Auckland Transport starts work this week to add more than 1.2km of new 24/7 bus lanes to the city centre to minimise effects on bus timetables when construction starts on the city rail link this year.
That’s the first of a number of downtown changes forced by the rail link construction programme. Auckland Transport also wants commuters into the city by car to think of alternatives for next year, as construction increases congestion.
In November, a new stormwater main being tunnelled under the eastern side of Albert St between Swanson & Wellesley Sts for the rail link will affect traffic lanes at these and the Victoria St intersections.
Some bus routes & stops are being moved to new locations away from these construction works.
The new bus lanes will be on:
- Fanshawe St between Daldy & Halsey Sts
- Halsey St between Fanshawe & Victoria St West
- Victoria St West between Graham & Queen Sts
- Wellesley St West between Sale & Queen Sts
- Mayoral Drive between Cook & Wellesley Sts
- Hobson St between Wellesley & Victoria Sts
City rail link construction manager Chris Bird said yesterday the new bus lanes would be marked using a system called EverGreen which has been developed to align with zero waste policies. It’s made in New Zealand of 90% renewable resources.
“The main construction work involves trenching along Albert St and will start next year. The work is expected to take about 3½ years. Bus changes will be staged around construction during this time. We’d like Aucklanders who usually access the city centre by car to consider alternatives next year to minimise effects on city congestion.”
Auckland Transport will run a campaign early next year, closer to the main construction work, advising commuters to reduce their car trips into the city and will also hold information sessions on travel choices such as public transport, walking, cycling, carpooling & flexible working hours.
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.