Henderson Streets for People

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Artwork design by Jermaine ReihanaArtwork by Jermaine Reihana - to be installed at the intersection of Great North Rd, Railside Ave and Ratanui St, Henderson

11 Oct 2021 - Update

Works will begin tonight to remove and adapt the trial elements starting with Great North Rd. To read more visit 11 October 2021 update.

22 Sep 2021 - Update

With the move into COVID-19 L3 restrictions, works will begin within the week to remove and adapt the trial elements once the road safety audit is completed.

18 Aug 2021 - Update

During COVID-19 L4 restrictions all physical road works need to be placed on hold, unless deemed essential. The works will commence once L3 restrictions are in place.

5 Aug 2021 - Decision announced on the future of the trial

Eke Panuku’s Henderson Streets for People trial has now been completed with most elements scheduled for removal and some minor elements retained or adapted.

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

The trial tested a number of different ways to make Henderson’s streets better for people walking and cycling, to add colour and vibrancy, and to make the town centre less dominated by traffic while collecting ‘real time’ feedback and traffic data.

Eke Panuku tested quick, temporary changes to see how well they worked, which could be adapted based on feedback collected from the community’s experience of the changes, before assessing its long-term future.

Taking data collected and feedback from the trial into consideration, of the 10 elements trialled, the following will be removed over the next eight weeks:

  • The bus lane on Railside Avenue, south of Edsel Street
  • The single lane restrictions on both directions of Great North Road. This will return to two lanes in each direction
  • The temporary shared path on Great North Road. Car parking will also be reinstated
  • The parklet outside 385 Great North Road
  • The removal of the bus lane and shared path on Railside Avenue (between Stevies Lane and Great North Road) – completed in July 2021
  • The reinstatement of the left turn lane from Great North Road onto Henderson Valley Road – completed in July 2021

The following elements will be adapted:

  • The right turn restrictions into and out of WestCity mall on Railside Avenue will be adapted to include more suitable planter boxes
  • The intersection roadway artwork on Great North Road/Railside Avenue/Ratanui Street may need to be adapted to ensure vehicle speeds remain low around it

The following elements will remain:

  • The roadway artwork located on Trading Place
  • The roadway artwork located on Waitākere Lane
  • The shared path on Ratanui Street

The data showed that the changes trialled reduced vehicle speeds and volumes through the town centre, improved the sense of safety for cyclists and pedestrians and had minimal impact on overall business spend. Travel times, however, did increase.

Community feedback stated that some businesses felt financially impacted, and the tactical implementation of these changes resulted in frustration with the resulting congestion.

Henderson will require better and safer connections for walking and cycling. To ensure that there are no gaps in the regional cycle network, the council whānau will capitalise on significant investment in rail and support the quality intensification of the town centre. An important outcome of the trial is that the information collected has shown there are options to shift some traffic to the outer ring roads if needed. The trial has highlighted opportunities to better work with the community to talk about future projects and find solutions that better meet the existing and future needs of the community.

About Henderson Streets for People

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

Since November last year, Eke Panuku and Auckland Transport worked with locals to bring together a range of different ideas to trial including establishment of a community advisory group made up of representatives from Te Kawerau ā Maki, the Henderson-Massey Local Board, community leaders, businesses, residents and local organisations. The advisory group helped guide the project to encourage a diversity of local views which were gathered from co-design sessions held at a pop-up shop on Railside Ave, the Henderson Christmas Festival, Te Puna Market and other events. The ideas gathered were temporarily trialled in Henderson from May to July 2021.

Next steps:

  • The removal and adaptations of the trial will begin in late August 2021, and may take up to eight weeks to be completed. This is because the removals are dependent on weather and traffic management approvals being in place. All works will take place at night.
  • A full data report will be made available later this month, which will provide a summary of the data gathered.
  • Eke Panuku will look to provide further participation opportunities on the future of the Henderson town centre.

Thank you to the people of Henderson who provided feedback from the co-design sessions through to the completion of the trial.

To find out more about Eke Panuku’s long-term regeneration plans for Henderson, visit www.panuku.co.nz/henderson


Images of the trial

A few images of the changes from 5 to 16 July to reinstate Railside Ave (between Stevies Lane and Great North Rd) and the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd

Looking from the intersection down Railside Ave to the train station

Reinstatement of the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd


A few images of the temporary changes installed during 13 May to 12 June.


Intersection installed
Great North Rd/ Ratanui St and Railside Ave

Intersection - in use


Trading Place


Trading Place
Great North Rd/Ratanui St/Railside Ave


Railside Ave - Planters installed


Progress from late 2020

Last year through a series of co-design workshops, Henderson locals shared their ideas for ways to make central Henderson streets safer, more vibrant and less dominated by traffic. We opened a Pop Up Shop on Railside Ave and during the two week period, 79 locals dropped in and participated in our co-design workshops and we received in total 500 pieces of feedback including from 150 locals at the Henderson Christmas Festival and other local events. The input gained has given us valuable insights for the project. Check out the 'updates' under the documents section.

Henderson locals giving feedback
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Artwork design by Jermaine ReihanaArtwork by Jermaine Reihana - to be installed at the intersection of Great North Rd, Railside Ave and Ratanui St, Henderson

11 Oct 2021 - Update

Works will begin tonight to remove and adapt the trial elements starting with Great North Rd. To read more visit 11 October 2021 update.

22 Sep 2021 - Update

With the move into COVID-19 L3 restrictions, works will begin within the week to remove and adapt the trial elements once the road safety audit is completed.

18 Aug 2021 - Update

During COVID-19 L4 restrictions all physical road works need to be placed on hold, unless deemed essential. The works will commence once L3 restrictions are in place.

5 Aug 2021 - Decision announced on the future of the trial

Eke Panuku’s Henderson Streets for People trial has now been completed with most elements scheduled for removal and some minor elements retained or adapted.

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

The trial tested a number of different ways to make Henderson’s streets better for people walking and cycling, to add colour and vibrancy, and to make the town centre less dominated by traffic while collecting ‘real time’ feedback and traffic data.

Eke Panuku tested quick, temporary changes to see how well they worked, which could be adapted based on feedback collected from the community’s experience of the changes, before assessing its long-term future.

Taking data collected and feedback from the trial into consideration, of the 10 elements trialled, the following will be removed over the next eight weeks:

  • The bus lane on Railside Avenue, south of Edsel Street
  • The single lane restrictions on both directions of Great North Road. This will return to two lanes in each direction
  • The temporary shared path on Great North Road. Car parking will also be reinstated
  • The parklet outside 385 Great North Road
  • The removal of the bus lane and shared path on Railside Avenue (between Stevies Lane and Great North Road) – completed in July 2021
  • The reinstatement of the left turn lane from Great North Road onto Henderson Valley Road – completed in July 2021

The following elements will be adapted:

  • The right turn restrictions into and out of WestCity mall on Railside Avenue will be adapted to include more suitable planter boxes
  • The intersection roadway artwork on Great North Road/Railside Avenue/Ratanui Street may need to be adapted to ensure vehicle speeds remain low around it

The following elements will remain:

  • The roadway artwork located on Trading Place
  • The roadway artwork located on Waitākere Lane
  • The shared path on Ratanui Street

The data showed that the changes trialled reduced vehicle speeds and volumes through the town centre, improved the sense of safety for cyclists and pedestrians and had minimal impact on overall business spend. Travel times, however, did increase.

Community feedback stated that some businesses felt financially impacted, and the tactical implementation of these changes resulted in frustration with the resulting congestion.

Henderson will require better and safer connections for walking and cycling. To ensure that there are no gaps in the regional cycle network, the council whānau will capitalise on significant investment in rail and support the quality intensification of the town centre. An important outcome of the trial is that the information collected has shown there are options to shift some traffic to the outer ring roads if needed. The trial has highlighted opportunities to better work with the community to talk about future projects and find solutions that better meet the existing and future needs of the community.

About Henderson Streets for People

The Henderson Streets for People project, led by Eke Panuku Development Auckland in collaboration with Auckland Transport and funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, trialled a series of temporary changes in Henderson to make it easier and safer for locals to move around the town centre.

Since November last year, Eke Panuku and Auckland Transport worked with locals to bring together a range of different ideas to trial including establishment of a community advisory group made up of representatives from Te Kawerau ā Maki, the Henderson-Massey Local Board, community leaders, businesses, residents and local organisations. The advisory group helped guide the project to encourage a diversity of local views which were gathered from co-design sessions held at a pop-up shop on Railside Ave, the Henderson Christmas Festival, Te Puna Market and other events. The ideas gathered were temporarily trialled in Henderson from May to July 2021.

Next steps:

  • The removal and adaptations of the trial will begin in late August 2021, and may take up to eight weeks to be completed. This is because the removals are dependent on weather and traffic management approvals being in place. All works will take place at night.
  • A full data report will be made available later this month, which will provide a summary of the data gathered.
  • Eke Panuku will look to provide further participation opportunities on the future of the Henderson town centre.

Thank you to the people of Henderson who provided feedback from the co-design sessions through to the completion of the trial.

To find out more about Eke Panuku’s long-term regeneration plans for Henderson, visit www.panuku.co.nz/henderson


Images of the trial

A few images of the changes from 5 to 16 July to reinstate Railside Ave (between Stevies Lane and Great North Rd) and the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd

Looking from the intersection down Railside Ave to the train station

Reinstatement of the left hand turn onto Henderson Valley Rd


A few images of the temporary changes installed during 13 May to 12 June.


Intersection installed
Great North Rd/ Ratanui St and Railside Ave

Intersection - in use


Trading Place


Trading Place
Great North Rd/Ratanui St/Railside Ave


Railside Ave - Planters installed


Progress from late 2020

Last year through a series of co-design workshops, Henderson locals shared their ideas for ways to make central Henderson streets safer, more vibrant and less dominated by traffic. We opened a Pop Up Shop on Railside Ave and during the two week period, 79 locals dropped in and participated in our co-design workshops and we received in total 500 pieces of feedback including from 150 locals at the Henderson Christmas Festival and other local events. The input gained has given us valuable insights for the project. Check out the 'updates' under the documents section.

Henderson locals giving feedback
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  • Thank you for your feedback. All of the feedback received was taken into consideration along with the traffic data collated. A decision on the future of the trial was made on 5 August 2021, as outlined on the main project page above.

     

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    The Henderson Streets for People project is bringing colour to the streets of Henderson and we need your help.  “Paint a Planter Box” is being held on 10 April, 1pm to 4pm, Outside Shed 2, Corban Estate Art Centre, 2 Lebanon Lane, Henderson.  We are seeking volunteers to paint timber crates to decorate the town centre.  It is open to everyone – no creative skills required just your passion to make Henderson alive with vibrancy!

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