Mount Wellington Highway nightworks
Night works will begin on 29 September 2013 for service relocations with road closures scheduled for one week (Sunday to Thursday nights inclusive). The closures will affect the section of Mt Wellington Highway between the Penrose/Waipuna and Ellerslie Panmure Highway intersections.
Because work will stretch across the entire width of the highway, residents living to the south (between Triangle Road and Penrose/Waipuna Road) will be asked to drive in and out of the Penrose/Waipuna Road intersection. Residents to the north of Triangle Road will be asked to drive in and out via the Ellerslie Panmure Highway intersection.
Traffic controllers will be on site to assist and a detour route will be signposted.
Major makeover for forgotten corner of Panmure
Work is underway on upgrading and revitalising Van Damme’s Lagoon and reserve.
The public footpath around Van Dammes Lagoon will be closed from Thursday 12 September 2013 until July 2014 as works to upgrade the Lagoon and surround area are done.
William Harvey Footbridge to open
A new temporary footbridge will be opened on the 23 August to make way for the demolition and construction of a higher and longer William Harvey Footbridge. The new bridge will extend across the AMETI Link Road and avoid the electrification works associated with the rail.
Access to the temporary footbridge will be located approximately 100m north of the existing footpath on Ireland Road. Pedestrians coming from William Harvey Place will be able to access the footbridge from the same location.
Bridge Opens Early
The new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway Bridge at Panmure has been opened three months ahead of schedule. An opening ceremony and celebration of the AMETI milestone was held on 1 August on the site.
Public information day
A public day has been held to outline details of the AMETI project so far and to update residents and travellers with latest plans for the Phase II projects, which will impact more on the Panmure - Pakuranga - Botany area.
- Get answers to your questions about AMETI (PDF 35KB)
New Panmure Station and Transport Interchange continue to take shape
The new station building is emerging above ground as station development goes on below.
Work continues on the new north-south road between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington along with the 220 metre tunnel next to the station. A local road to transport facilities is nearing completion above.
Earthworks are under way for the new 1.5 Km AMETI link road which will allow a direct link between Mt Wellington and Glen Innes.
Milestones now completed completed include:
- The new Mountain Road bridge;
- Realignment of Mountain Road;
- The new busway bridge;
- Shifting Ellerslie-Panmure Highway traffic to the new busway bridge;
- Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge demolition.
The new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway Bridge is due to open in August.
Significant new diversions looming around Panmure
A number of projects involving diversions or traffic restrictions are about to occur in Panmure.
Roadworks on Ireland Road for four months
Local residents will notice roadworks on the southern end near Ireland Road Tree Grove from the end of the April.
The works will affect traffic flows for about four months. At various times there will be lane narrowing while we work on the side of the road. There will also be a one lane ‘stop/go’, and night-time road closures while work takes place.
Residents are advised that resident access will be maintained all times.
This work is to divert services, including undergrounding some power-lines, and to tunnel a large stormwater pipe under the rail embankment to Van Dammes Lagoon and down to an improved outfall at Panmure Basin. This pipe is part of the enhanced stormwater treatment and landscaping being put in at Van Dammes Lagoon for the new AMETI road. Large ‘jacking pits’ will be set-up in Ireland Rd Tree Grove and a minimal number of trees will need to be removed or pruned.
We apologise for inconvenience to local residents.
Nightworks on Ellerslie Panmure Highway from later this month
Work on utility services diversions will start again on Ellerslie Panmure Highway around the intersection with Forge Way near Burger King and Wattyl Paints.
There will be works on the side of the road near Burger King and then at nights a range of road closures of westbound and eastbound lanes as well as full closures of Ellerslie Panmure Highway in order to lay a new gas main across the road.
This work will take several weeks and will include several nights of rock breaking as well as general excavation and road paving noise. We apologise for any disruption and will provide further information in our May Update.
New railway station taking shape
The new Panmure Railway Station building is taking shape and the new north south road is under construction. Work progresses on the tunnel next to the station and other developments are under way.
New projects under way around Easter
Work is starting on the new AMETI road shortly, along with construction at the Panmure station, and some ecological work at Van Damme's Lagoon.
The new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge is one of three being built for the $100m first phase of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) in Panmure. The bridges will be higher and longer for rail electrification and a new road runs underneath next to the rail line.
Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Transport Chairman Lester Levy marked the start of work with a visit to the bridge.
Work is also under way on the beams which will form the tunnel roof for the new arterial road. That roof will, in turn, become a new local road on top of the tunnel. This will connect to Mountwell Crescent near WINZ. New drainage works are needed on Mountwell Crescent so it can be re-levelled to tie into the new road layout on the tunnel. We will provide local business more information on this work closer to the time.
Follow the progress of the project through these slideshows:
The construction currently underway next to Ellerslie Panmure Highway and in the Panmure Station area is part of AMETI Phase One.
It is one of Auckland’s largest transport construction projects and Auckland Transport’s largest. The majority of the work is being carried out by Fletcher Construction. It is due for completion in 2014.
Nightwork on Mountwell Crescent from 24 March
Mountwell Cresent (where WINZ is off Forge Way) needs to be rebuilt at a higher level to tie into the new local road currently being constructed over the new tunnel. As Mountwell Crescent will need to be closed while the work is carried out, this work will be done at night, and the road reopened each morning as one lane with no parking. Work will start before Easter and take around three months to complete. While there will not be loud rockbreaking, work is still expected to be noisy and we apologise for any inconvenience.
Phase one work on the new AMETI road to start at Easter
Work excavating the new road will start just north of the Mountain Rd bridge before Easter. Then the road level gets built up near Morrin Rd supported by retaining walls.
Excavation work is likely to involve rockbreaking and will be done during the day.
Where the new road links with the intersection of Morrin Rd, a lot of underground services need to be moved out of the way.
The first stage of this is to ‘pothole’ to confirm the exact location and depth of existing services. This work will start on Fraser Rd and the western side of Morrin Rd in the footpath and grass berm area. Access to businesses will be maintained.
At this stage traffic won’t be affected but later this year work across Morrin Rd will be needed which will need to be done at night to maintain traffic flows.
Tree removal near Van Damme's Lagoon
Several very large plane trees near NCI by William Harvey Footbridge and Van Damme's Lagoon will be removed this Easter. Because of their proximity to the rail line, this work needs to be done over a long weekend when trains aren’t running. Nearby residents on Ireland Rd are likely to hear chainsaws and the wood chipping operation during daylight hours.
New station starts going up
Steelwork for the new glass station building started going up in March, with the large roof section being lifted on in one piece at night after pre-assembling on the ground. The large scaffold ‘grandstand’ erected over the tracks at the edge of the station concourse provides a temporary working platform for installing the glass panels and other finishings and protects trains and passengers below.
Ellerslie-Panmure Highway Bridge piling complete
The last of the 61 deep piles have been bored to depths of around 55 metres at the Ellerslie-Panmure Highway Bridge site. Concrete foundations are now being completed over the piles to support the bridge columns.
During Easter, when trains aren’t running, the first of the new bridge beams will be lifted and placed over the railway tracks.
Work on the abutments and ramps at each side is progressing well and traffic should be switched over from where it is currently running on the busway bridge around the middle of this year to allow us to complete the busway and open the new station later in the year.
The concrete sub-structure for the new station building was completed on 31 December 2012 with a large concrete pour completing the deck over the railway tracks at the south end of the station.
With a lot of work being done on the platforms over summer, the steel columns and beams for the new building are now under way.
With the permanent stairs on the pedestrian plaza in, the temporary scaffold stairs have been removed. A new set of stairs connecting the recently completed Mountain Rd plaza area to platform 2 (southbound trains) have been installed and will be opened to the public once handrails have been fitted.
The second of two new bridges for Panmure is now under way. Take a look at where they are and how they are built.
Fletcher and Auckland Transport have been busy on the AMETI project during the rail network shutdown over the holiday season. Work has progressed on both the new Panmure station and on the road tunnel project.
Work on the old Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge was completed and another section of the road tunnel roof was put in. Work on piles and support walls for the new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge is about to begin.
At the Panmure Station the concrete floor for the new station building was finished and soon passengers will have new resurfaced platforms and permanent stairs.
AMETI News, December issue
A review of activity on the AMETI project in 2012 has been published in the December issue of AMETI News.
- Minister's visit highlights progress
- The first 12 months
- Message from the Project Director
- Phase 2 update
- Track progress on AMETI through these photo slideshows
Major traffic changes in Panmure
Important information for commuters about major traffic layout changes in Panmure, including a video, map and a guide to travelling through Panmure.
A public information day was held in Panmure to outline further details of Phase 2 of the AMETI project.
Road tunnel excavation complete
The 2500th truckload of rock has been removed for the new road tunnel being built next to Panmure Station. Excavations for the tunnel are now complete, with earth now being removed north of Mountain Rd for the ramp into it.
Project manager Leon Wee on the site.
The western wall of the tunnel is almost complete with the last wall panel scheduled to be poured by the end of August. The first of 60 beams used to support the roof of the tunnel have now arrived. These will be stored on site and will start being put up later this year.
Precast columns supporting the eastern wall dividing the train station from the road tunnel will be complete by end of September. The eastern wall sections are also arriving as pre-cast units and have started to be installed.
The new north-south road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd will go through the tunnel.
Mountain Rd works update
The new road alignment between the bridge and Jellicoe Road is now backfilled to subbase level and all subsoil and storm water drainage is installed.
All twelve tree pits are now complete and currently we are preparing the new Mountain Road extension for upcoming kerb and channel which will be poured next month.
As a safety feature for cyclists and pedestrians, glass barriers 750mm high have now been installed on top of the concrete barriers along the northern side of the new Mountain Road bridge.
Works are ongoing on the plaza section of the new Mountain Road bridge. Construction continues on the plaza’s wall, footings and installation of stormwater drainage.
Busway bridge piles complete
Piling for the busway bridge is now completed, with 24 pilings drilled 55m deep to reach solid rock. Work is now underway on pile capping beams that will support the main beams for the bridge.
The first of these is due to be placed on 2 September. Beams will be placed on the west side (spanning the new road) first, with beams on the east side (spanning the rail) about a month later.
The bridge will be used for the future busway, however from mid-December traffic will be moved on to it. This will allow demolition of the existing bridge so it can be replaced with a higher and longer bridge next year.
Panmure Station work
The first piles for the new Panmure Station building have now been drilled and are scheduled to be complete on the eastern side by the end of August. The piling rig will then relocate to the western side in early September to complete the last of the piles.
Columns will then be constructed on the underground piles to support the station concourse and building over the train tracks.
Work continues on the pedestrian plaza with pedestrian access limited to a section of the plaza.
The permanent stairs that run down from the north side of the plaza will be installed over the next few months, allowing the temporary scaffold stairs to be removed.
30 July (updated)
Mountain Rd bridge now open to vehicles
The new Mountain Road Bridge is now open to vehicles as well as pedestrians. This is the first part of the AMETI Panmure project to be complete.
Speed restrictions are in place in the area as construction work continues. Work on realigning Mountain Rd to the intersection of Jellicoe and Pleasant View roads is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.
Late last year, the old Mountain Road Bridge was demolished to construct a new bridge. The new bridge is higher and longer to accommodate the electrification of the rail network and a new road underneath.
It also has major improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. It also improves access between the West and East Park’n’Rides on either side of the Panmure train station.
Mountain Rd bridge opens to vehicles on 30 July
The bridge and approach roads are currently being sealed in preparation for the opening. Work is continuing on realigning Mountain Rd to the intersection of Jellicoe and Pleasant View roads and is scheduled to be complete by the end of August or early September.From 30 July, the newly-built Mountain Road Bridge will be open to vehicles as well as pedestrians. This will be the first part of the AMETI Panmure project to be complete.
Late last year the previous Mountain Road Bridge was demolished to construct a new bridge. The new bridge is higher and longer to accommodate the electrification of the rail network and a new road underneath.
It also has major improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also improve access between the West and East Park’n’Rides on either side of the Panmure train station.
There will be speed restrictions along this section of Mountain Rd because construction is still underway in the area.
Excavation for new road tunnel
Excavation of 44,000m3 or 5000 truckloads of hard basalt rock for the new road tunnel and approaches to it is almost complete.
Work is underway on the foundations and walls for the next stage to create the 220m concrete covered box that the new road will run through.
The west tunnel retaining wall, which has an art design embedded in it, is progressing well. Backfilling behind it will soon begin. Most of the footing for creating the east tunnel wall is almost ready for the wall construction to begin.
A new two lane road, between Mt Wellington Highway near Van Damm’s Lagoon and Merton Rd, will go through the tunnel in the station area.
New Panmure Station pedestrian plaza opens
A new pedestrian plaza making it easier to get between both platforms at Panmure Station opens on Thursday 28 May. Part of the major station upgrade, it is initially only accessed by stairs, with future work including the installation of lifts.
Other recent changes at Panmure Station include:
- pedestrian access to platforms via the new Mountain Rd bridge
- The stairs to platforms from Ellerslie-Panmure Highway are closed
- The Ellerslie-Panmure Highway footpath on the station side is closed between Forge Way and Panmure roundabout
Note that there will be disabled access via all routes, except the new pedestrian plaza until lifts are installed later this year.
These changes are necessary to ensure public safety while work on AMETI is carried out.
Piling work commences for Busway Bridge
Piling work on 60m deep piles for the busway bridge will continue to involve some night and Sunday work beside Ellerslie Panmure Highway.
The new bridge is at the station next to Ellerslie-Panmure Highway and is part of the station upgrade. The piling is noisy work and we apologise for any disruption caused.
Unfortunately this work has to be carried out separately to other construction activities happening in the area during the day, so there will be another seven nights of piling over the last two weeks of July.
We are working some Sundays to minimise the number of nights worked.
Twenty four piles are being drilled 60m deep to reach solid rock for the bridge at the station which will be for buses.
Piling work is also being done for the foundations for a new Panmure Station building. Until the pile holes are filled with concrete polymer, an inert liquid, provides support for them. The polymer is pumped between the holes and large water tanks, where it is cleaned, stored and re-used on new piles.
The new bridge is due for completion at the end of this year.
Auckland Transport is applying to Auckland Council for consents for the new AMETI road and improvements to Van Damme's Lagoon. These projects are now open for public submissions to the Council.
Changes to Panmure park and ride
A section of the Park‘n’Ride off Forge Way will be closed from 1 April but 86 spaces will remain. Passengers driving via Mt Wellington Highway and Ellerslie-Panmure Highway are advised to use these spaces.
New Park‘n’Ride spaces will be available off the Panmure roundabout end of Mountain Road. Passengers driving via the Panmure roundabout side of the station are advised to use this Park‘n’Ride facility.
Access to the station will also change. See the map below for your most convenient access point.
Auckland Transport and its contractors apologise for any inconvenience.
These changes are necessary as part of the AMETI Panmure project. When complete the Panmure Station area will be significantly improved.
Construction begins on the first AMETI work
The old Mountain Rd bridge was demolished on Boxing Day and new temporary ramps to the platforms at Panmure Station were installed during the Christmas rail network shutdown.
Access to station platforms is different to how it was before Christmas. Signage is in place to guide passengers.
Work on a new Mountain Rd bridge over the rail lines is now underway with good progress being made on piles and foundations. The new bridge will be higher to allow for electrification of the rail network.
Other AMETI Panmure construction work:
- Station platform works
- Ongoing work on a new temporary park and ride car park
- Demolition of buildings
- Enabling works for major construction, including creating a trench for combining underground services. This is being carried out at night, mostly on private property. This is noisy work and may be heard by some residents. Auckland Transport is endeavouring to schedule the noisiest work earlier in the evening, use quiet machinery where possible.
Auckland Transport has a community liaison team focused on minimising the impacts to the public during construction.
21 December 2011
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