Bus and transit lanes are proposed between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park to speed up bus journeys, and new bus stop facilities are being built at Mangere and Ōtāhuhu town centres. We will also make improvements to walking and cycling facilities.
- Have your say on the Walmsley Rd transit lane, and walking and cycling improvements until 17 February 2017.
- An improvement in travel times and journey time reliability for buses between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu, and Sylvia Park.
- An improvement in safety and accessibility for cycling and walking between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.
- An improvement in safety and accessibility for public transport users.
- New bus stop facilities are expected to be completed by late 2016 to support the new public transport network in south Auckland.
- Local transport improvements in Māngere and Ōtāhuhu town centres are underway, as part of the early works for bus priority improvements.
AT consulted on improvements to public transport as part of the New Network project. The network will provide more frequent services between main town centres (at least 15 minutes between 7am – 7pm). However, some of the routes run along corridors with congestion issues and this hinders the ability to provide reliable services. It was identified that there was significant variability in travel times for buses running along Massey Road, especially in the early afternoon. As a result, the route between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park (future Frequent Network route 32) was identified for improvements.
Currently, the route from Māngere to Ōtāhuhu and through to Sylvia Park has significant variances in travel time. Between Māngere to Ōtāhuhu the average travel time at 8am is 22 minutes, but congestion and queuing can slow this down to half an hour. Similarly, the route between Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park can take from 17 up to 29 minutes.
Congestion on the route also impacts other road users, including freight, and the route lacks cycle lanes, good quality pavements and pedestrian crossings.
To speed up bus travel times between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park we are proposing bus priority along some sections of the route. Transit lanes for trucks, buses and vehicles for multiple passengers are also proposed, along with improved cycling and pedestrian facilities in some area.
Bus, truck and transit lanes
Bus priority lanes installed on the approach to a number of intersections on Massey Road, Station Road, Atkinson Avenue and Mt Wellington Highway.
It is proposed that a combined bus and truck lane will be provided on Walmsley Road. Transits lanes (for buses, trucks and vehicles with multiple passengers) are also proposed for some parts of Massey Road.
Cycling and walking improvements
A range of cycling and walking improvements are proposed along the majority of the route. This could include a separated cycleway on Massey Road and part of Mt Wellington Highway and an on-road cycleway on Thomas Road, Orly Avenue and Station Road.
A shared path is proposed for cyclists and pedestrians on parts of Walmsley Road, Massey Road and Mt Wellington Highway. Improved pedestrian crossings are also proposed on Massey Road, Atkinson Avenue and Mt Wellington Highway.
In addition there are some other roads that are still being investigated as potential locations for cycle facilities, for example to link Middlemore Hospital to the route.
To be able to make these improvements we are proposing changes to parking on some sections of the route, such as parts of Station Road and Massey Road. We will work with the community to understand their current use of the parking in these areas and identify what impact these changes may have.
Atkinson Ave section
Massey Road near Gray Ave section
Massey Road near Mangere East Library section
Massey Road near Pukaki Road section
Massey Road near Robertson Road section
Mt Wellington Highway section
Station Road Otahuhu section
Walmsley Road outside Otahuhu Interchange section
We propose building new bus stop facilities for both the Māngere and Ōtāhuhu town centres. We also anticipate providing improved bus shelters along the route.
Māngere town centre
The new bus facilities at Māngere will include 7 bus stops (2 more than currently), extend the covered passenger area, provide a covered connection to Māngere town centre, a toilet adjacent to the bus shelter, cycle racks, an additional westbound lane for traffic, and paving and landscaping of the area around the bus station.
Ōtāhuhu town centre
In Ōtāhuhu the existing bus station on Avenue Road will close. It will be replaced by new bus stops and bus shelters installed on both sides of Avenue Road, retaining a familiar bus stop location for existing passengers.
New Exeloo toilets will be installed to replace the existing toilets, and a redesigned canopy will cover the head of the bus stop.