The AMETI Eastern Busway Project build begins on 19 April. This transformational transport project will provide better connections, faster journey times, and improved travel choice for you. The Eastern Busway will operate in similar way to the Northern Busway and will be supported by improved cycling and walking connections, improvements for general traffic and enhanced landscaping and street upgrades for the surrounding area.
Like with all major projects, there's going to be some disruption along major roads in East Auckland, especially between Panmure roundabout and Pakuranga Plaza.
We all know sitting in traffic isn't fun, but by work together and all doing our piece, we can help minimise congestion and make the most out of our commutes while construction takes place.
|1||Work begins to transform Panmure Roundabout into a more efficient signalised intersection|
|2||Some trees will be removed along Lagoon Drive in preparation for road widening and construction of Busway (new trees and vegetation will be included as part of the final busway)|
|3||Work begins to upgrade the intersection of Ti Rakau Drive and Pakuranga Road|
|4||Construction begins to build retaining walls along northern parts of Lagoon Drive to enable road widening for the busway, cycling and walking connections (near the current roundabout and alongside the headland area near Bridge Street)|
|5||Work begins to widen Pakuranga Road to allow for busway, cycling and walking paths|
|6||Construction begins on the new busway bridge across Tamaki River|
|7||Work begins to upgrade the intersection of Church Crescent and Lagoon Drive|
|8||Work begins to develop new park at headland area on Panmure side of Tamaki River|
|9||Construction of stage 1 between Panmure and Pakuranga is complete|
|Stage 2, 3 and 4 construction Pakuranga to Botany stage (subject to consent):
2022: Construction of Reeves Road Flyover
2022 - 2025: Construction of Pakuranga to Botany busway section, including cycling and walking paths.
2026: Construction finishes on Botany Station
|Utility and drainage upgrades near Williams Ave.
Improvements to local carparks completed
Landscaping and Flora planting along completed route.
Urban design and streetscape upgrades on Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road.
Public art installations
Auckland Transport and its contractor Fulton Hogan are working hard to minimise disruption to the travelling public and local residents. However, some disruption can be expected and this includes:
Traffic congestion in the vicinity of Panmure Roundabout, Lagoon Drive, Pakuranga Road and Ti Rakau Drive especially during peak travel times
Ongoing changes to the road layout (Auckland Transport is working to maintain all traffic lanes for the majority of the construction period)
Speed restrictions around construction areas (30km per hour)
Large vehicle movements (trucks, excavators etc)
Changes to pedestrian routes
We have put in measures to help provide improved travel options during construction and will undertake disruptive work during holiday periods, weekends and at night where possible.
From Monday 15 April, two new bus services will be introduced to provide more travel options during construction. These new services will provide an express service from Howick to Panmure Station via Lloyd Elsmore Park. And an express service from Lloyd Elsmore Park to Panmure Station.
In June we will be introducing a Park & Ride facility at Lloyd Elsmore Park, providing over 300 car parks next to the netball courts.
Routes 728 and 729 operate Monday to Friday during peak hours only, and will be FREE from 15 April 2019 to 3 May 2019. Normal fares will apply from Monday 6 May 2019.
"To minimise congestion, I'm choosing to take the train and bus to and from University."
Josh Clarke, Student.
Whether it's carpooling with friends, shopping local or taking the walking school bus you can save on fuel, and you can get to know your community better.
Try the AT Smart Travel carpooling app:
"The families in our neighbourhood have organised a walking school bus to take the kids to school."
Aleki Palu, Local Teacher.
If you're traveling into town, take Waipuna Bridge or Highbrook Drive, to avoid the traffic on Panmure Bridge. Check out our traffic congestion map to find alternative options.
"We're choosing to shop local to minimise the time spent in the car and get to know our community better."
Kim Harvey, Local Parent.
This may not be an option for you, but many organisations are encouraging 'flexi-time' with their staff. By commuting outside of peak hour traffic, you can avoid the congestion and arrive fresh to start your day.
"I'm letting my staff work flexible hours, so they can avoid commuting during peak hour traffic times."
Emma Ng, Local Owner / Operator.