NZ’s bus lane blitz


New 24 hour bus lanes created to help keep New Zealand’s largest city moving

Auckland Transport is adding more than 1.2km of new full-time bus lanes to the city centre to mitigate delays caused by City Rail Link (CRL) construction later this year. 

The new bus lanes will be built into seven CBD streets, and should reduce travel times for bus users in the city.

Work on the new lanes has already started and CRL construction manager Chris Bird says the main construction work involves trenching along Albert Street and will start next year.

"The work is expected to take about three and a half years and bus changes will be staged around construction during this time," he says.

"We’d like Aucklanders who usually access the city centre by car to consider alternatives next year to minimise effects on city congestion."

Some bus routes and stops Albert Street will also be moved to new locations away from construction works, and more than 5,000 bus trips will be affected every day.

Auckland Transport will run a campaign early next year, closer to the main construction work, advising commuters to reduce their car trips into the city and will also hold information sessions on travel choices with a focus on public transport.

Growth projections estimate there will be 700,000 more people living in Auckland in the next 30 years and the new rail link will help address the influx.

Buses make up just 2.5 per cent of vehicles on the road, but carry nearly a third of commuters into Auckland city.

The proposed new public transport network will eventually have buses and trains running at least every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week.

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