Whangaparaoa dynamic lane likely to stay

A year after the Dynamic Lane trial began on Whangaparaoa Road, a report is being prepared by Auckland Transport (AT) that is expected to highlight its success, and make the change permanent.

AT started its Dynamic Lane trial between Hibiscus Coast Highway and Red Beach Road on January 24 last year as a way to improve traffic flow on the congested road.

It involves overhead gantries, signs and marking the flush median with LED lights that can be switched on and off, allowing traffic to use the median as an extra lane on and off the peninsula at peak times. Speed on this part of the road was lowered to 50kph – AT says this is unlikely to change.

An interim report on the trial was published in Hibiscus Matters July 18, 2018 issue. This showed that the closely monitored trial was reducing queues and travel times.

Auckland Transport will present its report on the first year of the trial to the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board when it is completed.

Local board chair Julia Parfitt has questioned where the funding for a cycleway along Whangaparaoa Road has gone. She says the funding was there when AT had a plan to widen the section of road where the Dynamic Lane now operates.

Although the road-widening project has essentially been replaced by the Dynamic Lane, Mrs Parfitt says a safe cycleway is still needed along Whangaparaoa Road and the funding should be there in the pot.


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