Lloyd Elsmore Park’s proposed park and ride opens on 19 August with free secure parking for 300 cars for commuters using the shuttle bus service to Panmure Station.
Work on the $1.4 billion Ameti-Eastern Busway is progressing, and Pakuranga Road’s T2 lanes help manage traffic in the area, producing average travel times of 10 minutes.
The lanes have been criticised as insufficient for the busy route, but others have welcomed them, with a Howick Youth Council survey finding 70 per cent support, and 56 per cent among drivers.
Auckland Transport says its traffic management options are designed to minimise disruption and will be closely monitored.
Meanwhile, an incoming Howick Local Board will have a $1.2 million head-start for capital transport projects.
With an election in October, the board can’t commit Transport Capital Fund budget to further projects, so the money is held for the new board.
Local boards use their fund to deliver infrastructure they believe is important but that is not included in AT’s work programme.
Howick has $5.887 million in its fund but $4.605million has been set aside for projects in the design stage or already being built, leaving $1.282million.
The board has managed the fund so it can react to calls on it, with detailed costs for some pedestrian safety projects now being planned still unknown.
Those projects relate to dangers faced by schoolchildren and will be delivered with AT using its Community Safety Fund. The first is pedestrian access to Te Uho o Te Nikau Primary School, and the second Chapel Road improvements at Botany Downs Secondary School.
The board delivered the Half Moon Bay ferry pier and bus turnaround and safety fencing on Pakuranga Road using the fund. Other projects receiving funding include the Howick Village Centre Plan, Cascades Walkway, and a Barry Curtis Park footpath and pedestrian refuge.