly supportive of Access for Everyone with 82 per cent of submitters endorsing the concept through the City Centre Masterplan consultation.
There has also been strong public and stakeholder desire for greater pedestrian space and amenity on Queen Street. This pilot gives a chance to test ways of achieving this.
The Waihorotiu Queen St Valley Pilot will commence next month (July 2020). The Pilot will begin with a series of co-design workshops. A reference group of key partners who represent the Queen Street community will shape the co-design. We can then adjust and improve elements based on feedback or if they don’t work as expected.
Engagement will also take place with individual businesses, residents and street users. Further surveys will be undertaken throughout the duration of the pilot, to gauge people’s perceptions and attitudes towards the improvements. Regular reporting to the Planning Committee, Waitematā Local Board and Auckland City Centre Advisory Board (ACCAB) will take place throughout the pilot.
The Queen Street Valley Pilot will make changes to streets between July 2020 and March 2021. Being a pilot scheme, it will try out different ideas for prioritising pedestrians in Queen Street, such as tree planters, pop-up parklets and loading zones. The pilot will be constantly monitored to inform future interventions and, ultimately, a permanent design for Queen Street.
July 2020 - March 2021
Auckland Council and Auckland Transport