AMETI Stage 2a includes upgrading the Panmure roundabout to a signalised intersection and building the Panmure to Pakuranga section of New Zealand’s first urban busway. It will mean quicker, frequent and more reliable bus journeys on congestion free lanes.
Proposed busway for Pakuranga Road
Significant progress has been made on the plans for major transport improvements between Panmure and Pakuranga. The project includes the first section of New Zealand’s first urban busway, so buses can travel on congestion free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga. It will allow quicker, more frequent and reliable buses on lanes separate to traffic, increasing public transport use.
AMETI Stage 2a includes:
- Upgrading Panmure roundabout to a signalised intersection.
- Building the Panmure Station to Pakuranga section of New Zealand first dedicated urban busway, separate from general traffic. The Panmure to Pakuraanga busway will be New Zealand's first urban busway because:
- Buses pass through signalised intersections along the route as opposed to being a full segregated facility.
- Operating speed – Panmure to Pakuranga busway – 50 km /hr compared to 80 km on the Northern busway.
- The busway will adequately serve the communities through which it passes (only 4 stations on the northern busway).
- Bus stations are closer spaced than those on the northern busway.
- Building a new safer 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.
Features and benefits:
- Better transport choices – with major public transport, walking and cycling improvements.
- Quicker and more reliable journeys by bus, getting more people onto public transport.
- Buses every 5 to 10 minutes between Panmure and Pakuranga.
- Removal of the bottleneck at Panmure roundabout, with a safer signalised intersection keeping traffic moving.
- Pedestrian crossing on all arms to reduce walking distances. For example, from 500m to 50m between Ireland and Mountain roads.
- 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 separate from traffic, making it possible to walk or cycle off road between Panmure, Pakuranga and on to Pigeon Mountain by connecting to the Pakuranga Rotary Walkway.
- A better town centre environment and improved connections with Panmure Station.
- Safer access to Pakuranga Road for local residents.
Details of the transport improvements that are part of AMETI’s Panmure to Pakuranga work.
Panmure to Pakuranga busway
The Panmure to Pakuranga busway will start from the 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 and benefits:
- 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 needed to the Church Crescent intersection, to accommodate the busway and reduce rat-running via Church Crescent. The design includes extending the busway along Lagoon Drive to Panmure Bridge as well as improving the pedestrian environment along Lagoon Drive and into Church Crescent.
New Panmure intersection
The new 1.5km Te Horeta Road has reduced traffic through the Panmure roundabout via Jellicoe Road and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway. This allows for the roundabout to be replaced with an intersection with traffic and bus priority lanes to be created.
Features and benefits:
- Bus priority on dedicated busway, separate from general traffic.
- Improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists with on and off street cycle facilities.
- Pedestrian crossings on all arms, walking distance shortened for example from 500m to 50m on Ireland and Mountain Roads.
- Improves overall vehicular movement through the intersection.
- Majority of current traffic movements remain, however the right turn will be out of Jellicoe Road via Mountain Road/Forge Way instead.
- Realigns the focus on east-west traffic to prioritise the movement of vehicles along Lagoon Drive and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway.
The busway will be built on the north side of Lagoon Drive, with new bus stops at the intersections with Basin View and Church Crescent.
The busway and shared cycle and footpath (separated from busway and traffic) will be created on Lagoon Drive by widening on the northern cliff side, avoiding impacts on the basin.
Features and benefits:
- The busway is separated from general traffic improving bus journey times and reliability.
- Wide shared cycle and footpath separated from 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.
- New access to rear of some Queens Road shops via Korma Lane.
- New signalised intersections with bus stops at Basin View Lane and Church Crescent.
- A new access way from Bridge Street, at the end of the cul-de-sac, for eight properties that currently have property access from Church Crescent.
- Additional signalised pedestrian crossings at Basin View Lane and Church Crescent.
- New access via Domain Road to Lagoon Stadium/squash courts for three properties that currently have access from Lagoon Drive.
Proposed busway for Lagoon Drive
New Panmure busway bridge
A new Panmure busway bridge is proposed on the northern side of the current Panmure bridge to provide for the busway as well as a combined pedestrian and cycle path. It will feature:
- two 3.5m dedicated busway lanes.
- a wide 4.3m shared cycle and pedestrian path.
- viewing platforms where people can pause safely outside of the flow of pedestrians and cyclists.
- preservation of historic bridge turnstyle.
The new busway bridge will be constructed 4.8m to the north of the existing Panmure bridge. This will allow for the existing bridge’s future four lane replacement.
The bridge’s construction has been designed to minimise excavation of the culturally significant Mokoia Pa.
The existing bridge will remain for private vehicles and will provide adequate capacity to move traffic volumes and ensure there are no safety or congestion issues.
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. Because there will be no access to properties across the busway, there will be access changes to Pakuranga Road. This will also improve traffic safety.
- Tamaki Bay Drive will be converted into a cul de sac at the Pakuranga Road end with access via Williams Avenue (at a signalised intersection).
- Signalise current give way intersection at Kerswill Place.
- Vehicle access at the east end of the Panmure bridge will change.
- Dillimore Avenue and Latham Avenue will be connected. Latham Avenue will be converted into a cul de sac at the Pakuranga Road end. Access to Pakuranga Road will be via Millen Avenue at a signalised intersection.
Panmure-Lagoon Drive scheme map
Pakuranga Road scheme map
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.
Two information days were held in Panmure and Pakuranga where members of the public spoke to the project team and gave their feedback.
Public consultation closed on Sunday 29 March 2015.