We’re getting back to you with a revised proposal and we’d like to hear your views


Project status: Analysis & reporting
Open for feedback: 5th June 2018 - 3rd July 2018
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The renewal of Woolston village centre is a significant Council streetscape project from the 2014 Ferry Road Suburban Master Plan. It aims to transform and revitalise Ferry Road through the village, and reinforce its growing vibrancy.

Artists impression

Artists impression

The improvements will complement Woolston’s distinctive character while improving the way the village looks and feels, so that visits are more pleasant and enjoyable, and more people are attracted to spend time in the centre.

The upgrade will include new trees and plants, new footpaths, additional street furniture, and car parking.

In 2016 we consulted on a plan to upgrade Woolston Village. There was strong support for many of the ideas, but concerns were raised about the extent of parking loss proposed, and how this would affect local businesses and the community.

In response, we considered a number of alternative designs to get the best overall outcome. We aim to create an attractive and distinctive street that also takes into account the needs of people passing through and stopping in the village. This has led to the development of a revised draft plan for you to consider.

This plan retains more parking spaces than the previous proposal, while also including features to support Woolston’s special character as a village and destination. It also includes safety improvements for people walking, biking and using the bus on this busy section of road.

Concept plan [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Come and talk to staff about the proposal

Wednesday 13 June, 4.30 to 6.30pm St Johns Church Lounge, corner of Ferry Road and St Johns Street.

There will be a short staff presentation starting at 4.45pm and again at 5.45pm.

What we are proposing

The proposal extends along Ferry Road from Portman Street to St Anne’s School.

Artists impression of Ferry Road looking south-east

The new plan aims to:

  • Improve the appearance of the centre while retaining the unique industrial character
  • Create a regular row of trees and landscaping as a distinct and attractive part of the street
  • Create a centre with a distinct sense of place – a look and feel that people recognise and enjoy
  • Create individual spaces in the streetscape that are attractive places to walk through, stop and stay

A place for walking

The plan includes:

  • Wider footpaths and improved crossing facilities in the village
  • Two signal controlled crossings outside the community library and St Johns Church
  • Three upgraded crossings with pedestrian refuges and handrails
  • Upgraded street lighting

A place to park

  • 55 on-street car park spaces on this section of Ferry Road (this is a reduction from 69 existing car parks and an increase from 21 in the previous plan)
  • 32 off-street public car park spaces behind the library with improved pedestrian access and signage to direct vehicles 
  • Time-restricted parking to allow for higher turnover

Catching the bus

  • Two pairs of bus stops in the village located next to the two signal- controlled crossing points
  • Two new bus stops in central Woolston replace those at Portman Street 
  • The bus stop outside St Johns Church moved to 729 Ferry Road
  • The bus stops near the corner of Catherine Street moved slightly to the east
  • Passengers waiting for the bus outside the library can use the covered area, and we are proposing purpose built shelters for all other stops

Going by bike

  • Wider cycle lanes though the village
  • Thirty-six cycle parking stands spread throughout the village

The signal-controlled crossing outside St Johns Church allows people on bikes to cross safely to reach the church and school, and link the major cycle routes to the north and south.

Gateways to the village

Gateway features of trees, paving and kerb build-outs at Portman Street and St Anne’s School to define the village entrances.

Lower speed limit

A one year trial 30km/h speed limit on Ferry Road between Portman Street and St Anne’s School will:

  • help make the village safer for all road users and pedestrians
  • make drivers aware they are entering a village environment

We will be monitoring the trial and if it is effective, further consultation will be needed to approve a permanent lower speed limit.

Shared Path from Ferry Road to Community Library car park

We are planning to upgrade the laneway linking Ferry Road to the public car park and pre-school behind the library, for use by pedestrians and cyclists only. This laneway is not currently used for public vehicle access, and drivers can enter the car park from Portman Street or an alternative access beside the Night and Day Dairy. To do this, the Community Board will need to change the legal status of the road to a shared path.

The path will link to the courtyard area of the library. It will be well lit and include a South Island Kowhai tree which will act as a bollard, along with a coronation stone from 1911, which was part of the original Woolston library. The area also includes some planting along the new building wall and three cycle stands.

Other features

More planting

  • Approximately 30 new trees, spaced to create a regular canopy where possible (7 existing trees may be removed due to poor condition or road re-alignment). The number and location of trees are subject to underground services.
  • New garden beds in a mixture of low native and exotic species in red and white.

Trees

Oak planted to replace trees to be removed in poor condition near the existing large Oak tree at St Johns Church.

Upright Hornbeam at the village entrances. This upright tree with bright autumn colour reaches approximately 12m in height.

Pin Oak replacement of two Pin Oak trees near Portman Street to allow a change to the kerb. This will retain the existing set of four Pin Oak trees.

Magnolia Kobus the main street tree. This vase shaped tree grows approx 7m tall, produces star-shaped white flowers in the spring/summer and is hardy to withstand the local Woolston conditions near the coast.