Work is starting shortly to remove 61 properties as part of the AMETI Eastern Busway route. The properties are all owned by Auckland Council and are along the Panmure to Pakuranga stage of AMETI.
The removal of properties on the northern side of Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road will finish by early 2019 to enable the main construction phase to start in March or April 2019.
Mayor Phil Goff says, "AMETI will bring high-frequency public transport to east Auckland along with significantly improved facilities for motorists and safer, faster connections for bike riders and walkers. It will unlock housing development opportunities and boosting the local economy."
The construction phase will take approximately two years. Parts of Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road will be widened to create a dedicated, congestion-free busway, similar to the Northern Busway. Panmure Roundabout will be turned into a safer signalised intersection; there will be new cycle and walking paths, improved public spaces and reserves, a second bridge across Tāmaki River and several intersection upgrades.
When the $1.4 billion busway is fully operational, passengers will be able to travel between Botany and Britomart, by bus and train, in less than 40 minutes.
Fencing has been installed around the first properties to be removed at the corner of Pakuranga Road and Ti Rakau Drive and security and safety measures have been put in place to secure the other properties while the demolition work progresses.
The removal of properties may generate some noise and dust and allowances have been made with the contractor to minimise this as much as possible.