The first phase of an ambitious project to improve Auckland's transport system is underway.
Today marked the beginning of construction on the new Ellerslie-Panmure highway bridge as part of the $1.5 billion dollar Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI).
Mayor Len Brown was among representatives of council and other organisations invited to tour the site, which is also where the new Panmure train station is under development.
He said once the first stage of the AMETI project is completed by the end of 2014, those travelling through Panmure will begin to benefit from reduced traffic congestion and greater public transport options.
The old Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge next to Panmure Station was demolished during the Christmas period. Traffic is temporarily using a new bridge built for a future busway.
Other developments planned for the next two years are a new link-road between Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Road and improvements to the Van Damm's Lagoon area.
To find out more about the transport plan, click here.