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9 June 2020
Nicholas Lee [FYI request #12773 email]
Kia ora Nicholas
The information you requested - CAS
Thank you for your request for information dated 12 May 2020 on the Airport to Botany Rapid
The preferred mode for the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit corridor is bus rapid transit (BRT). BRT
has been selected for this corridor as it provides the best match of capacity to forecast demand on
the corridor and is conducive to staged delivery of the rapid transit facility.
While the preferred mode is BRT, Airport to Botany will offer a light-rail-like service in line with its
status as part of the Rapid Transit Network. Stations and vehicles will be designed to offer level
boarding via all doors, off-vehicle ticketing and fare collection and high-quality station environments
providing interchange to other public transport services. The design of the corridor will be future-
proofed to allow for upgrade to Light Rail if future demand exceeds current forecasts.
The ultimate Airport to Botany Rapid Transit concept includes separated walking and cycling facilities
along the ful length of the route. Additional walking and cycling improvements around stations are
being investigated to enable people to access the rapid transit corridor safely.
The Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project is currently in the business case phase. It is expected that
the rapid transit corridor will impact some private properties along the length of the corridor due to
the width required to provide the rapid transit corridor and separated walking and cycling facilities.
This wil be further investigated, and route protection progressed, in the next phase of the project.
More information on Airport to Botany Rapid Transit can be found in the attached information
boards, or on the Airport to Botany Rapid Transit project webpage https://at.govt.nz/projects-
We trust this has answered your query. However, should you believe that we have not responded
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Chris Morgan Group Manager – Strategic Projects
1. Southwest Gateway Programme – Information Boards