Auckland Transport are reminding people that from this Sunday the changes to bus routes in the city centre takes place. That means changes to both bus stops and also the start of the new bus lanes that AT have been installing in recent weeks.
Maps of the new bus routes are below:
There are big changes coming to the central city from this Sunday 18 October with more bus lanes and some bus stops moving.
Auckland Transport has added 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).
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.
The new bus lanes are 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.
General Manager AT Metro Mark Lambert says the bus lanes separate buses from other traffic, enabling them to bypass traffic congestion so they have shorter journey times and can keep to their timetables. “This encourages more people to use buses, which in turn, means fewer cars on the road.”
The new bus lanes operate 24 hours a day and motorists who are turning left can only enter a bus lane 50 metres before the intersection.
There also changes to bus stops in Queen Street, Quay Street, Lower Albert Street, Albert Street, Victoria Street, Mayoral Street, Vincent Street, Fanshawe Street, Sturdee Street.
The InnerLink will no longer travel along Albert Street. It will use Queen Street instead.
AT has ambassadors out and about in the city to help people. Affected bus stops have posters with information detailing the changes to that particular stop.
As I’ve said before I think these changes are going to cause a lot of disruption and frustrated people – both public transport passengers and those that drive. This is will likely be the loudest over the coming weeks and be heightened by it appearing that not that much is going on as most of the works initially won’t be that visible. It’s not till around May next year that the actual physical work starts to build the tunnels.
It will be interesting to see how Auckland Transport responds to the public over it all.