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Work begins on Fanshawe Street

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13 December 2004

Work begins on Fanshawe Street

Initial work on Fanshawe Street is expected to begin in February 2005, following Auckland City’s Transport and Urban Linkages Committee meeting on Friday.

The committee agreed to issue the contract to relocate utilities such as electricity and telecommunications prior to the construction of the widened road contract, to ensure disruption to traffic is kept to a minimum.

Fanshawe Street is being widened to accommodate additional bus lanes and bus stops and ultimately improve bus service from the North Shore. The project will also improve the Beaumont and Halsey street intersections to the benefit of pedestrians, buses and general traffic.

“Fanshawe Street is the gateway to the CBD to and from the North Shore. It’s a key traffic route,” says Councillor Richard Simpson, chairperson of the Transport and Urban Linkages Committee.

“It is top of mind for us that all works to do with the street’s widening are undertaken efficiently, cost-effectively and are co-ordinated. Auckland City is taking a leadership role in making sure this happens.”

The Fanshawe Street improvements are an essential part of the Northern Busway, a new dedicated busway running along the existing northern motorway.

“The widening project aims to improve the reliability of bus service while reducing travel times. These changes to Fanshawe Street will encourage greater use of buses by making them more convenient,” says Mr Simpson.

Transpower will be first to begin work along Fanshawe Street, starting 27 December 2004.

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