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Have your say on proposed changes to city centre bus services

News story
Thursday 28 Nov 2019

Auckland Transport (AT) is proposing city centre road changes for new 24/7 bus lanes and other bus priority measures, and changes to bus stops, to accommodate City Rail Link (CRL) works recommencing in early 2020. 

From 1 March 2020, the CRL project will close the intersection of Wellesley Street, Albert Street and Mayoral Drive for at least nine months. As works progress, the Victoria Street/Albert Street intersection will then close for at least 12 months from early 2021. Works on the Karangahape Station will also start in January 2020. From this date there will be lane closures on Pitt Street between Poynton Terrace and Karangahape Road for up to three years.

Wellesley Street is a major bus corridor. Given the scale of works underway in the city centre, and the volume of buses to be re-routed and general traffic to be re-directed away from Wellesley Street, bus priority measures are essential to keep the city moving for the thousands of passengers travelling into and out of the city centre daily. 

AT bus services that use Wellesley Street and the section of Mayoral Drive between Cook Street and Wellesley Street will be re-routed from late February 2020, ahead of the road closures.

Proposed bus priority measures for the city centre

A number of new 24/7 bus lanes need to be in place and other road corridor changes are also required to give buses priority ahead of the Wellesley Street closure. The city centre roads in scope for this proposal are Cook Street, Mayoral Drive, Wellesley Street West, Queen Street, Victoria Street West, Hobson Street, and Pitt Street.

In addition, to those bus priority measures two new bus stops are proposed to cater for some of the re-directed bus routes.  This consultation is being done in tandem with the wider consultation but is more targeted to key stakeholders and directly affected properties to ensure clarity. 

Details of all the proposed changes can be found on AT's project webpage.

Have your say

AT is seeking feedback on these proposed changes now. In particular they want to know of:

  • any land development proposals or issues that may affect the proposed bus priority measures.
  • any site-specific safety issues you think would affect the proposed bus priority measures.

Consultation is open now until 5.00pm, 17 December, 2019. Please send your feedback to projects@at.govt.nz

If you have any concerns or wish to share your views with us please contact: tania@hotcity.co.nz