Reeves road flyover confirmation welcomed

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Confirmation by the Minister of Transport today that the Reeves Road Flyover is a priority project for Auckland has been welcomed by the MP for Botany, Jami-Lee Ross.

The project was once controversially scrapped by Auckland Transport without community consultation, only to be revived after community outrage.

The Reeves Road Flyover received a boost in support when it was confirmed as a priority project in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project’s final report.

“Reeves Road Flyover is an important piece of the puzzle that we need to free up congestion between Botany and Panmure for the long term,” says Mr Ross.

“Cars travelling along Ti Rakau Drive from Botany, or along Pakuranga Road, have long been subject to intersection bottlenecks where Reeves Road meets Ti Rakau Drive.

“Today’s report confirms the view Maurice Williamson and I have always held that grade separation through a flyover is important to relieve congestion.”

The ATAP Report, released today by the Minister of Transport, Simon Bridges, is the conclusion of a joint project between the Government and Council to agree an approach for developing Auckland’s transport system over the next 30 years.

The report notes that “Reeves Road Flyover will improve road travel times and reliability around currently congested Pakuranga Town Centre”. It forms part of the wider AMETI Panmure to Botany work which will see a dedicated busway put in place and intersection upgrades to improve vehicle movements.

Reeves Road Flyover will see traffic moving onto the South Eastern Arterial travelling above traffic flowing from Botany to Pakuranga. It will also take SEART bound traffic away from the planned Ti Rakau Drive Busway allowing buses to move freely through the Reeves Road intersection.

“I welcome the Minister of Transport’s confirmation that the Reeves Road Flyover is a priority for Auckland. As local MPs we have been banging on his door for many months. It’s good to see him listening to local concerns and putting forward support for this work.

“Our community has been waiting for too long for upgrades along Ti Rakau Drive. We have had constant battles with Auckland Transport in the past, but ATAP has helped to sit all the parties around a table to agree on a way forward.

“Simon Bridges has been open to working with us as MPs to find solutions to local roading projects. We need to keep the pressure on, but today’s news is very welcome.”