NZ bus lane a goer

Extended bus shoulder set to improve travel times for Auckland bus commuters

A dedicated bus shoulder will improve journey times and reliability for morning peak time commuters on the Northern Express bus-way in Auckland.

It will allow city-bound buses to take priority and avoid merging with other peak time traffic on the motorway, before they enter the dedicated Northern bus-way corridor at Constellation Bus Station.

The opening of a new section of continuous bus shoulder on Auckland’s Northern Motorway completes the final phase in a project to improve congestion at one of the city’s problem areas.

It is the first construction project to be completed by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) as part of the government’s $500 million accelerated programme of works to improve Auckland’s transport infrastructure.

NZTA Auckland and Northland highways manager Brett Gliddon says while the initiative will take time and may cause delays while being constructed, it will improve travel times for bus users once complete.

"The improvements made in this area will provide extra capacity and relief for the next few years while we plan, design and build the larger northern corridor improvement project’s long-term infrastructure," he says.

"Data is already showing substantial improvements, since the widening to three lanes.

"The opening of this southbound bus shoulder will help ensure journey reliability for bus passengers while we continue plans for an extension of the dedicated bus-way."

There are plans to extend the dedicated bus-way to Albany Station, though this is subject to the availability of future funding.

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