Auckland Transport have highlighted this before but it’s worth repeating in the lead up to the start of the CRL works. As part of the effort to minimise disruption and encourage people to use public transport which is more spatially efficient they will be installing a number of new bus lanes around the city centre.
Auckland Transport is adding more than 1.2km of new 24 hour a day, seven days a week, bus lanes to the city centre to minimise effects on bus timetables when construction starts on the City Rail Link (CRL) later this year. The work on the bus lanes starts this week.
In November, a new stormwater main being tunnelled under the eastern side of Albert Street between Swanson and Wellesley Streets for the City Rail Link will affect traffic lanes at these and the Victoria Street intersections.
Some bus routes and stops are being moved to new locations away from these construction works and an information campaign will inform bus users of the changes.
The new bus lanes will be on:
- Fanshawe Street between Daldy and Halsey Streets
- Halsey Street between Fanshawe and Victoria Street West
- Victoria Street West between Graham and Queen Streets
- Wellesley Street West between Sale and Queen Streets
- Mayoral Drive between Cook and Wellesley Streets
- Hobson Street between Wellesley and Victoria Streets
The new bus lanes will be marked using a system called EverGreen which has been developed to align with Zero Waste Policies. It is made of 90% renewable resources and is made in New Zealand.
“The main construction work involves trenching along Albert Street and will start next year. The work is expected to take about 3½ years. Bus changes will be staged around construction during this time,” says Chris Bird, CRL construction manager.
“We’d like Aucklanders who usually access the city centre by car to consider alternatives next year to minimise effects on city congestion”.
Auckland Transport will run a campaign early next year, closer to the main construction work, advising commuters to reduce their car trips into the city and will also hold information sessions on travel choices such as public transport, walking, cycling, carpooling and flexible working hours.