Manukau Interchange; What is Proposed and What Could Be Done in Place #AKLPols

Is the $26 million for this proposed Interchange really worth it?


Yesterday Auckland Transport announced and released the concept designs for public consultation on the Manukau Transport Interchange. You can see the announcement here: Auckland Transport Released Concept Designs For Manukau Interchange #AKLPols

The concept design:

Concept-design-of-manukau-interchange-building. Source:


More designs:

uture-development-for-manukau-city-centre Source: Auckland Transport
Source: Auckland Transport
Manukau Interchange MK4 Source of information: Auckland Transport
Manukau Interchange MK4
Source of information: Auckland Transport


Further Information





From Auckland Transport

Manukau bus station

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The proposed Manukau bus station, next to the train station, will support the new public transport network for south Auckland and serve as a gateway to the south, connecting bus users to trains and other buses.

Project status: Concept design/Consultation
Project zone: South

Image of the concept design of the Manukau Station Building

Project purpose

The Auckland Plan identifies Manukau as a future Metropolitan Area – the gateway to south Auckland.

Auckland Transport (AT) is moving to a simpler, more integrated public transport network that will deliver more frequent, more connected travel. The new network of buses and trains will change the way people travel – including the need for some passengers to transfer from one mode to another at key stations.

Manukau bus station will support the roll-out of the new network by providing an integrated transport hub that connects passengers between bus and train services.

Features and benefits

  • 23-bay bus station (21 saw-tooth bays and 2 parallel bays) right next to the existing Manukau train station.
  • The new station will be built on the site of the Civic Building car park, on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way).
  • Bike parking racks, taxi parking and drop-and-ride area.
  • Waiting lounge.
  • Real time passenger information.
  • 24-hour security, help points and CCTV.
  • Universally accessible.
  • Supporting the increased volume and movement of buses to and from Manukau and the wider network.
  • Designed for use by regional coach services, eg those currently using Leyton Way at Westfield.


2014 – Initial design process.
2015 – Public engagement and developed design.
2016 – Enabling works and construction.
2017 – Completion and opening (August).

Project details

Design features of the station building

  • A high-quality building with an architectural look and feel incorporating local and cultural history.
  • Saw-tooth layout, similar to the Hamilton Transport Centre and Hamburg Central Bus Station in Germany, to provide higher operational efficiency.
  • Roof planes running in north-south direction, designed to provide maximum amount of natural light.
  • Promoting intuitive orientation and way-finding.
  • Designed to enhance the sense of space.
  • Stormwater runoff from the bus bays and bus manoeuvring area will be treated through rain-gardens located within the station area, prior to discharge to the wetlands in Hayman Park.
  • Bus station access will be via Putney Way to provide easy access to the train station.

Proposed design images

Concept design of the new bus station

Concept Design Of the Manukau bus Station Building

Station building looking from the Putney Way/Davies Avenue intersection

Image of Manukau Interchange Building from Putney Way intersection

Convenience kiosks area inside the station building

Manukau Bus Station Kiosks Area

Looking down at the station from the Manukau Civic Building

Manukau Bus Station From Civic Building

Station structure

  • Canopy over Davies Avenue pedestrian crossing will provide continuous protection for pedestrians connecting the Manukau train station and the bus station.
  • Davies Avenue pedestrian crossing may be realigned to provide easy pedestrian access to the bus station from Manukau train station.
  • Bus station building will provide shelter for pedestrians walking along Putney Way (southern side).

See detailed diagrams of the overall station concept and layout of facilities (PDF 126KB)

Developing Putney Way

Putney Way, between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way, will be upgraded on the southern side, as a key connector road between the bus station and Manukau city centre.

Footpaths will be widened to a minimum 4m on the southern side of the street. There will be further widening at various positions to provide space for street furniture and public waiting areas.

Other features:

  • Stormwater management with rain gardens.
  • Better street lighting.
  • Bike parking racks and rubbish bins.

Profile view of the Putney Way streetscape

Image of the Putney Way streetscape

Construction stages

Stage 1: Reconfigure southern carpark

  • Form new access.
  • Reconfigure carpark layout including median strips.
  • Reconfigure pedestrian access from Osterley Way and Davies Avenue.
  • Reconfigure infrastructure including lighting, stormwater, CCTV and payment facilities.

Stage 2: Enabling works

  • Site clearance.
  • Civil utilities works.
  • Bulk-cut and fill earthworks.

Stage 3: Building and operational area construction

  • Construction of building.
  • Construction of bus operational area platform.
  • Construction on Davies Avenue canopy.

Stage 4: Finishing works

  • Form entrance and exit road crossings.
  • Landscaping.
  • Putney Way and Davies Avenue streetscaping.

Get a diagram of the Manukau bus station construction stages (PDF 150KB)

Indicative construction timeline

  • October to November 2015: Public engagement period.
  • November 2015 to January 2016: Developed design.
  • February to April 2016: Enabling works.
  • August 2016: Main construction commences.
  • October 2016: South Auckland New Network implemented; temporary bus stops on Putney Way and Davies Ave.
  • Second half of 2017: Completion and opening.

Integration with south Auckland’s new public transport network

  • 13 of the 15 routes planned for Manukau will terminate at the new station.
  • Trains and buses every 15 minutes from 7am to 7pm, 7 days a week
  • Papakura to Otahuhu via Manukau (along Great South Road).
  • Supported by a network of connector routes every 30 minutes. Routes from Manukau:
    • Onehunga via the airport.
    • Onehunga via Mangere.
    • Otahuhu via Clover Park, Chapel Downs and Otara.
    • Botany.
    • Manurewa via Totara Heights and Auckland Botanic Gardens.
    • Papakura via Homai, Manurewa, Randwick Park and Takanini.
    • Otara.
    • Manurewa via Homai and Clendon.
  • A new peak-only service for the Wiri industrial area and one serving the East Tamaki industrial area connecting with Manukau and Panmure.

Two temporary bus stops will be in place along Davies Avenue to allow the new network to operate smoothly until the bus station is constructed and operational in 2017.

Find out more about the New Network for south Auckland.

Potential future development around the station

Image of the potential future development around Manukau Station

The new Manukau bus station presents a great opportunity for an adjacent mixed residential and commercial development that makes the most of the proximity to major public transport routes.

The added convenience and amenity of being close to public transport will make it easy for people to live and work in the area.

Panuku Development Auckland (Panuku) is working with AT on initial planning of the development around the new bus station. Panuku will work with a private sector partner to deliver the mixed-use development.

There are 2 areas available for commercial and residential use that have the potential to deliver around 50,000m2 of mixed-use space that could potentially include at least 200 apartments.

Panuku is working closely with AT to ensure all elements of development, such as pedestrian and traffic flows, and stormwater run-off are well integrated with the new bus station.

See a map of the future development of Manukau city centre (JPG 236KB)

Wider transport area network

Get a map of the current and future transport projects for the wider Manukau area (PDF 508KB)


Have your say

Public consultation on the design of the Manukau bus station is open from Monday, 2 November 2015 to Friday, 20 November 2015.

We’d like know what facilities you like or want changed or added.

Give your feedback online

If you are visually impaired or have difficulty completing the online feedback form, call us on (09) 366 6400 and our call centre staff can complete the form on your behalf.

Download the complete set of public information boards (PDF 1MB)

For more information on this project

Contact Auckland Transport




Where Did Auckland Transport Go So Wrong


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This is the fourth set of designs Auckland Transport have produced since the MK1 set went to the Auckland Plan Committee (predecessor to the Auckland Development Committee) back in May 2013 (as seen below).

Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design Lodged May 2013
Manukau Bus Interchange MK1 design
Lodged May 2013


Since then we have come to a budget of $26 million and three more attempts before this new MK4 version which Auckland Transport is now going out for public consultation. And as a result of this the new Interchange will not be ready until 2017 one year after the New South Auckland Bus Network goes on stream and when the Interchange was meant to be originally open.

I have being watching this entire saga since May 2013 and have not approved any of the designs Auckland Transport has put forward owing to the inefficient and dangerous Sawtooth design. I am not the only one who is not overly warm to these new set of designs either:




I have always been a fan in the linear/parallel one way design seen at Britomart or New Lynn as it allows for efficient movement of the buses without the worry of a bus backing out of bay collecting either another bus or even a pedestrian crossing through.

Someone referred me to Albany Bus Station which services the upper North Shore buses and the Northern Express bus into the City Centre. Below is the Albany Bus Station with the foot print overlay:

Albany Bus Station
Albany Bus Station


If the Albany Bus Station fully utilised its design you  can get 8-10 metro buses in there quite easily with room on the sides for any short-term layovers that might need to occur.


Let’s take a look at a more compact foot print to work with for Manukau’s Interchange:

Manukau Bus Station footprint
Manukau Bus Station footprint

If I took the bottom to include that right-of-way running across left to right to be included in the foot print (and have the entrance/exit) at each end like Albany then you can get a similar amount of buses as Albany into Manukau with the layover being offsite elsewhere. The inter-city operations can be very easily accommodated either to the side of the Interchange or even on a redesigned and modified Putney Way.


I will have another go at drawing up some designs on what the Manukau Interchange could look like if it was linear rather than the proposed sawtooth designs.


As for the inefficient use from the sawtooth design that does become apparent very quickly compared to a linear design like New Lynn or Britomart. What makes matters worse is Auckland Transport has no desires to build above the Interchange for commercial and residential use as this post picked up on: Manukau Interchange LGOIMA on Inter City Operations Update: Ummm Underwhelming.

Given the location of the Interchange is right in the middle of Manukau City Centre which is zoned Metropolitan Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan or the Super Metropolitan Centre zone under my Unitary Plan proposal the entire area is designed to take the second highest level of intensification behind the main City Centre itself.

Manukau Metro UP map revised
Manukau Metro UP map revised


Thus I am wondering why Auckland Transport is allowed to waste so much valuable Metropolitan Centre land in an inefficient and inherently dangerous designed Interchange that wont even allow residential and commercial building above it.


So what to do?

Well make sure you give your feedback to Auckland Transport (linked above) for starters. If you want to go one step further you can email the Southern Councillors AND/OR the Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse as Hulse is the Chair of the Auckland Development Committee which is the overarching Committee to the Interchange project. Contact details are seen here:

I will get my feedback into to Auckland Transport but am pondering on any moves at the November or December Auckland Development Committee over these MK4 Interchange Designs given everything above.


Remember though get your feedback in to make it count:

Have your say

Public consultation on the design of the Manukau bus station is open from Monday, 2 November 2015 to Friday, 20 November 2015.

We’d like know what facilities you like or want changed or added.

Give your feedback online

If you are visually impaired or have difficulty completing the online feedback form, call us on (09) 366 6400 and our call centre staff can complete the form on your behalf.