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Takapuna Moving Forward

Takapuna Moving Forward
June 17, 2004

North Shore City Council is a step closer towards improving transport access to Takapuna, with studies progressing on the Takapuna bus interchange and Wairau/Taharoto corridor.

"This is the future of transport in and out of Takapuna," North Shore City's works and environment committee chairperson, Joel Cayford, says.

"We need to look at these two projects together, and explore all the options for better movement of buses, cars, pedestrians and cyclists."

Options for the two projects are not yet finalised, and will come before the works and environment committee in July before being approved for the next round of public consultation.

The Wairau/Taharoto corridor, particularly the intersection of Shakespeare Rd, is one of the busiest areas of road in the city, while Takapuna is one of the city's most important bus interchanges.

"These projects are crucial elements in the operation of the future Northern Busway, allowing fast, regular bus services in and out of Takapuna, and good facilities for bus users," Councillor Cayford says.

"Already, commuters are experiencing high quality express bus services which connect Takapuna CBD with Auckland CBD. We need to extend that quality of service to other North Shore City destinations."

The Wairau/Taharoto upgrade will ensure there is adequate access to the planned Westlake Bus Station, due for completion in 2007 between Smales Farm Office Technology Park and Westlake Girls' High School.

Joel Cayford says high priority will be given to extending Shakespeare Rd and building Westlake bus station so buses can get direct access to the Busway.

The main issues in the corridor, already identified by residents, businesses, schools and other stakeholders, are traffic congestion, improving public transport, and road safety - especially for cyclists and pedestrians.

Traffic volumes are expected to increase with future growth of schools in the area and the Smales Farm Office Technology Park.

Alternatives being considered for the Wairau/Taharoto corridor include transit lanes, bus-only lanes, cycle lanes, road widening, landscaping and improvements to intersections. All options will aim to reduce traffic congestion and encourage greater use of public transport, cycling and walking.

"This project is not just about transport, it is also about ensuring high quality streets for people who live, work and go to school in the area," he says.

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