Public feedback sought on Ō2NL preferred route shortlist


The NZ Transport Agency has released the shortlisted corridor options for the Ōtaki to north of Levin (Ō2NL) Project and is inviting public feedback to help refine them to a single preferred route.

NZTA’s Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says the shortlist has been developed following the first round of public engagement and takes into account the submissions of people who live, work and travel in the area.

“This input has been hugely valuable and helped shape the project. We started with 23 options and with the help of feedback have refined this down to nine,” Ms Speight says.

“We are now asking for further input from the community so that we end up with a single preferred route which best serves the community and balances that against the needs of road users.”

Ō2NL shortlisted options

The shortlisted options all begin at Taylors Road north of Ōtaki, linking in with the Kāpiti Expressway, and end just north of Levin.

Each corridor between Ōtaki and north of Levin is made up of a southern option and a northern option. There are three southern options (S6, S7, S7A) and three northern options (N4, N5, N9), which form nine potential corridors.

“All the options west of Ōtaki were ruled out during the consultation process because of the significant environmental and cultural implications. They also would have increased travel times for commuters traveling to Levin or Palmerston North,” Ms Speight says.

Anyone interested in submitting feedback on the shortlisted options will be able and to view them and comment in a variety of ways:

  • Email us at
  • Filling out a feedback form when visiting our pop-up shops from 7th February
  • Visit one of the community information sessions starting 10th February.

Once feedback is received and considered, advice on a preferred option will be presented to the NZTA Board in mid-2018. The next steps for the project will take into account changes to the Government’s transport system priorities which will be outlined in the new Government Policy Statement.

Community information sessions

Manakau information session
Manakau Community Hall
12 Mokena Kohere Street
Saturday 10 February 10am-2pm
Koputaroa information session
Koputaroa Community Hall
399 Koputaroa Road
Wednesday 14 February 2pm-4pm
Levin information session
Ō2NL project pop-up shop
183 Oxford Street
Saturday 17 February 10am-2pm
Ōhau information session
Ōhau Public Hall
Muhunoa Road West
Thursday 22 February 3pm-7pm
Family Fun Day information session
Levin Adventure Park
93 Oxford Street
Saturday 24 February 10am-4pm
Levin information session
Waiopehu College
74 Bartholomew Road
Thursday 1 March 4pm-6pm
Poroutawhao information session
Poroutawhao Community Hall
800 State Highway 1
Wednesday 7 March 2pm-4pm
Levin information session
Ō2NL project pop-up shop
183 Oxford Street
Friday 9 March 4pm-8pm

Pop-up shop

Between 7 February and 9 March, the Ō2NL project pop-up shop at 183 Oxford Street, Levin will be open to the public every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm, and Thursday from 12pm-6pm.

More information

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