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Construction is now underway in Panmure on one of Auckland’s biggest transport projects, the long awaited $1.5 billion Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI). The $180 million first phase is part of a longer term plan to deal with traffic congestion and poor transport options in Auckland’s south east. A new road cutting ten minutes off the journey time between Glen Innes and Mt Wellington will open in 2014 as part of the first phase. The AMETI area, which includes Panmure, Mt Wellington, Pakuranga, Howick and Botany, has some of the highest traffic flows, highest proportions of freight traffic and greatest levels of congestion anywhere in the country. The two bridges linking the areas across the Tamaki River carry more than 120,000 vehicles a day (more than State Highway One through Victoria Park) and more freight traffic than any other corridor in the country. Future AMETI projects include an urban Busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga and Botany, a second Panmure Bridge for the Busway, replacing Panmure roundabout with an intersection and a flyover on Reeves Rd to reduce congestion through Pakuranga.

The Mayor marked the start of construction of the Auckland Transport project on the site near Panmure Station this morning (Friday 24 February) with main contractor Fletcher Construction, Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency. The first phase of the project is expected to employ up to 300 people at its peak and have economic spin offs, with much of Fletcher’s $100m construction contract spent with local industries. “AMETI is the next big transport initiative we are launching to stop the gridlock and unleash the potential of all of Auckland,” says Len Brown. “When completed it will halve the travel time for bus commuters between Botany and downtown. People in this part of town have been waiting for this for a long time. “Aucklanders know how important initiatives like AMETI and the City Rail Link are. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be seeking feedback on the most appropriate way to fund them long term.”

Continuing until 2014, it is Auckland Transport’s largest construction project and includes:

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A new bridge built on Ellerslie Panmure Highway for a future busway and the existing bridge replaced. The process for managing traffic while the bridges are built will follow the successful model followed at Newmarket Viaduct, with traffic moved to new bridges as they are built. The bridges will be higher and longer to allow for rail electrification, a new road and a possible future third rail line to pass underneath.

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A 1.5km new road linking Morrin Rd to Mt Wellington Highway and a 220m tunnel for the new road built next to the rail line at Panmure Station. This will be created by building a box with a new road on top for buses and taxis to stop at the station.

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A major upgrade of Panmure Station to create an interchange that allows easy transfers between trains and buses.

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Replacing the Mountain Rd bridge and realigning the road, currently being carried out by Downer.

Completing this phase of construction will reduce traffic so work can begin on a new intersection to replace Panmure roundabout and an urban Busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga and Botany. The AMETI Busway is expected to have 5.5 million passengers a year, compared to the current 2.2 million using the Northern Busway. Auckland Transport Major Projects Manager Rick Walden says the construction shows major improvements to transport problems are on their way for eastern suburbs residents and businesses. “For example, the new road will take 20,000 vehicles, including 2400 trucks, off the route through Jellicoe Rd, Panmure roundabout and Ellerslie Panmure Highway.

It means travelling in peak between Mt Wellington Highway and Glen Innes will be 10 minutes quicker, a much better connection for freight and business traffic. “People can expect to see major construction work focused in the Panmure Station area during the next two years.” “This is a really important project for Fletcher and we are delighted to continue delivering major transport improvements for Aucklanders” says Fletcher Building Construction Group Chief Executive, Graham Darlow. NZTA’s Regional Director, Stephen Town, says the commencement of major works in the eastern suburbs of Auckland is long overdue and the Agency is delighted to be co-investing in this critical transport corridor. The Auckland Council and the NZ Transport Agency are the major funders of AMETI.

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SOUTH EASTERN BUSWAY ....


A flythrough showing in more detail bus stops and intersections of the planned busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre and Botany town centre.



A flythrough of the planned busway from Panmure Station to Pakuranga town centre and Botany town centre.

 

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The new AMETI link road will provide much better access into the Stonefields development and if they push further, re open Tamkai Train station and connect the roads to Stonefields and the netball courts as well, then this will provide multi public transport options into the CBD from this area.

With the CRT now being approved, then we could have an inner train loop and an outer train loop, this could be the 'Big Bang' expansion of the train network.

Exciting times ahead, couple of stages left for the rail network, rail link to the airport and one over the bridge
 

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IMO Tamaki station is way too close to both Panmure and Glen Innes stations and would only serve to slow down the trains. We have to have a balance between the overall speed of the journey and the number of stations. No good putting stations everywhere when it will make people take their cars cause the train takes too long.

And through running trains in the cbd loop from east to west is definitely the best option, rather than running them around the entire loop and then back. It means the trains are not just for the city bound people but for a much larger group of people, those living in panmure and working in Kingsland, or living in New Lynn and going to meet your friends in Parnell, etc.
 

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I did a quick search and it seems plenty agree with you on Tamaki, but some advocated dropping GI.
 

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Tamale station will not be reopened due to the points you have outlined above, in any case it's gone now and the tracks have been straightened through the area so any station would be both expensive and unnecessary.
 

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I dont even remember Tamaki station :nuts: Cant have been a very useful station, stuck in the middle of no-mans-land

 

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Tamale station will not be reopened due to the points you have outlined above, in any case it's gone now and the tracks have been straightened through the area so any station would be both expensive and unnecessary.
The local board are still pushing for it along with a TOD on the industrial land around it. There has been space left from the AMETI road to allow for side platforms if needed.

Personally I think it is too close to GI and Panmure but often logic doesn't come into it when politics are involved.
 

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Hmmm, a reinstated station at Tamaki could help open up access to the new Stonefields area
Panmure and Glen Innes are within a couple of hundred metres of where this Tamaki station would be, that's ridculously close. Better cycling, walking and bus options to either of those stations would open up Stonefields equally well.
 

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I agree that Panmure and Glen Innes are within a short distance of each other. However, these two stations dont have great access to the new Stonefields area and its not uncommon in major cities to have a couple of stations close to each other.

Panmure will be a major Interchange Station, where the train service should connect with the Bus Services. This could provide express/direct services to CBD etc

Re Instated Tamaki Station would have greater foot traffic from both Stonefields and the housing around Hobson Drive. This could become a commuter station where the trains here stop at every station.

This would encourage train use in both directions, ie to Sylvia Park and CBD

Also, if College Road was connected to Tamaki Station and then through to Hobson Drive, this would connect these two areas together.

Cycling or Walking from Stonefields area to Panmure is not ideal, neither is Glenn Innes. If Mountain Road was connected to Stonefields, then this would assist with access to Panmure Train Station, however, it is not
 
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http://www.aucklandtransport.govt.n...dTravel/Pages/AMETI_Panmure_Landing_Page.aspx



Excavation for new road tunnel

Excavation of 44,000m3 or 5000 truckloads of hard basalt rock for the new road tunnel and approaches to it is almost complete.

Work is underway on the foundations and walls for the next stage to create the 220m concrete covered box that the new road will run through.

The west tunnel retaining wall, which has an art design embedded in it, is progressing well. Backfilling behind it will soon begin. Most of the footing for creating the east tunnel wall is almost ready for the wall construction to begin.

A new two lane road, between Mt Wellington Highway near Van Damm’s Lagoon and Merton Rd, will go through the tunnel in the station area.

Mountain Rd bridge opens to vehicles on 30 July

From 30 July, the newly-built Mountain Road Bridge will be open to vehicles as well as pedestrians. This will be the first part of the AMETI Panmure project to be complete.

The bridge and approach roads are currently being sealed in preparation for the opening. Work is continuing on realigning Mountain Rd to the intersection of Jellicoe and Pleasant View roads and is scheduled to be complete by the end of August or early September.

Late last year the previous Mountain Road Bridge was demolished to construct a new bridge. The new bridge is higher and longer to accommodate the electrification of the rail network and a new road underneath.

It also has major improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also improve access between the West and East Park’n’Rides on either side of the Panmure train station.

There will be speed restrictions along this section of Mountain Rd because construction is still underway in the area.

New station pedestrian plaza opens

A new pedestrian plaza making it easier to get between both platforms at Panmure Station is now open. Part of the major station upgrade, it is initially only accessed by stairs, with future work including the installation of lifts.
 
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Road tunnel excavation complete

17 August 2012

The 2500th truckload of rock has been removed for the new road tunnel being built next to Panmure Station. Excavations for the tunnel are now complete, with earth now being removed north of Mountain Rd for the ramp into it. The western wall of the tunnel is almost complete with the last wall panel scheduled to be poured by the end of August. The first of 60 beams used to support the roof of the tunnel have now arrived. These will be stored on site and will start being put up later this year. Precast columns supporting the eastern wall dividing the train station from the road tunnel will be complete by end of September. The eastern wall sections are also arriving as pre-cast units and have started to be installed. The new north-south road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd will go through the tunnel.

Mountain Rd works update

17 August 2012


The new road alignment between the bridge and Jellicoe Road is now backfilled to subbase level and all subsoil and storm water drainage is installed. All twelve tree pits are now complete and currently we are preparing the new Mountain Road extension for upcoming kerb and channel which will be poured next month. As a safety feature for cyclists and pedestrians, glass barriers 750mm high have now been installed on top of the concrete barriers along the northern side of the new Mountain Road bridge. Works are ongoing on the plaza section of the new Mountain Road bridge. Construction continues on the plaza’s wall, footings and installation of stormwater drainage.

Busway bridge piles complete

17 August 2012

Piling for the busway bridge is now complete, with twenty four piles drilled 55m deep to reach solid rock. Work is now underway on pile capping beams that will support the main beams for the bridge. The first of these is due to be placed on 2 September. Beams will be placed on the west side (spanning the new road) first, with beams on the east side (spanning the rail) about a month later. The bridge will be used for the future busway, however from mid-December traffic will be moved on to it. This will allow demolition of the existing bridge so it can be replaced with a higher and longer bridge next year.

Panmure Station work

17 August 2012

The first piles for the new Panmure Station building have now been drilled and are scheduled to be complete on the eastern side by the end of August. The piling rig will then relocate to the western side in early September to complete the last of the piles. Columns will then be constructed on the underground piles to support the station concourse and building over the train tracks. Work continues on the pedestrian plaza with pedestrian access limited to a section of the plaza. The permanent stairs that run down from the north side of the plaza will be installed over the next few months, allowing the temporary scaffold stairs to be removed.
 
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