Investment in Auckland’s land transport system of a forecast $7.5 billion during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period will focus on continuing to deliver the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) to support population growth and the development of new communities with better access to more sustainable travel choice.
While Aucklanders have already begun reaping the benefits of a safer, more reliable transport journey on State Highway 1 and State Highway 18, the completion of the shared path from Constellation Station to Oteha Valley Road, has now opened, providing people with a genuine choice in how they travel, marking the completion of the Northern Corridor Improvements Project.
The northwest of Auckland is growing and there’s an increasing need to provide better public transport options for everyone who lives in and moves around the area.
Rapid transit along the Northwestern Motorway, SH16, will transform the way people move around the region, create connections to the growing rapid transit network, reduce our reliance on private vehicles, reduce emissions and create a more sustainable future for us all.
Rapid transit is fast, frequent and reliable public transport that carries large numbers of people, on dedicated corridors separated from other traffic. This means it is unaffected by general traffic congestion – like the Northern Busway on the Northern Motorway (SH1). Rapid transit can come in a variety of modes including rail, bus and ferry.
Construction is progressing well on Stage 1A of the project at the Papakura end, with the new Park Estate Road bridge nearing completion. Elsewhere, northbound and southbound motorway widening continues, as does work on retaining walls, the new Beach Road southbound on-ramp, and three replacement motorway bridges across the railway at Drury Interchange.
Residents of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Hibiscus Coast and Silverdale will have improved travel choices with the new O Mahurangi | Penlink route. Early works are now underway.
Work continues on the final section of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path between Ōrākei Basin and Tāmaki Drive. With more than 5kms of the full 7km route now open, thousands of Aucklanders are enjoying the path. We are in the consenting process for the remaining section – the 700m long boardwalk.
Consents have been lodged for stage two of the SH16 Brigham Creek and Waimauku (Brigham Creek to Kumeū). Construction for stage one (Huapai to Waimauku) will start mid-2023.
The first two sections, (Panmure to Pakuranga) of the Eastern Busway are now complete. Planning and design is underway for the final stage, Pakuranga to Botany, which will complete the new high-frequency bus services to connect people from Botany, Pakuranga and the surrounding suburbs with the rail network in Panmure.
The Strand Optimisation Project is the first to be delivered as part of the Auckland Network Optimisation Programme. The project runs along The Strand between Alten Road and Tamaki Drive. This project aims to improve travel choices, efficiency and safety for all users as well as supporting the longer-term City Centre Masterplan which is being delivered by Auckland Council. The project has identified the need for special vehicle lanes, a shared user path separate to the road and overall safety improvements. Following current engagement with key stakeholders, we will seek community feedback to further inform the design.
A second crossing of the Waitematā Harbour progresses with a recommendation for a package of transport improvements as part of an Indicative Business Case, including light rail, buses, connections for walking and cycling, vehicles and freight, along with determining the future use of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Engagement with communities has started and will continue throughout 2023/24 to help shape final decisions.
We’re committed to a collaborative approach to transport planning, funding and development. It’s an approach that delivers integrated transport solutions that best meet the needs of New Zealanders. To achieve these results, we seek open and honest consultation across a range of activities with all our stakeholders, including road users, business, local government, communities and iwi.