AMETI Phase 1
Keeping Auckland moving
Auckland’s south eastern suburbs are home to more than 120,000 people – a population roughly the size of Dunedin. The constrained local road network and limited public transport options also meant the area was also home to some of New Zealand’s worst congestion.
The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) is a 20-year $1.5 billion project to address the shortfalls in transport infrastructure for the south and east of Auckland. We delivered AMETI Phase 1, aimed at reducing congestion at the infamous Panmure roundabout, taking trucks off local roads and increasing rail patronage on the Panmure railway line.
We undertook a major upgrade of the Panmure railway station; replaced the existing Ellerslie Panmure Highway bridge over the railway; constructed a new Ellerslie-Panmure Highway bridge over the railway to cater for a future busway; and replaced the Ireland Road-William Harvey Place railway footbridge.
We also constructed the first significant length of new AMETI roadway: a 1.5km two-lane link road from Morrin Road to Mt Wellington Highway, known as AMETI Glen Innes-Mt Wellington. At its southern end, adjacent to Panmure railway station, this link road was relocated beneath under the Panmure railway station pedestrian concourse and Ellerslie Panmure Highway by means of a 220m-long concrete box tunnel. Carrying 20,000 vehicles per day, including taking 2400 trucks off local roads, the link road reduced congestion at the Panmure roundabout by almost half.
Carrying 20,000 vehicles per day, including taking 2400 trucks off local roads, the link road reduced congestion at the Panmure roundabout by almost half.
The transport improvements produced by AMETI Phase 1 significantly reduced traffic on Mt Wellington and Ellerslie-Panmure Highways, removed freight from local roads and increased rail patronage by almost 60%.