Auckland Transport

Panmure to Pakuranga Panmure to Pakuranga

The Panmure to Pakuranga stage of AMETI includes upgrading the Panmure roundabout to a signalised intersection and building the Panmure to Pakuranga section of New Zealand’s first urban busway.

Project overview

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.

Construction is currently planned to commence mid-2018.


  • Replacing Panmure roundabout with a signalised intersection.
  • Improving pedestrian and cycling facilities, including new cycle lanes and footpaths separate from traffic.
  • Building a section of New Zealand first dedicated urban busway, between Panmure Station and Pakuranga, separate from general traffic. The Panmure to Pakuranga busway will be NZ'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.
  • Building a new modern busway bridge across the Tamaki River next to the existing road bridge with a wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.


  • Getting east Auckland moving with more transport choices.
  • Reliable, comfortable and more frequent bus services.
  • Buses every 5 to 10 minutes between Panmure and Pakuranga.
  • Allows the busway to operate safely with a signalised intersection to keep traffic moving.
  • A pedestrian-friendly experience getting around Panmure.
  • Priority for vehicles using Lagoon Drive and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway, following the opening of Te Horeta Road.
  • Cycle lanes and footpaths will make it possible to walk or cycle off-road between Panmure, Pakuranga, and on to Pigeon Mountain by connecting to the Pakuranga Rotary Walkway.
  • Better connections between the town centre and Panmure Station.
  • Safer access to Pakuranga Road for local residents.

Project details

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 and Pakuranga Road. 

Ultimately, buses will continue on from Pakuranga to Botany when the second stage of the busway (Pakuranga to Botany busway) is completed.

Features and benefits

  • Bus will connect with the Panmure bus and train station.
  • 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.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycling facilities with wide separated and shared facilities.

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. Two-way access will be maintained into Domain Road.

New Panmure intersection

The  1.5km Te Horeta Road, opened in 2014, has reduced traffic through the Panmure roundabout via Jellicoe Road and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway. This allows for the roundabout to be replaced with a new signalised intersection with traffic and bus priority lanes to be created.

Proposed signalised Panmure Intersection

Features and benefits

  • Designed for major traffic flows:
    • No right turn from Jellicoe Road.
    • No direct access from Potaka Lane.
  • Get the busway through the busy intersection.
  • Creating a vibrant hub at Panmure.
  • Safe road crossings for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Prioritises east-west movement of vehicles along Lagoon Drive and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway.

Lagoon Drive

The busway will be built on the north side of Lagoon Drive.

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.
  • Better signalisation.
  • General traffic lanes reduced to one lane in each direction to accommodate new busway.
  • Traffic movements on Lagoon Drive better managed by new signals.
  • The southern side of Lagoon Drive designed to avoid significant geological and archaeological features.
  • New access to rear of some Queens Road shops via Korma Lane.
  • 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.

Image: 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.

  • Two dedicated busway lanes.
  • A shared cycle and pedestrian path separate to general traffic.
  • Viewing platforms where people can pause safely outside of the flow of pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Remnants of the historic swing bridge to be preserved.

The new busway bridge will be constructed to the north of the existing Panmure bridge. This will allow for the existing road bridge to be replaced with a four-lane bridge in the future.

The bridge’s construction has been designed to minimise impacts on the culturally significant Mokoia Pa.

The existing bridge will remain and be replaced in about 20 years time.

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. 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).
  • Williams Avenue will be widened to allow parking on both sides and two lanes of traffic.
  • New signals 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.


Image: Artist's impression of the proposed busway on Pakuranga Road.

Plans and project documents

Have your say

AT lodged a Notice of Requirement (NoR) application with Auckland Council to designate the road for the proposed Panmure to Pakuranga projects. 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.

Auckland Council publicly notified the project and the submission period ended on 20 March 2017.

Learn how the NoR process works.

Next steps

  • AT will continue stakeholder and community engagement.
  • Auckland Council will hold an independent hearing that takes into account all submissions collected. AT and all submitters will be able to be heard.

For more information

Contact Auckland Transport