Auckland Transport

Bus & transit priority lanes

Bus and transit lanes reduce congestion and speed up travel times by separating buses and vehicles with more than a single occupant. Depending on the amount of traffic, these lanes have varying operating times and conditions. All are well sign-posted and marked clearly on the road surface.


Changes to hours of operation

Over the next year, we are changing the hours that bus and transit lanes operate across Auckland.

Currently, lanes operate at inconsistent times and don't always align with peak travel times. Population growth in Auckland is significantly increasing the number of people on the roads, leading to longer periods of peak traffic conditions.

With the introduction of the new public transport network, Auckland needs more consistent operating hours to reduce delays and ensure more consistent journey times, which will in turn facilitate increasing the frequency of bus services.

With a few exceptions, the new standard hours of operation will be:

 Lane location

Old hours

New hours

City Centre

Varies

24/7

Grafton Bridge

7am to 7pm

No change

North Shore Transit Lanes

6.30 to 9am and 4 to 6pm

6.30 to 10am and 4 to 7pm

Elsewhere

7 to 9am and 4 to 6pm

7 to 10am and 4 to 7pm


Lanes in central Auckland

Anzac Avenue

Citybound

24 hours, Monday to Friday.

Beach Road to Waterloo Quadrant / Alten Avenue.

Outbound

24 hours, Monday to Friday,

Beach Road to Waterloo Quadrant / Alten Avenue.

Broadway Newmarket

Citybound

7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Outbound

7am to 9am and 4 to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Dominion Road

Citybound

7am to 9am.

Outbound

4pm to 6 pm.

Donovan Street

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Bus lane on the northern side of Donovan Street in Blockhouse Bay, runs from the bus stop west of Rathlin Street to the bus stop west of Boundary Road.

In addition, new right-turn bays have been installed on Donovan Street at the following intersections: Lewis Street, McFadzean Drive, Shipton Place.

Fanshawe Street

Citybound

24 hours.

Fanshawe Street, from Daldy Street to just west of Customs Street West.

Outbound

24 hours.

Fanshawe St, between west of Albert Street to east of Halsey Street.

Monitoring the Fanshawe Street bus lane

We are using CCTV cameras to actively monitor all vehicles travelling in the Fanshawe Street bus lane. Vehicle infringements will be issued to unauthorised vehicles driving in these lanes. If you need to enter the bus lane to turn left, this can be done up to 50 metres from your turn.

The Fanshawe St bus lanes operate 24/7 and no stopping is permitted.

We are using CCTV cameras to actively monitor all vehicles travelling in the Fanshawe Street bus lane. Vehicle infringements will be issued to unauthorised vehicles driving in these lanes. If you need to enter the bus lane to turn left, this can be done up to 50 metres from your turn.

The Fanshawe St bus lanes operate 24/7 and no stopping is permitted.

Grafton Bridge

Citybound and outbound

7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

These operating times apply year round (including public holidays). During the specified operating times the bridge is closed to traffic other than buses, cyclists, motorcyclists and emergency services. All other times the bridge is open to general traffic.

Great North Road

Citybound

7am to 9am.

Pt Chevalier Shops to St Lukes Road; Western Springs interchange to Bond Street (excluding Grey Lynn shops); Bond Street to the Ponsonby Road intersection.

Outbound

4pm to 6pm.

Burns Street to Bond Street; Northland Street to Crummer Road ; Surrey Crescent to the Bullock Track; Turangi Road to St Lukes Road ; St Lukes Road to Parr Road North.

Great South Road

Citybound

7am to 9am.

Great South Road, between Greenlane Road West and Ngaire Avenue.

7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Great South Road between Campbell Road and Greenlane West.

Outbound

7am to 9am and 4pm to  6pm, Monday to Friday.

Great South Road between Greenlane East and Woodbine Avenue.

Halsey Street

24 hours.

Hobson Street

24 hours.

Karangahape Road

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Between Day Street and Pitt Street.

Khyber Pass Road

Citybound and outbound

7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Manukau Road

7am to 9am and 4pm to 6pm.

Manukau Road to/from Owens Road to Greenwoods Corner, joining to/from the Pah Road T3 lane.

Mt Eden Road

Citybound

7am to 9am.

Outbound

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

4.30pm to 5.30pm.

Between Batger and Oaklands.

Pah Road

24 hours.

Trafalgar Street to/from Greenwoods Corner, following on to/from the Manukau Road T3 lane.

New North Road

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Between Bond Street and Mostyn Street.

Outbound

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Between Ace Place and opposite New Bond Street.

Park Road

Citybound

7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

Carlton Gore Road to Grafton Road.

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road.

Outbound

7am to 7pm. Monday to Friday.

Khyber Pass Road to Carlton Gore Road.

Parnell Rise

Citybound

24 hours.

Carlaw Park Avenue to Stanley Street.

Ponsonby Road

City bound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Towards Karangahape Road, Ponsonby Road, eastern side between Hopetoun Street and Karangahape Road.

Quay Street

Citybound

6am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Between The Stand and Commerce Street.

24 hours.

Central Lane between Lower Albert Street and Queen Elizabeth Square.

Queen Street

Outbound

24 hours, 7 days.

City Road to Karangahape Road.

Sandringham Road

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Between Watson Avenue and Leslie Avenue; between Ethel Street and opposite Onslow Avenue.

Outbound

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Between Burnley Terrace and Lancing Road; between Patterson St and Tranmere Road; between Harwood Street and Parry Street.

Symonds Street

Citybound (1)

24 hours.

Karangahape Road to Airedale Street; Airedale Street to St Pauls Street; Alfred Street to Waterloo Quadrant.

Citybound (2)

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Green-coloured lane between Charlotte Street on New North Road and Alex Evans St on Symonds Street.

Outbound

24 hours.

Alten Road to Grafton Bridge.

Green-coloured lane between Symonds Street motorway off-ramp and the intersection with Khyber Pass Road.

Guidelines for cyclists are also marked out on the Symonds Street approach to the Khyber Pass Road intersection.

Victoria Street West

24 hours.

Vincent Street

Citybound

6am to 10am, Monday to Friday.

Pitt Street to Cook Street.

Wellesley Street West

24 hours.

Lanes in east Auckland

Ellerslie-Panmure Highway

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

Main Highway, 170m bus lane on the approach to the intersection of Great South Road, Main Highway, Campbell Road and Wairakei Road.

Remuera Road

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

  • Between Blackett Crescent and Upland Road: T3 transit lane (there must be at least 3 occupants in the vehicle).
  • Between Market Road and Broadway: T3 transit lane.

Outbound

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

  • Between St Marks Road and Market Road: T3 transit lane.
  • Between Upland Road and Blackett Crescent: T3 transit lane.

Tamaki Drive

Citybound

7am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 transit lane between Kelly Tarlton's and Ngapipi Road (there must be at least 2 occupants in the vehicle).

Lanes in north Auckland

Get a map of transit lanes in Northern Auckland (PDF 536KB)

Akoranga Drive

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between Northcote Road and the Northern Motorway on-ramp.

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between the Northern Motorway off-ramp and Northcote Road.

Constellation Drive

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between East Coast Road and Parkway Drive.

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between Home Place and Apollo Drive.

East Coast Road

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between William Souter Street and the Forest Hill Road roundabout.

Forrest Hill Road

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between the East Coast Road roundabout and Tristram Avenue.

Fred Thomas Drive

Bus lane.

Lake Road

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Kororo Street and Onewa Road.

Northern Busway

Buses only, 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The Northern Busway runs alongside the Northern Motorway, from Constellation Drive to the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Onewa Road

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Birkenhead Avenue and Sylvan Avenue.

4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

T3 lane between Church Street and Birkenhead Avenue.

Shakespeare Road

6.30am to 9am, Monday to Friday.

T2 lane between Kitchener Road and North Shore Hospital.

Lanes in south Auckland

Bus advance areas and/or bus lanes operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the following roads:

  • Pakuranga Road.
  • Ti Rakau Drive.
  • Great South Road.
  • Bader Drive.

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport