Redesigning the Manukau Interchange #AKLPols

An Alternative to Auckland Transport’s MK4 Bus Interchange at Manukau City Centre


Yesterday Auckland Transport released the much waited concept designs to the very much delayed Manukau Interchange. You can see the designs and subsequent commentary from this morning here: Manukau Interchange; What is Proposed and What Could Be Done in Place #AKLPols


As in previous commentary I have never been a fan of the inefficient and inherently unsafe sawtooth designs for bus interchanges serving metro buses. The parallel/linear scheme for buses as seen in Albany, New Lynn and Britomart would be better suited when dealing with a large amount of metro buses as Manukau would (given Manukau is the heart of Southern Auckland).


So I have dusted off my old Sketchup work of southern Manukau City Centre and begun working again on an alternative set of Manukau Interchange designs.


This is what I have so far before I start adding the bus interchange annex:

Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5 to east
Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5 to east
Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5 to west
Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5 to west
Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5
Manukau Interchange BR Version MK5

The capacity of this interchange is:

  • Up to 16 metro buses (your normal bus)
  • Up to 4 inter city buses at the MIT end (where you see the red buses above)
  • up to 5 taxis and 5 kiss and ride drop off bays on Davis Avenue rather than on Putney Way as Auckland Transport suggests for their design

Auckland Transport’s design caters for 21 buses in the Sawtooth bays 4 parallel bus bays for the inter city buses at the southern end.


Now while designing this alternative I have set a basic parameter that I must keep it within the footprint I drew up last night and as seen below:

Manukau Bus Station footprint
Manukau Bus Station footprint


Now for the most part I have with Putney way becoming a bus only one way street between Osterley Way to the right and Davis Avenue to the left while a bus only thoroughfare going the other direction (basically I have formed an anti clockwise motion with the buses) is located where that road spine is currently running up the the middle of the Lot 59 car park. Basically I have utilised less space for more efficient movements of up to 16 buses compared to the the Auckland Transport’s design below for 25 buses:

Manukau Interchange MK4 Source of information: Auckland Transport
Manukau Interchange MK4
Source of information: Auckland Transport


This more compact but more efficient bus interchange allows me (well Panuku Development Auckland) more space (seen in the large white space between the proposed alternative Interchange and Manukau Station Road) for residential, commercial and civic development right in the core of Manukau City Centre than the Auckland Transport proposal would. As I said this morning:

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


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


The next step is to get the Interchange annex done up then submit this to Auckland Transport who are asking for feedback on their concept designs:

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.

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