Project Summary

What we're doing

We're making upgrades along Pembroke Street to make bus services more accessible and reliable, while also creating a safer space for people walking and biking.

These upgrades include:

  • relocating one bus shelter and removing another along Pembroke Street
  • upgrading bus stops to in-lane bus stops
  • installing two new raised, signalised crossings near to the new bus stops
  • installing bus stop bypasses to re-route people on bikes off the road, allowing them to avoid interactions with buses.

Why we're doing it

The bus shelter replacement and in-lane bus stop upgrades will provide a safe, comfortable and convenient place for bus passengers, including those who catch the high-frequency Comet bus service provided by Waikato Regional Council.

The raised, signalised crossings will improve pedestrian safety, making it easier to access the nearby YMCA, supermarket and other amenities.

This project is funded by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency’s Transport Choices programme and it will help create a connected network across the city, supporting Council’s move to a low emissions transport system in response to climate change.

This project will

  • Provide an accessible bus service

  • Improve pedestrian safety

  • Safer spaces for people on bikes

Where are we at

  • Stage 1 - Planning

    September 2023

    Public feedback has closed, and the project has moved to the design phase.
  • Stage 2 - Underway

    October 2023

    For the first stage of the project, construction begins October 2023.
  • Stage 3 - Underway

    March 2024

    The second stage is planned for construction, March 2024.
  • Stage 4 - Completed

    April 2024

    Our goal is to complete the first stage of the project in November 2023 and the second stage in April 2024. All projects in the Transport Choices programme…

Frequently Asked Questions

What are in-lane bus stops? 

This type of bus stop allows buses to stop in the traffic lane to pick up or drop off passengers, rather than pulling off to the side. 
Situations where we might consider an in-lane bus stop include: 

  • difficult for the bus to merge back into the traffic stream
  • vehicle speeds through the area are no higher than 50km/h
  • fewer than 800 vehicles per hour travel in the same direction as the bus
  • kerbside parking demand is high.  

Find out more about in-lane bus stops here

How long will this take?

This is a two-stage project. Construction work for the first stage is proposed for Monday 9 October 2023 and will take three weeks to complete, weather dependent.

Will there be closures and detours?


The proposed road closures during construction include a single northbound lane. The lane closure will only be in affect when the site is attended. Northbound traffic will be detoured along Pembroke Street and Ruakiwi Road.  

A southbound lane (towards Waikato Hospital) will always be available.

Both lanes will be open overnight.  

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Last updated 6 November 2023