Alternative modes encouraged

Major upgrades at an Auckland ferry terminal to encourage use of bus by commuters

Alternative modes encouraged
A vision of Devonport’s Marine Square

A multi-million dollar project at a major Auckland ferry terminal will hopefully encourage commuters to take other modes of transport to the interchange such as bus.

Auckland Transport’s $5.5 million Devonport’s Marine Square upgrade project will transform the square from just a car park to an integral and appealing part of the village’s attractive new gateway.

Auckland Council Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chairperson Mike Cohen says a more functional square layout means pedestrians, vehicles and cyclists can safely co-exist at this busy transport node.

"Seventy per cent of commuters who drive to the ferry terminal live within three kilometres of it and that is soaking up parking that would benefit local businesses," he says.

"We need to encourage other options of getting to and from the ferry building, whether it’s by bus, walking, riding a scooter or cycling which is why the project will provide more scooter and appropriate bike parking spaces."

The project is expected to be complete early 2015, to be completed by Downer NZ.

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