Three Options For Rapid Transit Route
Three routes – including one which will use a yet-to-be built bridge over Grafton Gully - are being considered by the Auckland City Council for a bus-based rapid transit corridor.
The Central Transit Corridor (CTC) will link the heavily-populated downtown area and the Britomart Interchange, the University of Auckland and the AUT, Auckland Hospital and Newmarket in a loop designed to provide speedy bus travel.
The council’s Transport Committee last week recommended that the three routes be considered for the corridor. They are:
- Queen St,
Karangahape Rd, Grafton Bridge, Park Rd to Newmarket
- Queen St, Wellesley St, Symonds St, Grafton Bridge, Park Rd to Newmarket, and
- Queen St, Wellesley St, New Grafton Bridge, Grafton Rd, Park Rd to Newmarket
A previous option – a Grafton Gully, Hospital Tunnel, Domain alignment – has been rejected by council officers and the committee as being too costly and having too many impacts on the Domain.
The council is to formally advise the Auckland Regional Council of the routes being considered and strategic land purchases are being investigated.
The chairman of the committee, Councillor Greg McKeown, said the CTC is an important part of the city’s programme to provide a faster, more frequent and reliable bus service for the thousands of people in the corridor’s catchment area.
“We are developing the CTC as a bus-based system today while preserving the corridor with the flexibility for other transport modes in future,” said Councillor McKeown.
The Grafton Gully route will require using a bridge to be built by Transit as part of the State Highway 16 (Grafton Gully) upgrade. The bridge will span Grafton Gully from Wellesley St to Grafton Rd.
Councillor McKeown said he recognised that the development was well underway and it was one the council wanted completed as soon as possible, but he hoped Transit would take a positive view toward helping provide new passenger transport solutions in the CBD.
“The region is investing in developing BRT to and from the North Shore and it’s important that we provide viable routes beyond the CBD to the University, Auckland Hospital and Newmarket”, said Councillor McKeown.