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Panmure to Pakuranga

The second stage of AMETI includes upgrading Panmure roundabout to an signalised intersection, building a new busway from Panmure station to Pakuranga town centre.

Project purpose

Panmure Complete Artists ImpressionThe improvements will reduce major congestion in the area, get more people onto public transport and make walking and cycling more attractive options.AMETI Stage 2a will provide the next phase of transport improvements for the area the redevelopment of the Panmure Station area is almost complete.

AMETI Stage 2a includes:

  • upgrading Panmure roundabout to a signalised intersection to remove a major congestion point and improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians,
  • creating a busway with lanes separate from general traffic from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre to make public transport quicker,
  • completing about 7km of new cycling paths and 6km of footpaths, including new paths linking Panmure and Pakuranga along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road,
  • new Panmure bridge next to the existing one for buses, cyclists and pedestrians.

Features and benefits

  • More transport options – with major public transport, walking and cycling improvements.
  • Removal of the bottleneck at Panmure roundabout, with a safer signalised intersection keeping traffic moving. Average morning and evening queues reduced by 60%
  • Quicker and more reliable journeys by bus, getting more people onto public transport.
  • Easier to walk or cycle around Panmure. The new intersection will have direct crossings across all roads, instead of the current 500m crossing distance from Ireland to Mountain Road.
  • Priority for vehicles using Lagoon Drive making it a more attractive route for through traffic, reducing use of Church Crescent and Queen’s Road as a rat-run.
  • New cycle lanes and footpaths connecting Panmure and Pakuranga.
  • A better town centre environment and improved connections with Panmure Station.

Project detail

Details of the transport improvements that are part of AMETI’s Panmure to Pakuranga work.

Panmure Bridge

A new Panmure Bridge is proposed on the northern side of the current bridge because:

  • there are no dedicated cycle facilities,
  • the narrow path on one side of the bridge makes walking across it unpleasant,
  • this is the only walk and cycle crossing of the Tamaki River north of Highbrook Drive,
  • there is no room for the proposed busway.

The proposal is to construct a new bridge on the northern side of the existing bridge for the busway, pedestrians and cyclists. The new bridge will contain 2 x 3.5m busway lanes and a 4.3m shared cycle/pedestrian path. The new bridge will avoid affecting the last intact portion of the Makoia Pa site, which also forms part of the crater rim of the Panmure Basin.

The existing bridge will remain for private vehicles and will provide adequate capacity to move forecasted traffic volumes and ensure there are no safety or congestion issues.

Panmure to Pakuranga busway

The Panmure to Pakuranga busway will start from an upgraded Panmure Station, providing easy connections between trains and buses. It will run along the north side of Lagoon Drive, with bus stops at the intersections with Domain Road and Church Crescent, and form the South-Eastern Busway when the Pakuranga to Botany busway is completed.

Features of the busway:

  • New bus and rail interchange at Panmure.
  • Faster connections to Pakuranga, Howick and Botany.
  • Removes conflicts with cars, improving bus journey times and reliability.
  • Allows all modes of transport to operate safely and efficiently.
  • Local bus services will continue to serve Panmure town centre.

As well as changes to Lagoon Drive, creating the busway will mean some changes are required on Basin View Lane and Domain Road to provide improved connectivity and mobility. Two-way access will be maintained into Domain Road and scheduled pohutukawa trees will be avoided. Changes are also required to the Church Crescent intersection, to accommodate the busway and reduce rat-running via Church Cres. Design progression since 2011 includes extending the busway along Lagoon Drive to Panmure Bridge and improving the pedestrian environment along Lagoon Drive and into Church Crescent. 

AT is talking to property owners along the Panmure to Pakuranga section of the busway about impacts to their property. Property impacts along Ti Rakau Drive are expected to be confirmed soon. AT will contact owners directly.

Construction will begin no earlier than 2015 (a confirmed date will depend on funding and consent approvals).

Read the Land Purchase and Compensation Guide (PDF 256KB)

New Panmure intersection

Opening the new north-south road that is being built in Phase One will reduce traffic through the Panmure roundabout via Jellicoe Rd and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway. This allows work on replacing the roundabout and a number of changes to make the intersection work better.

Pedestrian crossings on all arms, walking distance shortened from up to 500m to 50m.

Panmure Intersection

Improvements include:

  • allowance for busway,
  • majority of current traffic movements remain, right turn out of Jellicoe Rd via Mountain Rd/Forge Way instead,
  • priority given to major traffic demands – Lagoon Drive to Ellerslie-Panmure Highway,
  • on- and off-street cycle facilities,
  • town centre better connected to station – shorter walking distances.

The development of the new intersection is the result of feedback from a number of public information days and discussions with the community.

What you saidWhat has been done
Keep Ireland Road access Ireland Road access remains
Keep Jellicoe Road open Jellicoe Road open, no right turn, access to Ellerslie-Panmure Highway via re-aligned Mountain Rd
Want right turn from Lagoon Drive Permit right turn from Lagoon Drive
Crossing distances too long Introduced staggered crossings
Want to be able to u-turn on Queen's Road Introduced break in median for u-turns

Following public feedback on what should happen to the Panmure roundabout sign, a location for the sign has been proposed, shown by letter a on the map above.

Lagoon Drive

Lagoon Drive improvements:

  • Widened on the cliff side of the road to allow for the busway, a wide shared cycle path and footpath, as well as a median between the busway and general traffic.
  • General traffic lanes reduced to one in each direction, made possible by the new Panmure intersection improving traffic flows.
  • The southern side of Lagoon Drive remains untouched to avoid significant geological and archaeological features.
  • Signalised intersections with bus stops at Basin View Lane and Church Crescent.
  • Some properties on Lagoon Dr need to be purchased to allow for busway, others will have changes to access as vehicles can’t cross the busway.

Pakuranga Road

The new busway will be on the northern side of Pakuranga Road. This means current road access from streets north of Pakuranga Road will need to change to ensure everyone can access these roads safely. There are also some implications for the southern side of Pakuranga Road.

Proposed changes:

  • Signalise current give way intersection at Kerswill Pl and Williams Ave to allow safe access across new busway.
  • Close Latham Ave and Tamaki Bay Drive to rationalise number of intersections on Pakuranga Road.
  • Alternate access for Tamaki Dr residents via new Williams Ave signalised intersection.
  • Alternate access for Latham Ave residents via existing Millen Ave signalised intersection. This requires a new local road connection between Dillimore Ave and Latham Ave.
  • A new local road to connect existing lane underneath Panmure Bridge with Kerwill Pl. This maintains access to the Panmure Marina via Kerswill Pl intersection. It also maintains the ability for residents on the southern side of Pakuranga Rd to travel east via Kerswill Pl intersection.

Panmure-Lagoon Drive scheme map

AMETI stage 2a Panmure to Pakaranga: Lagoon Drive schemem map

Pakuranga Road scheme map

AMETI stage 2a Panmure to Pakaranga scheme map

Have your say

Plans for the next stage of AMETI, including a busway between Panmure and Pakuranga and replacing the Panmure roundabout, are being finalised:

• Faster frequent and more reliable bus journeys on congestion free lanes.
• Buses every 5 to 10 minutes with connections to Panmure Station and to the wider network.
• New Panmure bridge for busway, cyclists and pedestrians.
• New safer cycle and pedestrian link between Panmure and Pakuranga.

Find out more at our open days below, talk to members of the project team and provide your feedback.

Pakuranga open day
When: 12 March 2015 from 5pm to 9pm.
Where: Pakuranga Plaza Centre, Aylesbury Street.

When: 14 March 2015 from 10am to 1pm.
Where: Panmure Bridge School, 76 Kings Road, Panmure.

You can also give your feedback online below until 29 March.

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