Phase 1 of AMETI focuses on the Panmure area and includes a new road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd, the upgrade of Panmure Station and surrounds, improvements to Van Damm's Lagoon, walking and cycling paths, a busway bridge and two major bridge replacements.
- The major upgrade of Panmure Station to create an interchange that allows easy transfers between trains, a new busway and local buses - find out more;
- A 1.5km new road linking Morrin Rd to Mt Wellington Highway to cut up to 10 minutes off journeys between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington - find out more;
- A 220m tunnel for the new road built next to the rail line at the station. A concrete box will be built with a road for the station on top;
- A new bridge next to Ellerslie Panmure Highway for a future busway;
- Replacement of the existing Ellerslie Panmure Highway bridge, higher and longer to allow for rail electrification, the new road and a possible future third rail line;
- Wider, longer footbridge with ramps over the rail line between William Harvey Place and Ireland Rd;
- Cycle lanes on Ellerslie Panmure Highway (Mt Wellington Highway to Queens Rd) and new AMETI road;
- A new Mountain Rd bridge, also higher and longer, and realignment of Mountain Rd to meet Jellicoe Rd at the intersection with Pleasant View Rd. This work is carried out by Downer.
- The new AMETI road will cut up to ten minutes off the journey between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington;
- It will carry 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 Rd (40%) and Apirana Ave (20%), will improve local journeys;
- The number of trucks using Jellicoe Rd is forecast to reduce from 3 200 per day to less than 400, and from 3 600 to less than 700 on the Ellerslie-Panmure Highway past Panmure station;
- Safer walking and cycling routes, with cycle parking at the upgraded Panmure Station;
- Easy transfer between buses and trains, with shelter along the majority of Panmure Station platforms.
- Up to 300 people will be employed at the peak of project;
- 44,000m3 or 5000 truckloads of hard basalt rock will be excavated for the new road tunnel and approaches;
- All the crushed rock from the tunnel will be reused in the new bridges and roads;
- Bridge piles will be drilled 60m deep to reach solid rock;
- New road to cut up to 10 minutes off north/south journeys;
- 57,000 plants including 420 large specimen trees and 7400m2 of grassed areas will be planted.
Details of the transport improvements that are part of AMETI’s Panmure work.
Panmure Station will become the entry point to the new South Eastern Busway and the main transfer point between buses and trains.
The $17.5-million upgrade includes a new station building and shelter along the majority of the platforms. The walking distance between buses and trains will be less than a minute.
Improvements to the station include:
- New interchange building for busway, local bus and rail passengers;
- New bridge for busway stops, piling 55m deep;
- New central pedestrian plaza linking both sides of rail tracks;
- Shelter along majority of platforms;
- Lifts and escalators;
- Ticketing facilities, staff and public amenities;
- Cycle parking.
The layout of the station area as it will be on completion.
The new busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre and Botany will cut public transport journeys by up to half and attract an estimated 5.2 million passengers per year. Construction of the first stage of the busway from Panmure to Pakuranga is scheduled to start in 2015/16, subject to funding and consents, as part of AMETI Phase Two.
The new AMETI link road has been designed to relieve congestion on the existing road network in the area and create a link between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington to serve proposed developments to the north of Panmure.
The proposal is for a new road from Morrin Road in the north to Mt Wellington Highway in the South.
The new two lane AMETI road will provide a less congested north/ south link. It will take 20,000 vehicles, including 2400 trucks, off the route through Panmure roundabout and local roads.
This will allow the roundabout to be upgraded to a signalised intersection in phase two of AMETI.
The new road will serve proposed development north of Panmure and be a much better connection for freight/business traffic. There will be cycle lanes in both directions on road and off-road shared path for walking and cycling.
Van Damm’s Lagoon, which is next to where the road meets Mt Wellington Highway, will be improved and the reserve enhanced.
A new wetland feature will also help improve stormwater management and water quality. In the future the new road will be extended north to meet Merton Road and is able to be widened to four lanes when necessary.
Two-level road tunnel and bridge
The new road will run through a 220m tunnel alongside the rail line in the station area. The local road for the station will be built on top.
Creating the tunnel
- Excavate and remove 44,000m3 old fill layers, topsoil, and basalt rock from the 220m length of tunnel and approaches;
- Ensure any remains of early Maori settlement is carefully documented;
- Contaminated material removed to specialist landfills;
- Basalt rock crushed off-site for re-use in bridge abutments and new road;
- Concrete placed to form the footing, west concrete wall is cast ‘in-situ’ by placing reinforcing steel and then erecting temporary formwork to hold concrete in place while it cures. Formwork on west wall contains a stencil to make a artwork pattern in the finished walls;
- Beams pre-cast offsite brought in by truck and lifted by crane in place to span between the two walls;
- The new road, footpaths and a cycle-lane are formed;
- Top-slab poured over the beams and the new local link road network, bus interchanges and urban spaces created over the top;
- The tunnel is fitted out with lights, security and traffic warning systems. Mechanical ventilation is not required due to its relatively short length.
Van Damme’s Lagoon is an important community feature that sits at the edge of the new AMETI road.
Improvements to the lagoon and reserve aim to improve the stormwater quality and environment while providing an enhanced space for the community to enjoy. A new road and parking bays will be constructed to enable vehicles to access the lagoon. Currently, only pedestrians can access the reserve from Mt Wellington Highway.
- Weed-removal and wetland planting to enhance water quality;
- Upgraded tracks;
- Removal of accumulated sediment from the pond;
- Improving local ecology;
- Additional land purchased;
- Construction of a maintenance access track to the northern end of the pond (immediately downstream of the pipe bridge) and along the eastern perimeter of the pond to the outlet;
- Creating a sediment forebay at the upstream end of the ponding area (immediately downstream of the pipe bridge);
- Re-shaping to create new bunds and wetland planting areas;
- Wider footpaths;
- New carpark with entrance from AMETI link road.
The reserve is now closed to the public while Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and Watercare work together to restore the natural beauty of the area.
Work is expected to be completed in July 2014.
Consultation and outcomes
The public was surveyed in February and March 2012 and public notification given in March and April 2012.
Following feedback from the last public information day, we have included an additional car park with access from Mt Wellington Highway.
History of Van Damme’s Lagoon
- Van Damme’s Lagoon is a body of flowing water dammed to form a lagoon near Panmure Basin, just off Mt Wellington Highway.
- Historically, the lagoon provided water for steam engines and boilers for the Ireland brothers’ tannery, established in the mid-1800s between the basin and lagoon.
- In the early 1870s, the tannery processed 90% of the Auckland province’s leather sold to local and export markets.
- The property was brought in 1930s by Mr Van Damme and made into a beauty spot by landscaping and planting the banks. He stocked the ponds with goldfish and carp and it attracted ducks and other waterbirds. Mr Van Damme grew water lillies in the lagoon and harvested them for market.
- A large industrial company later brought the property and used it as a rubbish dump.
- In 1975, the property was purchased by the local council and restored as a nature reserve.
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