Community solves conundrum

Community groups are pushing for a new bus lane in Auckland to solve congestion issues

Community solves conundrum
Luke Christensen from Generation Zero (left) and Cameron Pitches from Campaign for Better Transport

An Auckland bus lane is to be upgraded following suggestions from community groups – providing relief to frustrated passengers.

The westbound bus lane on Fanshawe Street is to be upgraded following a suggestion from Campaign for Better Transport and Generation Zero.

Auckland Transport is developing plans that will provide significant benefits for public transport in the Fanshawe corridor from Beaumont Street to the downtown area, although it will be some time before these will be in place. 

Auckland Transport chairman Lester Levy agrees there are benefits for customers in doing westbound bus lane improvements on Fanshawe Street as soon as practicable. 

 "There are some planning regulatory processes to consider as well as public consultation, however we expect we can have these in place within three months," says Levy.

Cameron Pitches, of Campaign for Better Transport, welcomes the upgraded bus lane for Fanshawe Street.

"This will come as a relief for North Shore bus commuters, who regularly find themselves stuck in general traffic during the evening rush hour."

Generation Zero has also come up with a concept for putting in place interim relief measures - a bus lane from Albert St to Halsey St as this where the buses get clogged up in the afternoon rush.

Levy says Auckland Transport needs to have pragmatic, interim solutions in place while working towards the more time consuming, ideal and more complete solutions and this response is a good example of this type of approach.

More than 8,000 people travel on 173 buses from the city to the North Shore each weekday between 4pm and 6pm. 

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