Northland’s population has grown faster than any other region as a result of growth overflow from Auckland. The upgraded corridor will strengthen the region’s transport links with Auckland, supporting the annual movement of two million tonnes of freight between Northland and Auckland. The project will support Northland economic growth, such as tourism which contributes around $1 billion per year to the region and improve road safety, which in turn will help improve travel reliability for all users.
More than 100 people have died or been seriously injured during the last five years on SH1 between Whangārei and Te Hana, the worst section being between Whangārei and the Port Marsden turn-off. Many of these crashes involved drivers crossing the centreline and colliding with oncoming traffic. Safety improvements planned for this section of SH1 under the Safe Network Programme will still be required.
Road closures as a result of crashes have impacted on Northland’s economic growth, as many detour routes are unsuitable for freight vehicles.
The new corridor will provide for safer, easier and more reliable journeys for everyone.
Safe Network Programme
To support growth south of Whangārei and provide greater choice in the way people move, we will investigate using two lanes along sections of the four-lane corridor to prioritise public transport, vehicles carrying multiple people and/or freight. The new corridor will provide for safer, easier, and more reliable journeys for everyone.