Feedback sought for Auckland network

Auckland Transport is asking public for feedback on transport options including bus priority lanes

Community feedback is being sought on options identified by the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) and Auckland Transport (AT) to improve transport connections in the parts of the city.

The proposed options identify some bus priority lanes between Mangere, Otahuhu and Sylvia Park, as well as roading improvements and new cycle links on the north side of the Mangere inlet.

NZTA Spokesperson Brett Gliddon says the planned improvements are important to deliver a transport network that can continue to support the growing movement of people and goods.

"The East West Connections area is the engine room of New Zealand’s industrial and manufacturing economy and home to a number of our most vibrant communities," he says.

"These improvements are needed to ensure that both the nation’s supply chains and the local transport network function effectively."

Public feedback to date has supported the need to address congestion and delays in the Onehunga-Penrose area, as well as improving bus services.

"No decision has been made about any of the options, and our first priority is to get feedback from the community before the project is developed further," says Gliddon.

AT Key Strategic Initiatives Project Director Theunis Van Schalkwyk says creating bus priority between Mangere, Otahuhu and Sylvia Park will make bus journeys faster and more reliable.

"This is a key part of delivering a Frequent Network for public transport in the area and creates a better connection for people getting to work," he says.

To help explain the options and get people’s feedback, the NZTA and Auckland Transport are planning a series of community open days this month which will be supported by workshops on specific topics.

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