Auckland Transport said on Friday it was finalising design plans for the Panmure-Pakuranga busway design, which would provide quicker, more frequent & more reliable bus services for Auckland’s eastern suburbs.
The transport agency is holding public information days & neighbourhood meetings this week and expect to lodge consent applications in late April.
Auckland Transport Ameti (Auckland-Manukau eastern transport initiative) programme director Peter King said the key project was the Panmure Station-Pakuranga Town Centre section of the south-eastern busway. Construction was likely to start in 2017, for the busway to open by 2021.
Auckland Transport is aiming to open the full busway to Botany by 2024, 4 years earlier than previously planned, and extend bus lanes to Highland Park.
The Panmure-Pakuranga projects include:
- Replacing Panmure roundabout with an intersection, with traffic lights & more direct pedestrian crossings
- Panmure-Pakuranga busway on lanes separate from traffic congestion
- Panmure-Pakuranga cycle & footpaths separate from traffic
- Second Panmure Bridge for busway & shared cycle/footpath.
“Large numbers of new passengers will be attracted by buses travelling on congestion-free lanes every 5-10 minutes between Panmure & Pakuranga.
“Buses currently get caught in the same congestion as cars, meaning people have limited choice. Providing a quicker, frequent & more reliable option is expected to shift large numbers out of cars to ease pressure on the roads for journeys that can’t be made by public transport.
“The recent experience with the new Panmure Station & electric trains shows significant growth comes with higher quality public transport
“Another major feature is separated cycle & footpaths, which will make it possible to cycle between Panmure, Pakuranga, and on to Farm Cove & Pigeon Mountain by connecting with the Rotary Walkway along the coast.”
Attribution: Auckland Transport release.