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Transport interchange opens

Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014

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A significant step has been made towards better public transport for East Auckland commuters.

Panmure's new $17.5 million transport interchange was opened on Saturday by mayor Len Brown and government minister Michael Woodhouse.

The interchange is part of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative and its completion marks the first stage of the Southeastern Busway between Panmure, Pakuranga and Botany.

Mr Brown says the interchange is a welcome move towards better transport connections for Auckland's eastern suburbs.

"I know everybody in the east is waiting for the new busway with real anticipation," he says.

"They've been waiting for better public transport links with the rest of Auckland for way too long."

The next stage is the creation of bus lanes along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Rd to a new bus station at Pakuranga town centre.

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- Eastern Courier

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