Auckland Transport is working on delivering a fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit system between Auckland Airport, Manukau and Botany. The project forms part of the Southwest Gateway programme.
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Project status: Investigation work to confirm preferred options
Project zone: South-West/East
The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project will deliver a new public transport link between the airport, Manukau and Botany, to improve accessibility in south-west, southern and eastern areas of Auckland - as well as provide an important public transport link to the rail network at Puhinui.
Airport to Botany rapid transit will significantly improve transport choice, reliability, and journey times in the south and east of Auckland. A good public transport network helps cities evolve by providing better connections and improved accessibility. Reliable and efficient public transport has major economic, social and environmental benefits.
Airport to Botany Rapid Transit forms part of the Southwest Gateway programme. Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, and Auckland Airport are working together on the Southwest Gateway programme to deliver three projects that will improve access and allow for future growth, to benefit people and freight movements. Read more about the Southwest Gateway programme.
The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit will improve access between the southern and eastern areas of Auckland by providing a fast, frequent and reliable rapid transit system that will:
- Significantly improve travel choices, reliability and journey times.
- Improve access to Auckland Airport and Manukau - two major employment areas.
- Upgraded Puhinui Station for bus/rail interchange.
- Provide an important public transport link from the airport to the rail network via Puhinui station, allowing for better connections to New Zealand's gateway airport.
- Support growth opportunities along the route - as well as for the wider South and East Auckland area.
- Support positive economic and social outcomes in the area and reduce effects on the environment and treasured places/taonga.
The Airport to Botany rapid transit project will be delivered in stages. The project is currently in the early stages of investigation/business case development.
The purpose of this work is to identify how we can:
- Improve transport options for people in south and east Auckland.
- Provide a public transport link to the city centre as well as south and east Auckland via Puhinui bus/rail interchange.
- Support growth opportunities at key locations along the route, particularly in the airport area, Manukau and Botany.
- Improve access to major employment areas in south and east Auckland Transport.
While the investigation work will identify improvements that can be delivered in the medium to longer-term, Auckland Transport, in collaboration with the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Airport, are also seeking to progress early deliverables to provide more immediate benefits to people accessing the airport area.
Stage 1: Early deliverables by 2020/2021
To improve access to and from the airport, the proposals are to provide:
- A new bus/rail interchange at Puhinui station.
- New frequent services between the Airport, Puhinui station and Manukau and potential new bus services to the airport from other centres – subject to funding.
- Priority lanes between the Airport and Manukau via SH20B, Puhinui and Lambie Drive.
- Improved cycling facilities between Pukaki Creek Bridge, Puhinui Station and Manukau including a shared use path on SH20B.
- Improved cycling and walking in the Mangere, SH20/SH20A area.
These improvements are expected to be completed by the end of 2020/early 2021, subject to consenting and funding.
Map of proposed early deliverables
Puhinui Station Interchange
This will improve travel to and from the airport, and its surrounding areas by providing more reliable and timely travel choices as well as connecting people to wider Auckland through southern and eastern line train services.
The interchange will build on the existing train station, linking the rail platform with a new bus and 'kiss and ride' area connecting the new station building to a new elevated concourse.
The first stage of construction is expected to begin in October 2019, and is planned to be completed by early 2021.
- Frequent bus and rail connections to make easy journeys to the airport, city centre and other areas.
- Improved safety with new lighting, HOP ticket gateline, CCTV system and separation of buses, trains, pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles.
- Increased shelter for passengers moving between bus and train services, and improved facilities and access for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Multiple access options: escalators, stairs and lifts.
- Passenger drop-off zone and short-term parking bays.
- Shared path connection, cycle storage racks, and separated crossings at adjacent to the station.
- Allowance for the future rapid transit overbridge across the rail line to provide a more direct connection with Puhinui Station Interchange.
The station design reflects the history of the area, working in partnership with Mana Whenua.
This project is partly funded by the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT).
Image: Artist impression of Puhinui Station Interchange exterior.
Stage 2: Deliverables from 2021 onwards
- Route for rapid transit facility protected.
- Staged delivery of the rapid transit facility between the Airport and Botany - timing still to be determined.
We have identified Te Irirangi Drive as the best and most direct route between Botany and Manukau. It also has the least construction and environmental effect on the local community. We are also considering potential connections north of Botany.
We are looking at two options between Manukau and Puhinui to support urban regeneration and provide better connections to the transport network and between Puhinui and the airport while balancing environmental and cultural impacts.
- Manukau and Puhinui
via Manukau Centre along Ronwood Ave OR via Manukau Station
- Puhinui and the Airport
via SH20B OR via SH20 and SH20A
Feedback closed Friday, 14 December 2018.
We will analyse all of the feedback and use it to help refine the proposal. Your local insights will help us make an informed decision to make your streets safer for everyone.
We will prepare a report on the feedback received and any changes made to construction planning will be published here. If you provided your contact details when giving us feedback, we will notify you when the report is available
The Southwest Gateway is a programme of three key transport projects to create a well-connected, efficient system that will provide choice and reliability for how people and freight travel around the southwest and southeast Auckland, including to and from the airport.
The NZ Transport Agency. Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport will deliver the works to connect communities and support population, business and airport growth.
We need to move more people more efficiently by providing better public transport and walking and cycling facilities and improving safety and the efficiency of freight. This will improve access to jobs, education and social opportunities, support economic prosperity and provide health, cultural and environmental benefits.
Three projects of the Southwest Gateway programme
- Airport to Botany rapid transit
A rapid transit project led by Auckland Transport to improve southern and eastern access between Auckland Airport, Manukau and Botany.
A state highway project led by NZ Transport Agency to improve access and customer journey experiences to and from the airport and surrounding area on the state highway network. The improvements may include technology to better manage the network, roading improvements and providing more transport choices.
Find out more about 20Connect on the NZ Transport Agency website
- Auckland Airport precinct developments
The airport area will undergo a dramatic transformation over the next 30 years led by Auckland Airport, to provide a seamless experience for airport customers by improving public transport and pedestrian and cycle access.
Find out more about the Auckland Airport precinct developments on the Auckland Airport website
Southwest Gateway project map
For more information on this project