Big bus plans for NZ

Extending the Northern Busway and establishment of new station on the cards for Auckland

A plan to extend Auckland’s Northern Busway has entered the community consultation phase, with the final design due to be complete by next year.

Auckland Transport is also investigating options for a new bus station in the Rosedale or lower Albany area.

New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Auckland and Northland highways manager Brett Gliddon says the project commits significant investment to encourage the use of public transport.

"We’re working with Auckland Transport on plans to extend the Northern Busway, so buses can travel further on the network," he says.

"This extension will improve bus trip reliability and provide a more efficient bus network on the North Shore.

"We’d also welcome feedback on our joint plans with Auckland Transport for what could form more than 25 kilometres of a new linked up network of walking and cycling paths through local roads and parks.

"The journey time at the moment is hugely variable, so we are sure the community will appreciate the plans for an alternative route and more reliable journey times."

The busway and new station is part of the wider integrated transport plan for Auckland’s traffic laden North Shore and tied in with the Northern Corridor Improvements project, which is expected to start in 2018.

In addition to the busway, plans include a direct connection between the Northern Motorway and the Upper Harbour Highway, improved local road links and more than five kilometres of new walking and cycling paths.

NZTA is now seeking community feedback on the latest design plans with submissions open until September 18.

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