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Major investment to bring first stage of rapid transit to airport

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A new $60M rail and bus interchange will be built in south Auckland and will be opened in early 2021.

The Puhinui Station Interchange will connect rail and buses to Auckland Airport and Manukau.

The announcement has been made by Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff and Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford.

The Transport Agency is contributing co-investment funding for the project, with the remainder coming from Auckland Council and the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT).

Mr Goff says this project creates a new southern gateway to the city and the station will be a landmark building.

"This project allows for congestion-free travel to the airport and its employment precinct for people across Auckland. It will be welcomed by workers and visitors to the city.

"The impressive new station will mark out the south-western gateway to the city.

"It provides a modern, safe and weather protected environment to allow people easily and conveniently to transition between road and rail services.

"Together with the new interchanges we have recently opened at Otahuhu, Panmure and Manukau, this new station helps create a 21st century public transport system for our city achieving convenient, regular and quick travel around the city.

"The project will be completed within 18 months of construction and is planned to be open before the APEC leaders meeting in 2021," Mr Goff says.

The contract to deliver Puhinui Station has been awarded to McConnell Dowell - Built Environs.

Auckland Transport Chief Executive Shane Ellison says construction will start later this year.

"It’s fantastic to have McConnell Dowell - Built Environs involved early so we can focus on delivering the upgraded Puhinui Station Interchange.

"By early 2021 we’ll have a modern, new interchange at Puhinui, with direct and frequent connections to the airport with buses running every 10 minutes along priority lanes."

Ōtara-Papatoetoe Chair Lotu Fuli welcomes the news. "It’s great to have public transport investment in south Auckland, which is a real growth area.

"The Puhinui Station Interchange will make a considerable difference to the local community, as well as making public transport more appealing. Connections to Manukau from the airport will also be better, with bus priority lanes cutting through traffic to allow for consistent travel times."

The Puhinui Station Interchange is being delivered in two stages, the first stage is an early deliverable of the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project. This project is led by Auckland Transport, and forms part of the wider Southwest Gateway programme.

The Southwest Gateway programme involves the Transport Agency, Auckland Transport and Auckland Airport working together to deliver transport projects that will improve access to the airport and its surrounding area to benefit workers, travellers, tourists and freight movements.

Read more information, updates, and timelines on the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project -  https://at.govt.nz/AtoB

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