The Eastern Busway is a rapid transit project that will provide faster, more reliable and connected transport options for communities in east and south .
Artist’s impression of the future Eastern Busway Project overview
The Eastern Busway will connect Botany, Pakuranga and the surrounding suburbs to the rail network in Panmure.
When the busway is complete, you’ll be able to travel by bus and train between Botany and Britomart in 40 minutes, which is 20 minutes quicker than it is now.
The busway will be supported by three new stations at Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany, new cycling and walking connections, urban design enhancements, revitalised town centres and initiatives to improve traffic flow.
The new Reeves Road flyover between Pakuranga Road and Waipuna Bridge will reduce traffic congestion in the Pakuranga town centre.
Map showing the phases of the Eastern Busway project
This section of the Eastern Busway, with walking and cycling facilities, is due to be opened to the public in late 2021.
Rapid and reliable transit time of 40 minutes between Botany and the city.
Three new urban bus stations creating better access to other parts of Auckland.
Safe transport connections for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, bus and train customers.
Reeves Road Flyover between Pakuranga Road and Waipuna Bridge to reduce traffic congestion in the town centre.
Placemaking and urban renewal initiatives to promote growth and development.
Social, health and economic benefits for south and east Auckland.
New and enhanced connections for walking and cycling.
Two new bridges across Tāmaki River and Pakuranga Creek.
Connecting more than 30,000 customers each day to employment, education and recreation services. Timeline
The timeline for building the Eastern Busway is:
20 September 2021
Under Alert Level 3 preparatory works commence from Wednesday 22 September, with construction from Sunday 26 September. Read more about these works. 20 August 2021
The planned traffic switch for August 20 has been delayed. Construction is paused during Alert Level 4, to reduce contact and keep us all safe.
9 July 2021
From Friday 20 August to early October, eastbound traffic will use the new Busway Bridge, with two lanes kept open. Westbound traffic will be reduced to one lane on the existing Panmure Bridge. Read more about these works . 17 June 2021
From 12th – 25th July, traffic on the Panmure Bridge and Church Crescent will be reduced to a single lane in each direction so critical work can continue on the Eastern Busway. Traffic will be impacted, so please expect delays.
Read more about these works . 17 May 2021
From May 18 to May 28, there will be night works along Pakuranga Road. Traffic will move onto the Eastern Busway in a single lane in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. From 9pm Friday 28th westbound traffic will be shifted to the southernmost side of Pakuranga Road, this layout will be in place until 5am Monday 31st May.
Read more about these works . 11 March 2021
From 15 March to May 2021 we will be changing the road layout on Pakuranga Road between Ti Rakau Drive and Panmure Bridge. During this time, we will carry out major work to rebuild part of the road as part of the Eastern Busway project.
Read more about these works. 25 February 2021
Panmure intersection final pavement night works – road closures in place.
Read more about the road closures. 12 February 2021
Read the summer 2020-2021 brief for Eastern Busway (PDF 2.5MB).
Read the spring 2021 brief for Eastern Busway (PDF 1.3MB) 26 January 2021
Panmure Bridge will be closed to all vehicles except AT Metro buses and Emergency Service’s on the nights of Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January from 11pm to 5am.
Read more. 6 January 2021
Overnight, Sunday 10 January 2021 one eastbound lane will again be removed from Church Crescent, Panmure and this reduction are expected to remain in place until mid-2021.
Find out more information about the delays. 4 December 2020
Night works at Panmure Intersection road closures from 8 December to 18 December, 9pm till 5am.
Find out more information and see the detour routes. 24 November 2020
Millen Avenue closed at Pakuranga Road Monday 30 November to Friday 18 December 2020.
Find out the detour route. 13 November 2020
Panmure Bridge will be closed to all vehicles on the nights of Tuesday 17, Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 November from 11pm to 5am.
Find out more. October 2020
AT form an alliance with Fletcher, Acciona, AECOM and Jacobs to start the design and consenting work for the Pakuranga to Botany Busway.
20 October 2020
Access in and out of Ti Rakau Drive, near the intersection with Pakuranga Road, will be closed from 9pm, Friday 23 October to 5am, Tuesday 27 October.
Find out how you can avoid any disruption. 5 October 2020
Ireland Road will be temporarily closed at the Ellerslie-Panmure Highway intersection from 9pm, Thursday 11 October while we complete critical work.
Find out how you can avoid any disruption. 10 September 2020
Over the coming months, we will be running a trial allowing drivers to move directly from Queens Road across Ireland Road when they are on a green light.
Find out more and view a map of the layout. Project stages
Panmure Station and the Te Horeta road upgrade are complete.
Panmure to Pakuranga
The busway and walking and cycling facilities between Panmure and Pakuranga are complete.
Pakuranga to Botany
Construction of this further section of the Eastern Busway, with walking and cycling facilities, is due to start in 2022.
For more information about this project
Contact Auckland Transport