First step in anticipated busway

The opening of an interchange in Auckland is one of the first steps in a major project

First step in anticipated busway
The new bus and train station in Panmure, Auckland

Auckland’s new transport interchange, which was opened this week, means commuters will have to walk less than a minute between buses and trains.

The new bus and train station in Panmure was opened by Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Associate Transport Minister Michael Woodhouse.

Brown says this will be the gateway to Auckland’s newest high frequency busway and is a significant step towards better transport connections for Auckland’s eastern suburbs.

"I know everybody in the east is waiting for the new busway with real anticipation. They’ve been waiting for better public transport links with the rest of Auckland for way too long."

The $17.5 million interchange is part of and its completion marks the first stage of the Southeastern Busway between Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany.

The next stage will see the creation of the busway lanes along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road to a new bus station at Pakuranga town centre.

Auckland Transport Chief Executive David Warburton says the new interchange will become an important transport hub for Auckland and is a significant step towards improving Auckland's public transport system.

 "The interchange layout is designed for easy transfers which is also enhanced by the new AT HOP card allowing people to travel seamlessly between public transport modes and operators."

Panmure is currently one of the busiest rail stations in the region with approximately 1700 passengers per day.

 It has grown rapidly since 2003 when it was used by less than 100 passengers per day.

The next stage of the project will unlock further benefits for transport in the area once the Panmure roundabout is removed and a busway from Panmure to Pakuranga town centre is built.

The New Zealand Transport Agency is investing $152m in the total Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) investment to 2015 of $290m, and Auckland Council is the other major funder.

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