Auckland's Dominion Road is to undergo a $47 million upgrade.

Auckland Transport has announced there will be continuous bus lanes down the full length of the road and through intersections, new cycle routes created on quiet streets either side of the road, and an upgrade of its three village centres.

Dominion Road Business Association chairman Chris Hammonds says at the moment buses have to merge back into traffic because the lanes are not continuous.

He says the upgrade is good news for both bus passengers and motorists.


Chris Hammonds says bus lanes that run 24 hours per day, seven days per week, would cripple business along the road.

He says keeping the lanes only operating at peaks times will ensure customers are still able to park near the shops they want to go to.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2014 subject to NZTA funding approval.