A $100 million contract has been signed for Stage One of a project to transform the AMETI Eastern Busway between Panmure and Pakuranga. Along with the new Panmure rail station it will allow commuters to travel from Botany to Britomart in less than 40 minutes, cutting travel time by more than a third, AT said in a statement.
Frequency have been engaged since 2017 to develop and maintain programme control systems for the project including the overall programme and providing project reporting to the Project Control Group (PCG). This included cost, risk, programme and reporting dashboards for PCG and the wider team. Additionally, Frequency have provided specialist procurement and commercial advice during the transactional phase of this first stage of the construction programme.
“It’s fantastic to be part of a project that will make such a big difference to Aucklanders and improve public transport for generations to come” says Tim Palin, Partner.
Stage one of the $1.4 billion project will consist of several major pieces of infrastructure, including the completion of the busway between Panmure and Botany, stations at Pakuranga and Botany, the Reeves Road flyover at Pakuranga Town Centre and better space for people walking or cycling. Parts of Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road will also be widened to create a dedicated, congestion-free busway, and the Panmure Roundabout will also be turned into a safer signalled intersection.
New paths for walking and cycling, improved public spaces and reserves and a second bridge across Tamaki River will also be constructed, while several intersections will be improved.
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said, “For too long we have under-invested in public transport for east Auckland. As the area has grown, the roads have become more congested without suitable alternative transport options”.
“The $1.4 billion being invested in the Eastern Busway from Panmure to Botany helps rectify this. It will be transformational for the area.”
The AMETI Eastern Busway is expected to generate around $680 million in additional GDP over the next 40 years. It will be the second largest transport infrastructure project after the City Rail Link with around $700 million of the project’s cost coming from the Regional Fuel Tax. Frequency has also been providing project advisory and programme controls services to City Rail Link since its inception.
Construct of the busway will begin in April 2019 and will take two years to be built.
For a video on the project and what it will involve visit https://youtu.be/IVUnB7gDD6I