Stage 3 of the Eastern Busway runs between the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive/Pakuranga Road and Botany Town Centre.
This stage includes a new bus station at Pakuranga Town Centre and Botany Town Centre, a grade separated intersection between Pakuranga Road and Waipuna Bridge, and several cycling, walking and urban design improvements.
Due for completion in 2025, these developments will help commuters travel between Botany and Britomart in less than 40 minutes.
- Continuation of a dedicated urban busway, between Pakuranga and Botany town centres, separate from general traffic.
- A new bus station and interchange at Pakuranga town centre.
- A new bus station at Botany town centre.
- A new grade separated road, connecting Pakuranga Road with Pakuranga Highway.
- Building a new modern busway bridge across the Pakuranga Creek next to the existing road bridge with a wide shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.
- Improving pedestrian and cycling facilities, including new cycle lanes and footpaths separate from traffic.
- Reliable, more frequent bus services (every 5 to 10 minutes between Panmure and Botany).
- The new grade separated road between Pakuranga and Waipuna Bridge will improve travel options for motorists between Pakuranga Road and Pakuranga Highway.
- The grade separated road will remove up to 40% of traffic from busy intersections, enabling buses to move more freely.
- 15-minute bus between Botany Town Centre and Panmure Station.
- Improved signalling at important intersections.
- Cycle lanes and footpaths will make it possible to walk or cycle off-road between Panmure, Pakuranga, and Botany.
- Improved pedestrian and cycling connections around Pakuranga town centre.
- Safer access to Pakuranga Road for local residents.
- Late 2021 - Consenting process expected to begin.
- 2022 - Enabling construction work begins.
- 2025 - Construction completed in sections and targeted to open.
Pakuranga to Botany Busway construction details
Busway along Ti Rakau Drive
The busway will continue from the intersection of Pakuranga Road along the centre of Ti Rakau Drive to the future Botany Station.
It will be supported by a number of bus stops at key locations along with separated walking and cycling paths.
Features and benefits
- Buses every 5-10 minutes.
- 15-minute bus journey between Botany and Panmure Station.
- Shared cycling and walking paths.
- Four lanes for general traffic.
Image: Artist's impression of the busway along Ti Rakau Drive.
New connection between Pakuranga Road and Pakuranga Highway
A new grade separated road connecting Pakuranga Road with Pakuranga Highway will help buses travel smoothly by removing up to 40 per cent of vehicle traffic from busy intersections in the area.
The connection will also offer alternative options for motorists travelling between Pakuranga and Mt Wellington.
Image: Artist's impression.
Pakuranga Creek bridge
We propose building a new busway bridge on the northern side of the current Pakuranga Creek bridge to provide for the busway as well as a combined pedestrian and cycle path.
Features and benefits
- Two dedicated busway lanes.
- Shared cycle and pedestrian path separate to general traffic.
Image: Artist's impression of the new busway bridge.
A new station will be developed at Pakuranga town centre, providing improved access to this important commercial and retail precinct and better travel options to the surrounding area.
The new station is still in preliminary design stages and we are working closely with town centre owners on options.
Features and benefits
- Improved access to Pakuranga town centre.
- Improved distribution of buses from Pakuranga town centre to either Botany, Panmure or other parts of the area.
- Facilitates increased number of services and greater frequency.
A new bus station at Botany town centre is currently in the early planning stages.
Public feedback on Eastern Busway
Public consultation of these indicative designs took place in 2018 and the feedback received will be considered by the Eastern Busway Alliance.
Planning has started and the designs are now being reviewed. The next phase of public consultation will take place in mid-2021.
Stage 2 and 3 (residential section) plans:
Note: Public consultation took place in 2018 and the feedback received will be included in the next phase of planning and design work on the project. These plans should not be considered as final documents and may change. We will work with the local community and stakeholders when the next phase of design work takes place in 2021.
- Eastern Busway Stage 2 design plans Oct 2018 (PDF 6.9MB)
- Eastern Busway Stage 2 design plans with features Oct 2018 (PDF 1.8MB)
- Eastern Busway Stage 3 (residential) design Oct 2018 (PDF 5.8MB)
- Eastern Busway Stage 3 (residential) design plans with features Oct 2018 (PDF 4.4MB)
- Eastern Busway Stage 3 (commercial and business) design plans (PDF 5MB)
What is the Eastern Busway Alliance
Auckland Transport have formed an alliance with Fletcher, Acciona, AECOM and Jacobs to start the design and consenting work, progressing towards construction, which is expected to start in 2022. The interim project alliance agreement was signed in late October 2020.
The alliance model is a proven best practice method for delivering large-scale infrastructure projects. An alliance involves organisations drawing on local and international specialists in safety, government, planning, design, construction, community engagement and environmental sustainability, collaborating to deliver a project within a set budget allocation, with shared incentives, resources and objectives.
An alliance has been formed to enable efficient and innovative ways to achieve better outcomes for our partners, stakeholders, customers and communities.
A key task for the newly formed alliance will be to review the existing design to test if any innovations and efficiencies can be made while still delivering the important project outcomes required. This may result in the final design varying from the previously consulted scheme shared with the community in 2018.
The alliance will be focusing on minimizing community impacts of the project and maximizing transport, placemaking, community and economic outcomes.
Eastern Busway Alliance team December 2020.