New transport area to make commuting easier in Panmure

NEAR COMPLETION: The Panmure bus and train station will open on January 18.
NEAR COMPLETION: The Panmure bus and train station will open on January 18.

Commuting on public transport is about to get easier in Panmure with the opening of a new bus and train station in January.

The $17.5 million interchange will allow direct transfers between rail and bus, benefiting those living and working in the area as well as those who travel through Panmure as part of their daily commute.

It is part of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) and is the first stage of the Southeastern Busway between Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany.

Features include a new central pedestrian plaza linking both sides of the rail tracks, two lifts, escalators to both platforms and four sets of stairs at the main access points.

Ticket machines will be installed on both platforms with a staffed ticket office on the ground floor. Temporary cycle parking will be available on Mountain Rd until a permanent structure is installed in 2014.

The next stage will see the creation of the busway lanes along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Rd to a new bus station at Pakuranga town centre which will better connect residents to trains heading to the city and the south.

Maungakiekie-Tamaki Local Board chairman Simon Randall says the new interchange is a significant step towards better public transport for Panmure residents.

An event to celebrate the opening will take place on January 18 at 11am.

Go to aucklandtransport. for details.

East And Bays Courier