Southern Airport Line Advancing. Envisaged Completion by 2020

Business Case advances, project waiting for construction

 

Good news – well sort of!

 

According to the Auckland Transport Board Agenda Paper for June (and linked up by Greater Auckland: Jun-17 AT Board Meeting) it looks like the business case for increased bus services to and from the Airport has advanced.

 

From Greater Auckland:

Accessing the Airport – We recently heard about works the Airport company were going to be doing to improve transport in the area, AT now say this:

AT, NZTA and the Airport Company have jointly completed a programme business case for improving access to the airport. The business case anticipates doubling the frequency of the existing 380 bus route to the airport by the end of the year with more bus routes servicing the airport by 2020. These additional bus routes would be through added or extended bus services to the airport from New Lynn, Sylvia Park and Botany with an upgrade of the Puhunui rail station to a full bus/rail interchange also envisaged by 2020. AT is also progressing business cases for the route protection of the Airport to City and Airport to Botany mass transit corridors.

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Source: Jun-17 AT Board Meeting

 

By bullet point:

  • 380 Airporter Bus (Manukau and Onehunga to the Airport) to be increased from 30 minute frequencies to 15 minutes by year’s end
  • New routes from Botany, Sylvia Park and New Lynn Metropolitan Centres. Interesting with Sylvia Park given it is serviced by the Eastern Line that stops at both Papatoetoe (the 380) and Puhinui (where the new Botany to Airport route would be).
  • Puhinui Station to become a full interchange something I picked up on here: Puhinui Station in Need of Four Platforms

 

A look at the Botany to Airport route via Manukau and Puhinui (the red):

 

AT’s proposals for the Botany Line to the Airport
Source: Auckland Transport

 

So the business case is all done and all that is left is Government commitment to get the ball rolling. Given the recent saga on the Third Main (more on that later) the 2020 completion date is not exactly going to be reached.

 

Still that aside 2020 we should have the first stage of the Southern Airport Line plus some extra routes in from Sylvia Park and New Lynn Metropolitan Centres.

 

Things are getting exciting

 

The second truck can be seen on its side, and people can be seen out of their cars wheeling suitcases towards Auckland Airport. Photo: RNZ / Jeremy Brick
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/320905/truck-crashes-delay-traffic-to-auckland-airport

 

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