Have your say on the design of Stage 4 of the Eastern Busway Have your say on the design of Stage 4 of the Eastern Busway

Date: 15 August 2023

Public consultation is now open on the design of Stage 4 of the Eastern Busway from Tī Rākau Drive to Botany Town Centre. 

AT's Owner Interface Manager Tom Willetts says he encourages the community to have its say.

“We’re encouraging the community to look at the design proposals, share their views using our online survey and meet the project team at an informal pop-in session during August.

“We look forward to understanding the community’s thoughts on our proposals and considering these in our detailed design. The outcome of the consultation will be summarised and shared on the project website later this year.”

The proposals:

  • Link route (EB4L): The preferred, proposed design that the project team is submitting consents for in August 2023 and that will be built when funding is approved. 
  • Interim bus route (EB4i): An interim route that will be constructed by 2027 and will be in use until the link route is funded and built. 

Pop-in sessions:

Wednesday 23 August 2023, 3pm – 7pm 

St Columba Presbyterian Church 

480 Tī Rākau Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland 2013 

Saturday 26 August 2023, 10am – 1pm 

St Columba Presbyterian Church 

480 Tī Rākau Drive, Botany Downs, Auckland 2013 

More information and to have your say:




Notes for editors:

Link route (EB4L):

EB4L is the final stage of the busway. It begins on Tī Rākau Drive, continues along the northern edge of Guys Reserve and Whaka Maumahara, and connects to Te Irirangi Drive where a new Botany Station will be built.

EB4L includes a two-lane road for buses only, which will bypass the Ti Rākau Drive / Te Irirangi Drive intersection, enabling reliable travel times.

A separate cycleway and footpath is proposed along the western edge of the reserve and would connect to the wider Eastern Busway cycling and walking network.

Planning is in progress to determine the exact location of the Botany Station and is likely to be close to the town centre. It will be an interchange for the Eastern Busway, local school bus services, and future Airport to Botany rapid bus services. 

Auckland Transport is in the process of applying for funding through the Regional Land Transport Plan three-year review and it will continue through the consenting process. Consent is being sought for EB4L because it is the preferred design to be delivered when funding is available.

Interim bus route (EB4i):

Auckland Transport has endorsed funding for the design and construction of an interim bus route (EB4i), that will connect the Eastern Busway in Burswood to Tī Rākau Drive. This route will be used until funding is confirmed to build EB4L and the Botany Station.

EB4i will connect from the east side of the Howick and Eastern bus depot to Tī Rākau Drive. There will be traffic lights near Guys Reserve where buses travelling towards Botany will leave the busway. They will continue in regular traffic lanes along Tī Rākau Drive and Te Irirangi Drive to Botany Town Centre bus shelters, which will be upgraded. Buses travelling from Botany towards Pakūranga will move onto the busway at the traffic lights near Guys Reserve.

EB4i would be designed and built as efficiently and cost effectively as possible to maximise benefits and it would be replaced by EB4L and Botany Station, when funding is available.