Triangle Road - Bus priority lane Triangle Road - Bus priority lane

Proposal status: Construction - start mid to late April 2024

Latest Update: 1 April 2024

Project Update

In November 2022, Auckland Transport contacted you to provide feedback on our proposed changes along Triangle Road in Massey, between the creek and Lincoln Road. We also contacted you back in April 2023 and December 2023 to provide an update on the project status.

What happens next

The construction works for this project are planned to start 22 April 2024.

Over time, sections of our roads need to be rebuilt as they wear down with use. This section of Triangle Road needs to be rebuilt. To minimise disruption, we have planned to do both projects at the same time. We have waited until the road rebuild was scheduled to put in the bus priority lane.

The work will take place in day shifts and night shifts. Work is scheduled for outside of peak traffic hours to minimise the impact on traffic. The work will take up to six months to complete, weather dependant.

The changes to Triangle Road include:

  • Installing an eastbound (city bound) bus lane between the bridge and Lincoln Road. The bus lane will operate during the morning and afternoon peak hours from Monday to Friday.
  • Widening sections of the road to include an off-road cycle path.
  • Installing a pedestrian island on the eastern side of the bridge to give people a safe place to wait when crossing the road.
  • Reconstructing some driveways to make sure there is a smooth transition where they connect to the footpath.

Download the Updated Triangle Road Improvements drawing (6.5MB)

Once we have constructed the bus lane, we will monitor these lane changes over a 3-month period to measure outcomes for all road users. After 3 months, we will evaluate the outcomes, review the design and make changes if necessary.

When we get closer to starting the work, our contractor will be in touch with resident or property owners if the project may impact your driveway. If your driveway needs to have the entrance reconstructed, please be assured that we will discuss access requirements with you and any work done will be at our cost.  

If you have any queries about these project works, please contact

Why these improvements are needed 

By 2046, there will be nearly triple the number of people travelling along the Northwestern Motorway (SH16). More people need to travel by bus and multiple occupancy vehicles, or congestion will get worse, and journeys will take longer.

This project aims to: 

  • Improve bus travel times and reliability, including for services that connect to the Northwestern Express services at the interchange.

    The changes will improve bus reliability, so buses are less likely to run late one day and on time the next. This makes planning a bus journey easier and will often avoid the frustration people feel when the bus is running late. 
  • Better utilise limited road space and reduce the need to expand existing roads (expanding roads is not a feasible option to accommodate ongoing traffic growth). 

    This project will significantly increase the people carrying capacity of the road as it will encourage more people to travel by bus and multiple occupancy vehicles. AT’s Urban Street and Road Design Guide (PDF 11.6MB) shows the space efficiency of each transport mode.

Graphic split into 4 sections showing the amount of space on a road taken up by 50 people, 50 bikes, 1 bus and 33 cars. 50 people equals 50 meters squared, 50 bikes equals 100 meters squared, 1 bus equals 45 meters squared, 33 cars equals 600 meters squared.

  • Help reduce emissions from transport. If more people travel by buses and multiple occupancy vehicles, carbon emissions and air pollution, per person, will be reduced. 
  • Minimise travel delays to vehicles using the general traffic lane. 

Henderson: Safe with us

Auckland Transport cares for your safety. We want to make our roads safe for everyone, people walking and cycling, especially for our kids and senior citizens and people driving. Projects like this one around [insert road] are another step towards our goal of achieving no deaths or serious injuries on our roads. We are guided by the Vision Zero approach to transport safety, which prioritises human safety over other measures (like minor time saving).

More information about the new bus services

Auckland Transport is transforming the bus network in West and Northwest Auckland so you can use buses to travel to more places more often. These bus services launched on 12 November 2023. Find out more about the new bus network here.