8 May 2014 - As part of Auckland Transport’s strategic plan, a new “connected” bus network is about to be rolled out in Auckland.
In this new model less duplication and wasted resource in the bus operating pattern is achieved by having more interchanges and connections to rail services.
Aurecon has been appointed to complete the detailed design and construction oversight of the Otahuhu Bus/Rail Interchange, the first of many new interchanges to be implemented across Auckland.
Aly Gleeson, Project Leader, says “Being the first interchange of its kind for Auckland, it will set the standard. What we design will need to be of a high quality, exceed customer expectations and be cost effective. In appointing Aurecon, Auckland Transport sought a reliable team that understands public transport and takes a customer focused and innovative approach.”
The project is for the detailed design and construction oversight for a new bus interchange connected to the existing train station at Otahuhu. This includes a bus interchange, an elevated and enclosed concourse connecting the station to the interchange, as well as bus layover, drop off, taxi and cycle facilities. The project will also include an upgrade of facilities on the rail station platform.
Aurecon peer reviewed the scheme developed in the previous phase in late 2012. Building upon this through a value engineering /challenge process Aurecon have in a very short time developed an alternative concept to effectively deliver upon Auckland Transport’s objectives for the interchange.
Aly continues “Our approach was based on demonstrating a detailed understanding of the needs of customers and taking a people focused approach to the layout and design of the interchange. We developed an alternative that provided more bus stops, more drop off and cycle parking, vastly improved pedestrian access and a shorter elevated concourse. Our alternative also uses up less land providing the potential for value in the land to be realised for development.
We backed this up with a transport planning led approach to guide the engineering to a people-focused outcome. Interchanges are, after all, about people.”
Aurecon also aligned with Jasmax Architects for this project to provide a strong track record in the design of stations and interchanges.
Ian Sloane, Transport Services Leader - Auckland/Wellington, says of this strategic win “Our engineering team developed a methodology that minimised wasted work and allowed a progression to detailed design faster. This allows for our client, Auckland Transport, to deliver the project by June 2015 as planned. Our specialist public transport expertise and willingness to provide customer focused innovation were exactly what our client was looking for.”
Nick Seymour – Auckland Transport’s Public Transport Project Director says “The success of this project will do more than provide for an efficient and effective integrated bus/rail interchange. It will contribute to the transformation of Otahuhu.”
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