Concrete was today poured and designs unveiled for the $17.5 million upgrade of the Panmure Station.
The project, part of the $1.5 billion Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI), includes a new station building and shelter along the majority of the platforms.
The new station is part of the $100m first phase of AMETI. It includes a new north-south road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd, a 220m tunnel for the road, cycle paths, new footpaths and three new bridges.
The upgraded station will be the entry point to the new South Eastern Busway.
The busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre and Botany will cut public transport journeys almost in half and attract an estimated 5.2m passengers per year, according to Auckland Transport.
Construction of the first stage of the busway is scheduled to start in 2015/16, subject to funding and consents, as part of phase two of AMETI.
"The Panmure Station upgrade is just the latest example of the work we are doing to unclog Auckland's roads and unleash the potential of all of Auckland," Mayor Len Brown said at an unveiling today.
"With 5.2 million passengers a year, the AMETI South Eastern Busway is a key part of driving major increases in public transport use.
"People will be able to quickly get from Pakuranga to all parts of the CBD by using the uncongested busway then easily transferring to a new electric train to any of four stations in the CBD when the City Rail Link opens.
"Auckland's electric trains, integrated ticketing and projects like the City Rail Link will further boost patronage and create a transport network Auckland can be proud of."
Auckland Transport major projects manager Rick Walden said construction of AMETI was progressing well with a new road tunnel excavated and the walls almost completed.
A new bridge next to Ellersllie-Panmure highway was also taking shape, Walden said.Traffic will be moved onto it at the end of the year while the existing highway bridge is demolished and replaced.
The new higher and longer Mountain Rd bridge opened in late July and a new re-aligned section of the road opened recently.
AMETI phase two - Panmure to Pakuranga - will replace the Panmure roundabout with a new intersection that is expected to remove the traffic bottleneck and reduce crossing distances for pedestrians; a busway separate to general traffic from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre will be developed; a new Panmure Bridge - next to the existing one for the busway for cyclists and pedestrians will be built; 7km of new cycling paths and 6km of wide new footpaths and he Reeves Rd flyover, a direct link from Pakuranga Rd to Waipuna Bridge over Ti Rakau Dr and above part of Reeves Rd, avoiding congestion around Pakuranga town centre, will be completed.
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