AMETI Eastern Busway

 

AMETI (Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative) Eastern Busway will create a dedicated, congestion-free busway between Panmure, Pakuranga, and Botany town centres.

The busway is supported by new cycling and walking connections, urban design improvements, safety and signal improvements at key intersections, and more. The project is delivered in 4 stages.

Project Status


 Stage 1 - Panmure: Complete.
 Stage 2 - Panmure to Pakuranga: Preliminary construction.
 Stage 3 - Pakuranga to Botany: Consultation and consenting.
 Stage 4 - Botany Station: Analysis and strategy.

If you are interested in talking with one of the team, the AMETI Eastern Busway Information Centre is located in Pakuranga Plaza (opposite Pascoes) on Tuesday and Thursday, 2pm to 6pm.

Project zone: South-east.

Project Overview

 

The AMETI Eastern Busway will significantly improve transport choices, reliability, and journey times in south-east Auckland and to other parts of the region. 

 

Once the busway is completed, you’ll be able to travel by bus and train between Botany and Britomart in less than 40 minutes. The busway will be supported by 3 new stations at Panmure, Pakuranga, and Botany, new cycling and walking connections, urban design enhancements, and improvements for general traffic such as advanced signalling at important intersections.

A new flyover connecting Pakuranga Road with Pakuranga Highway is also planned to provide better travel options and reduce congestion for general traffic.

 

Major transport improvements have already been made with the opening of the new Panmure Station (now the fifth busiest station in Auckland) and the development of Te Horeta Road.

 

The next stage will be construction of a busway with buses travelling on their own congestion-free lanes between Panmure and Pakuranga town centres.

 

The final stage between Panmure and Botany is due for completion in 2026.

The second phase of the AMETI Eastern Busway Project is Panmure to Pakuranga

The Panmure to Pakuranga stage of AMETI Eastern Busway includes the first section of the busway, along the north side of Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road, and upgrading the Panmure roundabout. Significant progress has been made on the plans for major transport improvements between Panmure and Pakuranga.

Construction is planned to commence in late 2018.

Features

  • Building a section of a dedicated urban busway, between Panmure Station and Pakuranga, separate from general traffic.

  • Replacing Panmure roundabout with a signalised intersection.

  • 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.

  • Improving pedestrian and cycling facilities, including new cycle lanes and footpaths separate from traffic.

 

Benefits

  • 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.

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.

Features and benefits

  • Designed for major traffic flows:

    • No right turn from Jellicoe Road.

    • No direct access from Potaka Lane.

  • Enable more efficient flow of buses 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

  • 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.

  • 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: Artist's impression of the proposed busway for Lagoon Drive.

New dedicated busway bridge

A new 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.

Features:

  • 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 headland (in vicinity of Bridge Street in Panmure).

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