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Feedback Being Sought On Proposed Northwest Bus Improvements

Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
are asking for feedback on a proposal to significantly
improve public transport connections to and from
Auckland’s northwest.

The plan to make bus journeys
quicker, easier and better connected involves upgrading and
extending the existing bus shoulder lanes along the
Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and building interim bus stops
at Westgate and the Lincoln Road and Te Atatū motorway
interchanges.

This would enable a northwestern express
bus service using the motorway which connects with local
feeder services operating to each station. The bus network
will also be reviewed to make better use of the proposed new
bus stops and adjustments are planned at motorway
interchanges to increase priority for buses.

Transport
Minister Phil Twyford says this joint AT and Waka Kotahi
project will allow faster and more frequent bus
services.

“Bus passengers going from Westgate to the
city during the morning peak could save up to 35 minutes on
their journey as a result of these
improvements.

“This project will also create around
300 jobs and support our economic recovery,” says Mr
Twyford.

Mayor Phil Goff says the project will have
economic and social benefits for the northwest and will help
support jobs and population growth.

“The $100
million in government-funded upgrades for public transport
in the northwest will enable a further 170,000 people to get
in and out of the city within 45-55 minutes on the bus,”
he says.

“This will support jobs and population
growth in the area and help to reduce traffic congestion and
vehicle emissions by allowing more people to commute without
driving. Construction of the projects will create jobs and
provide economic stimulus across the
region.”

Funding of $100 million has been provided
to deliver these interim bus

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