Bus stop revamp aims to 'future-proof' service
The Fanshawe St transport hub used by North Shore commuters is set to be revamped in 2016 and may be future-proofed for rail.
A significant bus interchange facility is in the pipeline at the Fanshawe and Victoria Park location, linking between North Shore services and other popular routes.
Auckland Transport spokesman Mark Hannan says the upgrade is intended to happen around the time of the bus service changes to the Shore in 2016.
"The design has not been finalised, nor has the actual position but we will be striving for an efficient, safe and attractive facility for commuters.
"This will be a major transport interchange for people travelling to the North Shore.
"We will look to future-proof it for the possibility of rail to the Shore at some later date," he says.
Last year the North Shore Times was told the project would cost $15.5 million.
The total is made up of $7.7m in 2013-2014 and $7.8m in 2014-2015 set out in the Regional Land Transport Programme.
But councillor George Wood believes work on the interchange should start in the next 12 months.
He says Shore commuters endure "appalling conditions" at the bus stop in the afternoon peak, especially in wet weather.
Mr Wood is hopeful the interchange will be similar to the Northern Busway stations.
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