Project introduction

The Strand Optimisation Project is a joint Waka Kotahi and Auckland Transport project. The project runs along The Strand between Alten Road and Tāmaki Drive in Auckland. This is a short-term project that aims to improve efficiency for freight, travel choices and safety for all along this corridor.

  • Estimated project cost

  • Project type

    Safety improvements
  • Project status

    Design, Investigation

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Consultation on The Strand Optimisation Project closed on 17 April 2023.

Concept design feedback summary – September 2023 [PDF, 1.8 MB]

We will have more information on the preliminary design to share with you in early 2024, leading into detailed design.

If you have any comments or questions about the project, email the project team:


With the predicted future population growth in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, there will be greater travel demand on our existing networks and infrastructure. This means we need to optimise our current transport corridors by using the space we have more efficiently and effectively.

Project aims

The Strand Optimisation project aims to:

  • improve efficiency for freight and high-occupancy vehicles by creating a Special Vehicle Lane
  • improve travel choice by creating a safe, separated shared path from Alten Rd to Tāmaki Drive for people who walk and cycle
  • improve safety for all users.

The proposed improvements

The proposed improvements include:

  • A Special Vehicle Lane (SVL) - A special vehicle lane will be created along part of the route to improve travel efficiency for freight and vehicles with multiple occupants.   The SVL is proposed to be operational between 7-10am and 4-7pm (Monday-Friday) in both directions – depending on the outcome of additional traffic modelling and feedback. Outside of the SVL operational time, the lane can be used by general traffic. Similar to other SVL around the city.
  • A separated shared user path - The shared user path connects to the existing Grafton Gully Shared User path just prior to Alten Road. This will be separated from the road to improve safety.
  • Bus stop removal/relocation – Two bus stops along the strand will be relocated slightly to accommodate new pedestrian crossings. The bus stop on The Strand near the northern end of Sudbury Terrace will be removed.
  • New pedestrian crossings – In total, there will be 10 new crossings in the project area. Three of these are new level signalised pedestrian crossings along The Strand, plus one on Gladstone Road, one on Nicholls Lane and the other on the Stanley Road slip lane to Beach Road. These crossings will all be flat to allow large vehicles, trucks and emergency vehicles to cross easily. There will also be four raised crossings at Ronayne Street, Ngaoho Place, Cotesmore Way and Sudbury Terrace. All signalised crossings will be activated when people press the call button only. This will help to manage the flow of traffic along the road.
  • Intersection improvements – Minor improvements are proposed at the SH16 / Alten Road / Nicholls Lane and Stanley Street / Beach Road / Parnell Rise signalised intersections. The camber of the road will be adjusted along The Strand in the vicinity of the St Georges Bay Road intersection to help reduce instances of truck roll-over events which have occurred in the past.

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This project is a short-term project that will support the longer-term City Centre Masterplan (CCMP) which is being delivered by Auckland Council. It will contribute towards the vision outlined in the east and west stitch in relation to an enhanced Grafton Gully and creating a multi-way boulevard.

Auckland Network Optimisation (ANO)

This project is part of the ANO programme and is one of the first projects being delivered. The aim of ANO is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Auckland’s network, with relatively inexpensive and quick changes to our roads and paths, to improve efficiency, agility, safety and support economic growth outcomes.

Auckland Network Optimisation programme

Frequently asked questions

  • What will happen with the parking along The Strand?

    The project currently proposes removing 31 on-street carparks along The Strand, 30 of which are being removed due to the SVL and 1 due to the SUP. The project will retain 11 on-street carparks and formalise 15 carparks on Shipwright Lane (locations which are used as parking but are legally road). Loading and deliveries are key for businesses therefore the project will look to provide 4 new large loading zones along The Strand (where current illegal footpath parking occurs) and Shipwright Lane.    

    We acknowledge the importance of parking in this area for businesses. The project team will continue to engage with the businesses to try find the correct balance between their needs and freight movements, alongside the efficiency aims of the project.

    There are also paid parking locations along The Strand which will continue to be available as with most areas around Auckland City. 

    For more detailed information on the parking see the draft concept design [PDF, 3 MB]

    Note: The orange represents parking.

    Note on the concept plan, the blue lines are where we identify no parking based on the road changes. Yellow lines are the existing no parking zones.

  • What about recent flooding events?

    ASM and Auckland Council are looking at existing and future stormwater management for the wider catchment and implications for the transport corridor. This may include upgrading the stormwater network in this area.  Healthy Waters, a department within Auckland Council who are responsible for stormwater management in Auckland, advised they have a current project under construction which will connect the last section of major twin 2.5m-diameter stormwater pipes from Quay Street to the harbour outfall. Once completed, the connection should help reduce the risk of flooding along SH16 The Strand and Beach Road areas under moderate to heavy rainfall events. 

    The maintenance programme for the stormwater system along the Strand has undergone a review process and the frequency to carry out routine maintenance has increased. The Strand has been flagged as a high risk site, and ASM have processes in place to reduce the impact from expected large storm events.  The flood mitigation plan will include Emergency Response Plan, process, preparedness, and key learnings from the last few flood events.  

    • Cyclic enviropod maintenance – 4 x per year (increased from 3 times a year).
    • Pre-storm sweeping – The Strand Area is part of our high risk sweeping sites before an expected large storm event.
    • ASM also have a reactive response – if flooding is due to asset performance/condition issues, they will attend and remedy.
  • Next steps?

    Our timeline will follow as below post 17 April 2023 (consultation closing date):

    • collate feedback
    • understand how the feedback impacts detailed design
    • consider next steps to incorporate into detailed design.

    Construction start date will depend on the outcome of this engagement. Works like these are expected to take up to a year.