This project will
Provide safer place to bike or walk
Better connectivity between city and suburbs
Improve accessibility to bus service
We are planning some changes to Killarney Road to make it easier and safer for people to bike and walk, and to improve parking arrangements to support local businesses.
The upgrades include:
Killarney Road is a high priority route in Hamilton’s citywide bike network plan, linking Dinsdale and Frankton to Innes Common, the Western Rail Trail and the central city. We also want to improve Killarney Road for the local businesses, and change parking arrangements to balance their needs.
This project is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Transport Choices programme, which will help create a connected network across the city, supporting Council’s move to a low emissions transport system in response to climate change.
September 2023Public feedback has closed, and the project has moved to the design phase. It will be considered by the Council’s Infrastructure and Transport Committee for…
January 2024With final design and construction approval from Waka Kotahi, we expect work to begin in early 2024.
February 2024Our goal is to complete the project by February 2024. All projects in the Transport Choices programme will be completed by June 2024.
A separated cycleway on the northern side of the road protects people on bikes from traffic. Putting on-street parking on the outside of the two-way cycleway improves visibility of people on bikes. Removing the painted cycle lanes on the southern side of the road removes potential conflict points for people on bikes.
Feedback showed a few businesses often saw groups of people using wheelchairs, mobility scooters and walkers in the area. They felt it was not safe for people to walk in the area. We are proposing raised pedestrian crossings across Colombo Street and Ellis Street on the northern side of the road to improve pedestrian safety.
An independent safety review found there were no serious or significant risks with this project. A safe transport system is a key outcome of our transport strategy, and we won't compromise to deliver transport projects. Driveway widths are being maintained to ensure vehicles can access business sites.
There will be a reduction of 10 on-street parking spaces on the northern side of Killarney Road. There will be no parking loss on the southern side of the road.
We think there is an opportunity for staff from businesses to park on Fraser Street and use the Western Rail Trail to walk and cycle to work.
The upgrades we are planning will make it safer for people with disabilities to travel along Killarney Road and reach other destinations such as the Western Rail Trail, Lake Domain, or the central city.
Raised pedestrian and cycling crossings on Ellis Street and Colombo Street will slow traffic and increase visibility. The raised crossings also provide a level pathway for anyone with a physical disability to move from one side of the street to the other, without having to negotiating dips in the road.
Upgrading bus stop infrastructure will also make it easier for people with disabilities to use buses.
Yes. Killarney Road connects to the Hamilton Lake Domain. It also connects to the Western Rail Trail, which leads on to the Gallagher Hockey Centre, Innes Common, and to Ward Park and Seddon Park in the city.
No. Providing alternative transport options that support people to make changes to the way they travel is important. Providing a better-balanced transport system with options that reduce the need to drive or own a car is increasingly important to ensure population and economic growth don’t translate into more congestion, more emissions and ultimately less successful and liveable cities.
Transport Choices projects are funded up to 90% by the Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF), not taxpayer or road user charges. Councils fund the balance of project costs. Funding for Transport Choices is administered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Last updated 27 November 2023