Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) Eastern Busway is a group of projects in south-east Auckland which will improve transport choices and connections in the area.
Major transport improvements have already been made with the opening of the new Panmure Station and Te Horeta Road. The next stage will be NZ's first urban busway with buses travelling on their own congestion-free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga town centres.
As part of a Notice of Requirement process, the public were given the opportunity to formally submit their views on the planned Panmure to Pakuranga stage of the project. The submission period closed on 20 March.
Project status: Panmure: Complete. Panmure to Pakuranga: Consenting and final design. Pakuranga to Botany: Design and consenting. Project zone: Central south.
AMETI Eastern Busway aims 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.
Main AMETI Eastern Busway projects:
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.
AMETI is being delivered in several stages. The first stage in Panmure is complete. The next stage from Panmure to Pakuranga is currently in the Notice of Requirement (NoR) process and is set to begin construction in 2018.
The NoR provides an opportunity for any member of the public to make a submission and be heard at a public hearing in front of independent commissioners. The public were given until 20 March to make formal submissions outlining their views on the project and the next step is for Auckland Council to undertake an independent hearing that takes into account all submissions collected during this period.
Construction is currently planned to commence mid-2018