An 18km four-lane expressway that will take State Highway 1 along the Kāpiti Coast is the first of the Wellington Northern Corridor projects underway. It will separate local and highway traffic and result in safer and shorter trips to and through the Kāpiti Coast - with local and national benefits.
The MacKays to Peka Peka Expressway project will deliver a key section of the Wellington Northern Corridor, a long needed upgrade of State Highway 1 north of Wellington. This highway is a critical link to the lower North Island and key regional destinations because the existing highway does not serve its users well. It has a poor safety record, is vulnerable to closures by storms and crashes, and drivers are often caught up in nose-to-tail traffic.
The upgrade is required to provide safe, efficient and reliable access to and from New Zealand’s capital and third-largest city. It's needed to support expected residential and business growth throughout the Wellington region.
Reduced congestion on local roads as traffic is transferred to the expressway.
Shorter and more reliable travel times for expressway traffic by avoiding urban traffic lights and speed limits.
Modern road design resulting in safer trips to and through Kāpiti.
Improved access to Wellington's port, CBD, interisland ferry terminals, airport and hospital.
Kāpiti residents and businesses the first to benefit from the Wellington Northern Corridor improvements.
A second route and a more resilient road network in the event of crashes or natural disasters.
More jobs and better access to jobs in Kāpiti and beyond.