Work has started on the final stage of the Hibiscus Coast Busway Station.
Once completed, the station will include ticket and AT HOP top-up facilities, toilets, secure cycle parking, and waiting areas that will be well lit and protected from the elements.
An additional 90 car parks will be built, bringing the total in the park and ride to 600 spaces.
Hibiscus Coast station is the northern terminus of the Northern Express bus services, which connect to eight bus routes, servicing the wider Hibiscus Coast and Warkworth areas.
Image: Hibiscus Coast Busway Station design.
Mayor Phil Goff has visited the site of the busway station and says he's pleased to see the project enter its final phase.
"Once complete, the station will provide the Hibiscus Coast with a suitable modern facility to meet the growing demand for public transport.
"We know this demand exists across Auckland. Wherever we provide fast, accessible and reliable public transport choices and good supporting facilities, Aucklanders chose to use them - as the strong annual growth in patronage has shown.
"Facilities like the Hibiscus Coast busway station will encourage still more people to use public transport in Auckland, helping to address traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions."
Mark Lambert, AT's Executive General Manager for Integrated Networks says for those commuting from Hibiscus Coast towards to the city centre, the beginning of construction will be welcome. "We appreciate that there has been some wait for construction of this station building, so we'd like to thank customers for their patience.
"The North Shore bus network introduced in September 2018 has been a great success with more people now crossing the harbour bridge in buses rather than cars. The number trips starting or finishing at Hibiscus Coast's temporary stop has increased by close to 13 per cent the past year."
Construction is expected to be completed by the end of next year.