With a lot more people living in the area, significant new transport infrastructure will be needed. The preferred transport network has been developed following technical workshops and public feedback. The aim is to make the future communities well connected and great places to live.
Potential business land has been indicated in the Silverdale area to the east of Dairy Flat Highway and on land around the airfield.
New or improved public transport corridor
At the heart of the future transport network in the Silverdale area will be an extension of the Rapid Transit Network linking Albany to Dairy Flat, Silverdale, Wainui and Grand Drive via an extension of the Northern busway.
Additional stations along the Rapid Transit Network will become hubs for extended public transport services into the growth areas and Orewa, providing fast and efficient access to employment, town centres and residential areas. A high-frequency bus route connecting Orewa and Silverdale with Wainui and the Rapid Transit Network will also be developed. This will include bus lanes, bus priority at intersections and interchanges.
New or improved road corridor
A range of transport options around a potential new town centre in Dairy Flat will ensure a good mix of travel choice. New and upgraded arterial roads in the growth area, including a new north-south road, will provide connections and improve safety for existing communities. An interchange incorporating both Dairy Flat and Penlink will provide good access to the area and a strong east-west connection. Capacity will be increased on State Highway 1 in a balanced way to avoid creating bottlenecks elsewhere.
The Wainui growth area is now ‘live zoned’ with a mix of residential housing types (mixed housing, urban and suburban, apartments, and terrace housing), as well as local and neighbourhood business areas. The development of a local road network in this area will be progressed.
Cycling and walking
Dedicated walking and cycling networks linked to public transport hubs will provide a range of options for getting around.