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Transport project set to transform Auckland suburb

Published: 6:54PM Monday September 24, 2012 Source: ONE News

Auckland Mayor Len Brown is promising one of the city's most expensive roading projects will bring jobs and economic growth to the eastern part of the city.

A new tunnel, flyover and a revamped train station is set to transform sleepy Panmure into one of Auckland's major transport hubs.

The new hub is part of the $100 million first phase of AMETI, Auckland's biggest transport project after the Waterview Connection.

The east Auckland suburb is now on track to be a key link in a transport chain carrying more than five million passengers a year.

"The Panmure Station upgrade is just the latest example of the work we are doing to unclog Auckland's roads and unleash the potential of all of Auckland," says the Mayor.
"With 5.2 million passengers a year, the AMETI South Eastern Busway is a key part of driving major increases in public transport use".

The planned changes are set to cost ratepayers $1.3 billion but the council insists the investment will create jobs and productivity.

However, some Panmure residents are not convinced the changes will have economic benefits for the area.

Pakuranga resident Judy Hickman is facing having to lose her home.

"I'm a bit sad because it's not that old and a nice little place to live you know."  

Her home is one of 100 properties that will be demolished to make way for a new bus lane in the project's next phase in 2015.

"I just hope it works because I'd hate to see all these people relocated for nothing."

The proposed plan includes a new north-south road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Rd, a 220m tunnel, cycle paths, new footpaths and three new bridges.
Construction of the first stage of the busway from Panmure to Pakuranga is scheduled to start in 2015 or 2016.