Darby St Shared Space Design Open For Feedback


Now it’s Darby St’s turned for feedback about the plans for it to become a shared space.

A draft concept design will be open for public consultation until April 5.

Darby St concept |Auckland City

The shared space design follows a special consultative procedure and public hearing last year on the proposal to turn Darby Street into a pedestrian mall and after public feedback, shared space is now being considered instead.

The proposed design sees the removal of kerbing and introduction of paving across the full width of the street. Already confirmed in Elliott Street, shared space will make the area more pedestrian friendly and provide opportunities and space for outdoor dining and a variety of other street activities, whilst still maintaining vehicle access,

The upgrade also features new paving, outdoor seating, vegetation and lighting .

The cost of the Darby Street upgrade will be approximately $2.3 million and is funded by the CBD targeted rate, a special rate paid for by CBD residents and businesses. The project is part of a 10-year programme to transform a number of streets and open spaces in the CBD to create an urban centre that will attract a lively mix of business, residential and cultural activity.




  1. max says:

    I’d still like to know why turning it into a pedestrian mall failed. I heard it was something administrative/legal, rather than a political decision (but then, the two are often connected, i.e. one is used to “support” the other criticism).

    Anybody know?

  2. jarbury says:

    Not sure Max, although I do know the people at Auckland City who would know. I’ll ask them some time :)

  3. Nick R says:

    I can’t see any need for this short little street to carry traffic, except perhaps for service traffic.

    There are a couple of backpakers down there, I guess they would be keen to have a loading zone and taxi drop off space out front.

    If we ever get a CBD rail tunnel, I imagine Darby St will be the primary link between Queen St and the midtown stations. Very heavy pedestrain traffic.

  4. Jeremy Harris says:

    That’s a better price than $11 million, still seems high though…


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