Redesigning the Manukau Interchange: Draft Concepts #AKLPols

First draft concepts of alternative Interchange designs


Since Auckland Transport released its concepts of the Manukau Transport Interchange to much disdain over at Transport Blog and here at Talking Auckland I decided to get my sketch gear out and see what I come up with for the consultation period currently under way. For more on Auckland Transport’s Manukau Transport Interchange see: Manukau Interchange; What is Proposed and What Could Be Done in Place #AKLPols.


In redesigning the Manukau Interchange I set out some basic parameters as seen belowL

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 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


Source: Redesigning the Manukau Interchange #AKLPols


First Draft Concepts of the Manukau Transport Interchange

Before rendering the final design in Sketchup I am first going to try some designs on paper. Given I have not got my sketching gear out for a while but I did and set to work on the first set of top down and iso-view concept sets for my alternative.

This is what I have come up with so far before doing some further refining:



Manukau Interchange Iso Draft Render
Manukau Interchange Iso Draft Render
Manukau Interchange Top Draft Render
Manukau Interchange Top Draft Render

As you can see there is quite a few noticeable differences between my design and Auckland Transport’s. Differences include:

  • Linear/Parallel Interchange with buses going in an anti-clockwise direction through the Interchange
  • Capacity for my design is up to 16 metro buses and four inter-city buses. There are also two extra bays at the eastern Putney Way entrance that can be used as overflow or short-term layover (main longer term layover would be offsite entirely)
  • Putney Way at the Interchange site would be a shared space between buses and pedestrians. No cars would be allowed
  • The park on the eastern side that Auckland Transport remains in my designs. Like Auckland Transport’s design the park can be built over for commercial and residential development later on
  • The kiss and ride bays, taxi stands, and loading bays would be located on Davis Avenue and Osterley Way. I will not have them and any car parking on the Putney Way section the Interchange sits on
  • An Annex building (max. 15 metres or around four storeys) would be located on the western side of the Interchange. This annex would house the waiting area for inter-city bus passengers, a ticket and information office, tea room and rest room for bus drivers and ticket office staff, and space for other Auckland Transport back office support (or even the inter city operators) might have. A cafe could even be located on the top floor?
  • The MBTI building remains in my design from the Auckland Transport design but is altered significantly to better utilise space and development potential. While the ground floor would contain the waiting area, information stands, auto-ticket machines, toilet blocks and kiosks the main difference comes in the eastern half of the MBTI (Manukau Bus Transport Interchange) building. Given this Interchange sits on prime Metropolitan Centre zoned land I have future proofed the eastern end of the MBTI to take a 10-18 storey commercial and/or residential tower above it. Got to maximise space especially in a place like Manukau City Centre
  • The main interchange with the “thoroughfare is wide for a reason. It allows the movement of a large amount of buses especially in the peak it also future proofs turning the that part of the interchange into a two-way thoroughfare and installation of more bus stops on the southern side should we ever need it. This would increase capacity to around 24 buses.


Next up I will tinker around fine tuning the draft concepts including locations of the kiss and ride bays, and taxi stands. After that I will then use Sketchup to render the final 3D design before sending it to Auckland Transport as part of their feedback currently under way.


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