Quicker trip


Auckland commuters will enjoy a quicker trip with a new bus lane on a popular route

Auckland commuters who use a prominent route in peak hour traffic will have time cut off their daily commute with the addition bus line.

The new, predominantly kerbside, bus lane will be put in place in Fanshawe Street.

Seventy per cent of the people who travel on Fanshawe St at peak are in a bus and there’s a bus about every 40 seconds.

The shore-bound bus lane will start from Albert St and connect to the existing bus lane beside Victoria Park to keep buses moving to the northern motorway through this key traffic corridor.

Auckland Transport public transport group manager Mark Lambert says the organisation has weighed up options for implementing a bus lane and believes that a kerbside lane after Hobson Street is the optimal solution.

Between Albert and Hobson Streets the bus lane will be in the second lane from the kerb to allow for the heavy volume of traffic that turns left to access the southern and western motorway entrances.

"Further along the route, there is a significant traffic movement left into Halsey St which requires additional queuing space to operate effectively."

Lambert says Auckland Transport has given priority to installing a new interim bus lane for shore-bound commuters while longer term plans continue to extend the Northern Busway to and from the city centre.

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