After being potentially disappointed yesterday, there was some good news for the Northern Busway. A new station for the busway at Silverdale has now cleared the environment court so can go ahead. Here’s the press release from Auckland Transport
In good news for commuters on the Hibiscus Coast, the long-awaited Busway Station at Silverdale has been given the go-ahead.
The Environment Court has granted resource consent for Stage One of the station and Auckland Transport is looking to open it in the middle of next year.
Hibiscus and Bays Local Board Chair, Julia Parfitt, says “Our local board is ecstatic that at last the Silverdale Park and Ride (Hibiscus Coast Busway Station) has gone through all its planning consent hurdles and the first stage of the development can soon commence. Our members and our wider community look forward to the opening of Stage One next year and hope that construction of Stage Two of the facility will quickly follow”.
Auckland Transport aims to start construction in November and the first stage of the station should be finished by June.
This first stage includes traffic signals near the Silverdale War Memorial Park, a new road to the edge of the site connecting to Small Road, an interim car park for 104 vehicles, lighting for the road and car park, and stormwater disposal and treatment.
Work on the Busway Station has been held up while an appeal went to the Environment Court.
An agreement has been reached after discussions between Auckland Transport, NZTA and Johns Creek Holdings Ltd and its traffic engineers.
While I don’t support P&R in built up areas, I do support it further out on the fringes and think that this station will be great and it should also hopefully take some pressure off Albany. It is also unknown at this stage just how many services will stop there but I would hope that at least every 2nd or 3rd bus would go up there.