Main North Road - bus priority lane improvements



We’re upgrading bus lanes to help improve bus reliability and travel times.


The upgrades to the bus lanes will improve the reliability and travel times for buses travelling along Main North Road.


Main North Road, between Winston Avenue and Sawyers Arms Road.


Work started 8 January 2020 and is expected to be completed by August 2020.


Phone Haidee Scott, Communications Advisor, on 027 665 4007 or email Phone Barry Templeton, Project Manager, on 027 704 5734 or email

What we are doing

Works are now concentrated on the west side of the Main North Road and Grassmere Street intersection, beside the Countdown building.

We’re installing two new traffic light poles, two new underground access chambers and new ducting, and preparing to lay the new footpath and cycle way surface. We need to divert pedestrians and cyclists to work safely (refer to map).


Road resurfacing

Resurfacing work has been completed. Additional sections requiring nightworks and warmer temperatures will be carried out in the summer.


Northlands (Countdown)/Halliwell Avenue entrance

The new pedestrian crossing at the Northlands/Halliwell Avenue intersection will be made operational in late August, and all pedestrian crossings and footpaths reopened except for the footpath alongside the Countdown car park.

The road resurfacing at the mall entrance will take place at night at the end of August.


Mary Street/Langdons Road/Main North Road intersection

We will finish resealing and line marking work at this intersection mid-August.

To improve access and safety for pedestrians crossing the road, a new pedestrian crossing has been included on the north side of the Westpac and Mary Street intersection.

The new pedestrian crossing will make the intersection operate differently. Mary Street and Langdons Road previously had their own independent phase. Now, they will run together and right turning traffic from both roads will need to give way to left turning and straight through traffic.

Temporary signage will be in place to inform users once these changes take effect.


Finishing works

We’re nearly at the finish line, so there are lots of little jobs to finish up including:

  • installing the tactile pavers at each intersection
  • road line marking at night
  • resurfacing the road shoulders on the west side of Main North Road north of Langdons Road
  • rebuilding the two final central median islands at the end of August