The Panmure to Pakuranga busway section of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Eastern Busway is open for public submissions.
Auckland Transport had lodged a Notice of Requirement and resource consent application to Auckland Council for the Eastern Busway – Panmure to Pakuranga section. The Council has publicly notified the project and it is open for public submissions from 7 February 2017 for a period of 20 business days.
Auckland Transport is holding public information sessions as detailed below and we would like local residents and businesses to get involved and make submissions:
|14 February 2017||6.30am - 9.30am||Panmure Station, mezzanine level|
|16 February 2017||4pm - 9pm||Pakuranga Plaza (outside Farmers)|
|18 February 2017||6pm - 10pm||Pakuranga night markets, Westfield (under The Warehouse)|
Auckland Transport AMETI Eastern Busway Project Director Duncan Humphrey says the project will deliver the initial stage of New Zealand’s first urban busway, allowing bus travel on congestion-free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga.
“AMETI is aimed at improving transport choices and better connecting residents of east Auckland to the rest of the city.”
“The Panmure to Pakuranga section of AMETI will allow buses to travel on congestion-free lanes. It’ll mean quicker, more frequent and reliable buses on lanes separate to general traffic, making public transport more attractive and improving the quality of service. It will also see major improvements for both cyclists and pedestrians giving them safer, more direct connections. Safeguarding the route through the Notice of Requirement will provide certainty to both existing and future property owners.”
Mr Humphrey encourages people to make submissions to Auckland Council on the project.
Auckland Transport’s application has taken on board feedback from previous consultations. Some of these include:
- Changes to the design of the Panmure intersection.
- Adding in a U-turn facility on Queens Road in Panmure.
- Moving the proposed new Panmure Bridge 5m north to future proof the upgrade of the existing road bridge.
- Widening Williams Avenue in Pakuranga to allow parking on both sides and two lanes of traffic.
- Improvements to property access along the route.
Following public submissions, there will be a public hearing by independent commissioners to test Auckland Transport’s application for consents for the proposal. This process allows any member of the public to make submissions supporting or challenging the proposal.
- Replacing the Panmure roundabout with an intersection with traffic lights, bus priority and more direct pedestrian crossings.
- Panmure to Pakuranga busway on dedicated lanes separate to general traffic congestion.
- Panmure to Pakuranga footpaths and cycle lanes separate to traffic.
- Second Panmure Bridge for the busway, with separated footpaths and cycle lanes.
- Shorter and safer walking routes around Panmure Station and town centre.
- Safer walking and cycling connections between Panmure and Pakuranga.
- The Panmure intersection will prioritise movement of vehicles along Lagoon Drive and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway.
- More frequent bus services – every five to 10 minutes between Panmure and Pakuranga.
- Making bus journey times reliable at any time of the day.
- A significant amount of work has been carried out to minimise the effects on the environment including improvements to water quality through increased stormwater treatment.
- Improving access to and recognition of the nationally significant Mokoia Pa and the historic 150-year old remains of the Panmure Swing Bridge.
- Safer and easier for motorists to access Pakuranga Road.
- Better transport connections to the bus and train networks.
The following stages of AMETI will see the construction of the Pakuranga bus station, the construction of Reeves Road Flyover and