The AMETI Eastern Busway Project build has now begun. This transformational transport project will provide better connections, faster journey times, and improved travel choice for you. The Eastern Busway will operate in similar way to the Northern Busway and will be supported by improved cycling and walking connections, improvements for general traffic and enhanced landscaping and street upgrades for the surrounding area.
Like with all major projects, there's going to be some disruption along major roads in East Auckland, especially between Panmure roundabout and Pakuranga Plaza.
We all know sitting in traffic isn't fun, but by work together and all doing our piece, we can help minimise congestion and make the most out of our commutes while construction takes place.
|1||Work begins to transform Panmure Roundabout into a more efficient signalised intersection|
|2||Some trees will be removed along Lagoon Drive in preparation for road widening and construction of Busway (new trees and vegetation will be included as part of the final busway)|
|3||Work begins to upgrade the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive and Pakuranga Road|
|4||Construction begins to build retaining walls along northern parts of Lagoon Drive to enable road widening for the busway, cycling and walking connections (near the current roundabout and alongside the headland area near Bridge Street)|
|5||Work begins to widen Pakuranga Road to allow for busway, cycling and walking paths|
|6||Construction begins on the new busway bridge across Tamaki River|
|7||Work begins to upgrade the intersection of Church Crescent and Lagoon Drive|
|8||Work begins to develop new park at headland area on Panmure side of Tamaki River|
|9||Construction of stage 1 between Panmure and Pakuranga is complete|
|Completed by 2025 - Stage 2, 3 and 4 construction Pakuranga to Botany stage, including the Reeves Road flyover (subject to consent).|
|Utility and drainage upgrades near Williams Ave.
Improvements to local carparks completed
Landscaping and Flora planting along completed route.
Urban design and streetscape upgrades on Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road.
Public art installations
Auckland Transport and its contractor Fulton Hogan are working hard to minimise disruption to the travelling public and local residents. However, some disruption can be expected and this includes:
Traffic congestion in the vicinity of Panmure Roundabout, Lagoon Drive, Pakuranga Road and Ti Rakau Drive especially during peak travel times
Ongoing changes to the road layout (Auckland Transport is working to maintain all traffic lanes for the majority of the construction period)
Speed restrictions around construction areas (30km per hour)
Large vehicle movements (trucks, excavators etc)
Changes to pedestrian routes
We have put in measures to help provide improved travel options during construction and will undertake disruptive work during holiday periods, weekends and at night where possible.
A Park and Ride service is available at Lloyd Elsmore Park, providing 300 car spaces next to the netball courts. This Park and Ride connects the 729 express bus service from Howick, through to Panmure Station. The 728 service runs between the Park and Ride, and Panmure Station.
Routes 728 and 729 operate Monday to Friday during peak hours only.
"To minimise congestion, I'm choosing to take the train and bus to and from University."
Josh Clarke, Student.
Whether it's carpooling with friends, shopping local or taking the walking school bus you can save on fuel, and you can get to know your community better.
Try the AT Smart Travel carpooling app:
A new T2 lane (traffic lane reserved for vehicles with 2 or more occupants) started running on 30 June, on Pakuranga Road between Dunrobin Place and Gossamer Drive. This is to help improve journey times for buses and cars with multiple occupants. The lane will operate in the westbound direction (heading towards Pakuranga), between 6am and 10am from Monday to Friday.
"The families in our neighbourhood have organised a walking school bus to take the kids to school."
Aleki Palu, Local Teacher.
If you're traveling into town, take Waipuna Bridge or Highbrook Drive, to avoid the traffic on Panmure Bridge. Check out the NZTA traffic congestion map to find alternative options.
"We're choosing to shop local to minimise the time spent in the car and get to know our community better."
Kim Harvey, Local Parent.
This may not be an option for you, but many organisations are encouraging 'flexi-time' with their staff. By commuting outside of peak hour traffic, you can avoid the congestion and arrive fresh to start your day.
"I'm letting my staff work flexible hours, so they can avoid commuting during peak hour traffic times."
Emma Ng, Local Owner / Operator.
If you think you will be affected by this work and would like help with revising your travel plans during construction, we can help. Whether it's helping with alternative travel routes, advice on public transport options or developing a travel plan for your school, business or organisation we can assist. Request a personalised journey plan and one of our team will be in touch.Get your journey plan
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