The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a group of projects that will give residents of south-eastern suburbs greater transport choices and unlock the economic potential of the area.
Severe traffic congestion in Auckland’s eastern suburbs is holding back the huge potential for economic growth in the area. There are a number of sites ripe for redevelopment if key transport links are improved and there is potential for 40,000 new jobs in the area.
AMETI will make public transport a realistic choice for people in the area (it currently only makes up 4 per cent of journeys). Major public transport improvements include a new Panmure Station, the Southeastern Busway with high frequency services between Botany, Pakuranga and Panmure and improvements to the bus route in Sylvia Park.
Features and benefits
The AMETI transport plan includes:
- Getting more people onto public transport by creating the Southeastern Busway between Panmure Station, Pakuranga and Botany, easing pressure on roads for freight and business traffic;
- Roading improvements focused on key congestion points like the Panmure roundabout and the Pakuranga town centre;
- Focusing local journeys and public transport on the Panmure Bridge route;
- Waipuna Bridge and the south-eastern highway will become the primary route for through traffic to Auckland central and freight/business traffic.
AMETI projects are spread across a number of years. Click on the map for a larger version (JPG 144KB)
Phase 1: Panmure (in green on the map): Includes the upgrade of Panmure Station, new bridges and a new north-south road.
Current status: Under construction; completion in 2014.
Phase 2: Panmure to Pakuranga (in orange on the map): Features a busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre, Panmure roundabout replacement and the Reeves Rd flyover.
Current status: Detailed design phase and preparation for consents in 2014.
Panmure (phase 1)
Phase 1 of AMETI focuses on the Panmure area.
Panmure to Pakuranga (phase 2)
Phase 2 of AMETI focuses on the area from Panmure to Pakuranga town centre.
Sylvia Park bus and cycling improvements
Improvements being made in the Sylvia Park area will create a new bus and cycling route.
Pakuranga to Botany Busway
The Pakuranga to Botany busway will enable people to catch a quick bus from the eastern suburbs and change to a train at Panmure.
The overall AMETI strategy is to:
- Give people better transport choices;
- Get more people onto public transport to free up roads for freight and business traffic;
- Focus roading improvements on unlocking key congestion points like Panmure town centre and the Ti Rakau Drive/Reeves Road/South Eastern highway intersection.
Existing traffic movements
- All existing routes are heavily congested with local and through traffic;
- This also has a negative impact on public transport, walking and cycling.
Future traffic movements
- Panmure Bridge (A) will focus local journeys and public transport on the Panmure Bridge route;
- Waipuna Bridge (B) and the south eastern highway becomes the primary route for through traffic to Auckland central and for freight and business traffic;
- Reeves Road flyover (C) provides a better road connection to Waipuna Bridge;
- Improvements to the connection between SH1 and the South Eastern Highway (D) are currently being investigated.
Transport benefits on completion
Benefits for Panmure
- Local journeys less congested following reductions in through traffic (compared to do minimum 2026 daily traffic forecasts);
- Ellerslie-Panmure Highway (at Panmure Station) 40%;
- Jellicoe Road 85%;
- Church Crescent 20%;
- Less trucks along Jellicoe Rd;
- Bottleneck at Panmure roundabout removed, with a safer signalised intersection keeping traffic moving;
- Average morning and evening queues reduced by 60%;
- Reduction in congestion impacting town centre;
- Upgraded Panmure station that is easier to walk to, staffed with ticketing, passenger facilities, shelter along majority of platforms, escalator and lifts;
- Easier and safer to walk or cycle around Panmure:
- direct crossings across all roads at new intersection, instead of the current crossing distances of up to 500m;
- new walking/cycling connections along new road, separate cycle/foot paths from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre;
- Improved stormwater treatment – better water quality in Panmure Basin;
- Public open spaces and new tree planting;
- Development potential – more shops, jobs, housing;
- Better security (CCTV, lighting).
Benefits for Pakuranga/Howick (Phase One and Two complete)
- Quicker, more reliable and more frequent buses;
- Easier access to trains by quick bus journey and easy transfer at Panmure Station;
- More direct connection between Pakuranga / Howick and Waipuna Bridge via proposed new flyover;
- Reduced congestion along Ti Rakau Dr due to grade separation of Reeves Rd traffic - average morning queue reduced by up to 35% in morning peak compared to existing;
- Local journeys less congested along Pakuranga Rd (west of Ti Rakau Dr) following reductions in through traffic of 20% in westbound morning peak;
- Reduced traffic congestion around Pakuranga town centre by up to 40% due to through traffic being rerouted via flyover;
- Improved access to Pakuranga town centre through new signalised intersections and enhanced legibility;
- New high quality bus station at Pakuranga town centre;
- Easier and safer to walk or cycle around Pakuranga via improved walking facilities and new cycling paths connecting Pakuranga with Panmure;
- Proposed new flyover provides a more direct connection between Pakuranga / Howick and Waipuna Bridge /SEART / SH1.
Benefits for freight and business traffic
- New north-south road providing a quicker, more direct Mt Wellington to Glen Innes route;
- Increase in public transport use reduces congestion for freight / business traffic;
- Reduced congestion along Ti Rakau Dr as a result of grade separation of Reeves Rd traffic improving the efficiency of the Ti Rakau Dr / Pakuranga Highway / Waipuna Bridge intersection AMETI.
Walking and cycling improvements
One of the main aims of AMETI is to improve walking and cycling facilities for the community, making them safer and more attractive to use.
The improvements will include 7km of new cycle lanes and 6 km of footpaths, a new separated cycle and footpath lane from Panmure to Pakuranga and better links between Panmure station and town centre. Future plans include separated cycle lanes and wider footpaths from Pakuranga town centre to Botany town centre.
The busway from Panmure to Pakuranga and Botany will have cycle paths or lanes along the full length. There will also be footpath improvements.
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