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Left:Covered walkways lead up from the rail platform to the road and busways. Lower left and below right:In time, the concrete wall beside the platform will be covered in greenery trained over a wire grid. The greenery, which is under cover, will be watered via an irrigation system that diverts rainwater to the garden. In addition to the interchange, new busway lanes are being created, along Lagoon Drive and Pakuranga Road to link to a new bus station at the Pakuranga town centre. Stage One of the AMETI project also comprises a new road linking Mt Wellington Highway and Morrin Road, improvements to Van Damme’s Lagoon, the construction of a busway bridge and two bridge replacements. AMETI director Peter King says Auckland’s population in the east is expected to grow by 20,000 to 25,000 during the next 25 years, further increasing pressure on the transport system. “Congestion is a serious problem for the suburbs in East Auckland,” King says. “It is estimated that the two bridges that cross the Tamaki River carry a similar number of vehicles each day to that of State Highway One through Victoria Park in Central Auckland. They also have more freight traffic than any other corridor in the country. The AMETI projects are designed to ease congestion and make public transport more accessible. “The Panmure interchange makes commuting Project:Panmure Interchange, Auckland Architect and structural engineer:Opus NZ Project manager:Fletcher Construction Construction company:NZ Strong Construction Traffic flow consultant:Action Traffic Control Precast concrete:Concretec New Zealand; Wilson Precast Glazing:Glass Projects Stainless steel:Ashworth & Taylor a more seamless experience, with walking time between buses and trains taking less than a minute. This benefits people living and working in the area, as well as those who travel through Panmure as part of their daily commute.” Future developments will include a bus interchange and route improvements for Sylvia Park, an extension of the busway to Botany along the centre of Ti Rakau Drive, East-West link improvements, and an extension of a new AMETI road to Merton Road. King says that right from the outset, AMETI has ensured the local community and iwi have plenty of opportunity to contribute to the plans. More than 19,000 people viewed information boards at the various town centres. “Consultation with iwi is focused on lessening the effects of works on cultural values, how stormwater will be managed, and archaeological investigation.” save | share Search 44066 at Stone paving:SCE Stone & Design Asphalt paving:Higgins Security systems:Armitage Group Planting:Groundcover NZ Story by Colleen Hawkes Photography by Vaughan Scott SEARCH | SAVE | SHARE AT 125