Bus priority project back on track soon?

Will the Papanui bus priority project be back on track soon? The Main North Road bus priority project aims to improve the travel time for public transport users through the Papanui area. Pedestrians and cyclists also get some benefits, and the Grassmere St intersection will be signalised.

The Council recently announced a delay to the project due to uncertainties over NZTA funding – but Richard Osborne, Acting General Manager City Services told Think Papanui this week that “We have been in discussions with NZTA since late May regarding funding decisions on our transport projects. We have recently heard back from NZTA and they have advised that they are likely to provide funding for the Main North Road Bus Priority project.”

An NZTA spokesperson said that “Once the Transport Agency received the Business Case for the bus and bike lane project from the CCC, it was reinstalled into the system for funding reprioritisation and we hope to have some good news on that by mid-September.”