Bridge now open

Central Leader - - NEWS -

The new Eller­sliePan­mure High­way bridge is open ahead of sched­ule.

While it was be­ing built traf­fic was redi­rected onto an ad­ja­cent bridge that will be­come a busway.

The bridge is a key part of the Auck­land Manukau Eastern Trans­port Ini­tia­tive (AMETI).

The open­ing was marked by an event at­tended by Trans­port Min­is­ter Gerry Brown­lee, Auck­land Trans­port chair­man Lester Levy and Mayor Len Brown.

‘‘It’s great to see a big pro­ject com­pleted three months ahead of sched­ule. AMETI is an im­por­tant con­nec­tion point,’’ Mr Brown says.

‘‘It is crit­i­cal for us to be timely in the de­vel­op­ment of th­ese projects.’’

East Ta­maki is ex­pected to see con­sid­er­able growth so good pub­lic trans­port plan­ning is key, he says. Dr Levy agrees. ‘‘Auck­land is go­ing to un­dergo an amaz­ing trans­for­ma­tion.’’

But this is not al­ways go­ing to be an easy tran­si­tion, he says.

‘‘As we un­der­take all the ele­ments that are nec­es­sary to trans­form trans­port in Auck­land there is dis­rup­tion, change and al­ter­ation,’’ Dr Levi says.

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