AMETI is a group of projects in south east Auckland which will improve transport choices and connections in the area. Stage 1 saw the opening of the new Panmure Station and Te Horeta Road. Stage 2a is the construction of New Zealand's first urban busway with buses travelling on their own congestion free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga town centres.
Project status: Implementation
Project zone: Central South
The aim of AMETI is to:
- Give people better transport choices,
- Get more people onto public transport to free up roads for freight and business traffic,
- Make road improvements to key traffic bottlenecks like Panmure town centre and the Ti Rakau Drive/Reeves Road/South Eastern highway intersection.
The main Ameti projects are:
- An urban busway on congestion free lanes between Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany town centres,
- New stations at Panmure and Pakuranga town centre,
- Road improvements at traffic bottlenecks, including a new north-south Panmure road, the Reeves Road flyover in Pakuranga and replacing the Panmure roundabout with traffic lights.
Features and benefits
AMETI will be delivered in several stages. The first in Panmure is complete and the next stage from Panmure to Pakuranga will begin construction in 2017.
Stage 1 features
- Panmure Station has been upgraded to create an interchange that allows easy transfers between trains, a future busway and local buses.
- The new 1.5km Te Horeta Road which links Morrin Road to Mt Wellington Highway.
- A 220m tunnel for the new road built next to the rail line at the station. A concrete box was built with a road for the station on top.
- New bridges on Mountain Road, ellerslie-Panmure Highway and for Panmure Station.
- Wider, longer footbridge with lifts over the rail line between William Harvey Place and Ireland Rd.
- Cycle lanes on Ellerslie Panmure Highway (Mt Wellington Highway to Queens Road) and new Te Horeta Road, a new shared path alongside the new road.
- Van Damme's Lagoon reserve upgrade.
Stage 1 benefits
- Easy transfers between buses and trains at a high quality new Panmure Station with more shelter for passengers.
- The new Te Horeta Road cuts peak journey times between Mt Wellington and Glen Innes.
- It carries an estimated 20,000 vehicles per day, including 2400 trucks as a result of the better connection for business and freight traffic.
- Reduced traffic on Mt Wellington Highway (40%), Ellerslie Panmure Highway (33%), Jellicoe Road (40%) and Apirana Ave (20%), which will help to improve local journeys.
AMETI stages map overview
Stage 2a features
- Upgrading Panmure roundabout to an intersection with traffic lights.
- Building the Panmure Station to Pakuranga section of New Zealand’s first dedicated urban busway, separate from general traffic.
- Building a new cycle and pedestrian link between Panmure and Pakuranga along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road.
- Building a new Panmure busway bridge next to the existing road bridge with a wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
Stage 2a benefits
- The busway between Panmure and Pakuranga will provide a fast, frequent and reliable way to travel between Panmure and Pakuranga and the rest of Auckland.
- Reliable and quick transport option separate from general traffic.
- Easier to walk or cycle around Panmure. The new intersection will have direct crossings across all roads, and will reduce walking distances.
- Priority for vehicles using Lagoon Drive making it a more attractive route for through traffic.
- New cycle lanes and footpaths connecting Panmure and Pakuranga.
- Avoids “pinch points” such as merging with general traffic and pedestrian crossings leading to faster journey times.
- An improved town centre environment and enhanced connections with Panmure Station.
- 2013 Panmure Station construction.
- August 2013 New Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge opens.
- January 2014 Panmure Station opens.
- November 2014 New 1.5km Te Horeta Road and tunnel opens.
- April 2015 Panmure to Pakuranga likely application for designation (Notice of Requirement).
- 2017 Panmure to Pakuranga construction start.
- 2021 Panmure to Pakuranga complete.
- 2028 Pakuranga to Botany complete.
Stage 1 of AMETI focuses on the Panmure area.
Panmure to Pakuranga
Stage 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.