With an extra 75,000 people living in the north west 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.
New or improved public transport corridor
At the heart of the north west network is a well connected Rapid Transit Network. It will provide links between Kumeu and the main employment centres in the city and Albany. New park and ride facilities will provide greater access and connect into local services, including higher frequency ferry services to and from the city, Hobsonville and West Harbour.
Another key focus is improving the safety and efficiency of State Highway 16 north of Westgate. Safety improvements underway and planned between Brigham Creek Road and Waimauku will help reduce serious crashes and improve efficiency, ahead of other major infrastructure build projects being progressed in the longer term.
New or improved road corridor
In the Kumeu area new and upgraded roads will better connect growth areas. This includes improvements to connections between housing north and south of the main highway as well as between Coatesville, Riverhead and the North Shore. A new route is proposed to the south of Kumeu and Huapai. It will reduce pressure on the existing SH16, providing an alternative through route and keep the current Kumeu and Huapai town centres as safe, local community-focused environments.
A direct motorway to motorway connection between State Highway 16 and State Highway 18 will provide a more efficient connection between Kumeu/Huapai and the North Shore. New motorway ramps will also be investigated at Squadron Drive and Northside Drive.
In the Whenuapai and Red Hills areas, new roads and improvements to existing roads, such as Brigham Creek Road and the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, will develop a strong local road network with safe and efficient connections between communities and to the strategic motorway network.
Cycling and walking
The cycling and walking network will be expanded to connect local centres and link to public transport hubs improving travel choice and accessibility.