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Work to connect the CBD and Newmarket continues

7 March 2005

Work to connect the CBD and Newmarket continues

The Auckland City Council’s plan to connect its CBD to Newmarket with the creation of a busway will continue to detailed design following this morning’s Transport and Urban Linkages Committee.

The busway will reduce journey times and improve the reliability of bus services for an expected 65,000 bus passengers per day and will link the CBD, Auckland University, Auckland City Hospital and medical school with Newmarket.

“The busway is a vital link between the CBD and Auckland’s eastern and southern suburbs,” says Councillor Richard Simpson, chairperson of the Transport and Urban Linkages Committee.

“This corridor signifies the council’s commitment to developing a strong passenger transport network, and links two of the largest retail and business centres, Auckland’s CBD and Newmarket. Passenger transport access to the universities in the city and Auckland City Hospital will also improve.

“Once the Northern Busway is completed, it will also become a viable option for people to travel between Newmarket and the North Shore by bus.

“This transport project will see a marked improvement in moving people efficiently. Bus passengers using the entire route will benefit from a 14 minute reduction in travel at peak time,” says Mr Simpson.

Council officers will continue investigating the impact of the busway route on Grafton Bridge and consulting with Grafton residents as part of the detailed design stage.

“Officers have been working with the Grafton Residents’ Association to address the impact of the busway on Grafton,” says Mr Simpson.

“We will continue to address the residents’ concerns, including air emissions and noise from buses travelling along the route as well as access to Grafton Bridge.

“As part of the project, Grafton Bridge will be strengthened and future-proofed for new technologies, including light rail. The footpath on the bridge is to be improved to increase pedestrian safety.

“The bridge is an Auckland icon with heritage status so it is great it will be preserved and protected for the future,” says Mr Simpson.

Buses will travel between the Britomart Transport Centre to Newmarket via Customs Street, Anzac Avenue, Symonds Street, Grafton Bridge, Park Road and Khyber Pass.

Detailed design will be completed by July 2005. The expected cost of the project is $25.5 million.

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