Since the Mackays to Peka Peka Expressway (M2PP) opening in February 2017, the 13.5km section of what is currently State Highway 1 (SH1) from Poplar Avenue to Peka Peka Link Road is no longer required to function as a state highway. Ultimately SH1 will become a local road and the Kāpiti Coast District Council will take over responsibility for this road from the NZ Transport Agency.
The process of removing the existing SH1’s state highway classification is known as 'revocation'. This road will of course remain a key part of the local road network.
The following benefits are expected from the proposed changes along the road corridor:
- Positively contributing to and enhancing the Waikanae and Paraparaumu town centres to suit the expected traffic volumes and movements;
- Continuing to operate as an emergency by-pass route to the Kāpiti Expressway;
- Enhancing the connectivity for all transport modes through and across the district by:
- Expanding walking and cycling connections and options
- Improving connections to and from rail and bus hubs; and
- Enhancing the safety for all users including intersection improvements and slower traffic speeds so that people of all abilities can better access the Paraparaumu and Waikanae townships.