Feedback Being Sought On Proposed Northwest Bus Improvements

Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
are asking for feedback on a proposal to significantly
improve public transport connections to and from
Auckland’s northwest.

The plan to make bus journeys
quicker, easier and better connected involves upgrading and
extending the existing bus shoulder lanes along the
Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and building interim bus stops
at Westgate and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatū motorway

This would enable a northwestern express
bus service using the motorway which connects with local
feeder services operating to each station. The bus network
will also be reviewed to make better use of the proposed new
bus stops and adjustments are planned at motorway
interchanges to increase priority for buses.

Minister Phil Twyford says this joint AT and Waka Kotahi
project will allow faster and more frequent bus

“Bus passengers going from Westgate to the
city during the morning peak could save up to 35 minutes on
their journey as a result of these

“This project will also create around
300 jobs and support our economic recovery,” says Mr

Mayor Phil Goff says the project will have
economic and social benefits for the northwest and will help
support jobs and population growth.

“The $100
million in government-funded upgrades for public transport
in the northwest will enable a further 170,000 people to get
in and out of the city within 45-55 minutes on the bus,”
he says.

“This will support jobs and population
growth in the area and help to reduce traffic congestion and
vehicle emissions by allowing more people to commute without
driving. Construction of the projects will create jobs and
provide economic stimulus across the

Funding of $100 million has been provided
to deliver these interim bus improvements as part of the
Government’s recently announced stimulus funding package
of infrastructure projects. There is $50 million through
Crown Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and $50 million from
Waka Kotahi through the National Land Transport

Waka Kotahi Senior Manager System Design, Robyn
Elston says, “A fast, efficient bus service along the
motorway with improved journey times will give people more
transport options, encourage them to leave their cars at
home and help reduce motorway congestion.”

She says
dedicated bus lanes are proving their worth during the
current closure of lanes on the harbour bridge, moving many
more people, more quickly, than private vehicles.

improvements are to be built over the next five years and,
once complete, will encourage more people to use public
transport while plans are made for longer-term

Looking beyond the next five years, Waka
Kotahi plans to explore options for a mass rapid transit
system so that even more people can be moved along the
Northwestern Motorway (SH16).

AT and Waka Kotahi
welcomes feedback from communities on the proposed interim
term improvements and what they think the long-term
investigations for rapid transit along the Northwestern
Motorway should consider.

Feedback is open until
Sunday 25 October. To provide feedback, go to

© Scoop Media


Source Article