Rose Street bus terminal upgrade - stage 1

  • Project typeBus Terminal
  • Project value$1.5 million
  • Project scheduleWorks from late February - late May 2022
  • Contractor nameVentia
  • Completion Date31 May 2022
Photo showing Rose Street bus terminal as it was in 2021, before work begins.

A $1.5M upgrade of the existing main bus terminal at Rose Street is underway since February 2022, with local company Ventia being awarded the main contract.

For many years the current Rose Street Bus terminal has not been fit for purpose. There are safety concerns with the terminal due to undesirable behaviour, the bus shelters are cold and wet because they are subject to the prevailing weather and the terminal is unattractive and unwelcoming.

As part of its 30 year transport strategy, the Council is promoting an increase in use of the bus service. This is to reduce congestion in the city, reduce reliance on private vehicle use and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The upgrade of the current bus terminal is a key project in increasing the use of the bus service because it will enable an increase in the frequency of buses using the terminal as well as providing a safe, attractive and comfortable facility that will encourage people to use the terminal.

The toilet block and bus kiosk will remain open during construction.

Due to budget constraints, the project has been broken into two stages. Stage 1, which is currently being completed by Ventia, includes the following works:

  • new, modern bus shelters that offer better weather protection
  • raised pedestrian crossings on Rose Street and Bank Street to improve safety for pedestrians
  • a wider pavement so buses can safely pass each other inside the terminal
  • more bus stops at the terminal to serve more bus services in future
  • a new bus stop on Bank Street.

The Stage 1 works are expected to take 3 months and be completed in late May.

The carparks outside the Grand Hotel and loading zone on Rose Street will stay for three to five years until the increase in bus runs requires another bus stop.

Stage 2 includes the upgrade of the main terminal building and the adjacent footpath and will be built at a later date when budget is made available.

Temporary bus stops in Vine Street

Due to safety concerns with constructing the terminal upgrade while buses are operating, the existing bus terminal will be temporarily closed and the CityLink bus operations will temporarily be shifted to Vine Street. Some carparking on Vine St will be temporarily changed to bus stops to accommodate the bus service.

Temporary seating will be provided on Vine Street to make the temporary bus stops as comfortable as possible for passengers. Upon completion of the terminal construction, these temporary bus stops will be removed and the existing carparks on Vine Street will be reinstated.

We understand that there will be disruption due to the Stage 1 works and we apologise in advance for any impact on bus passengers and local businesses during the construction of these necessary improvements to our transport system.

This project is a joint initiative between the Whangarei District Council and the Northland Regional Council.