Investment in Auckland’s land transport system of a forecast $7.2 billion during the 2021–24 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) period will focus on continuing to deliver the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) to support population growth and the development of new communities with better access to more sustainable travel choice.
Safety improvements have come full circle on SH22, with a notorious intersection known for risky manoeuvres and crashes replaced with a $16.4 million roundabout.
The Northern Busway extension opened, offering commuters to and from Te Whenua roa o Kahu (North Shore) traffic-free travel from the Auckland Harbour Bridge all the way to Albany.
Work has already begun on building the second half of the new bridge, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. Elsewhere on the project, southbound motorway widening, and northbound retaining walls are progressing well. Early works on the new Beach Road southbound on-ramp are continuing, as are works on the noise walls and Park Estate Road.
Penlink will form a vital transport link in north Auckland as more and more people live and work in Silverdale, Whangaparāoa and the Hibiscus Coast. HEB, Fulton Hogan, Aurecon and Tonkin + Taylor have formally signed an agreement to become an alliance to construct this eagerly awaited new connection.
Waka Kotahi wants everyone who uses our roads in Northland and north Auckland to get where they’re going safely. To save lives and prevent serious injuries, we are reviewing speed limits in the region.
The first, southern, stage of Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth was opened in May 2022. Waka Kotahi, NX2 and Fletcher/Acciona are working to complete this project as soon as possible, with opening of the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway expected next year. The 18.5-kilometre motorway will provide a safer, more resilient and reliable route for motorists travelling between Auckland and Northland.
The structure of the bridge is now completed and work in the coming months will focus on installation of the deck furniture and bridge abutments. Expected to open in Spring 2022, the replacement bridge will provide an important strategic walking and cycling connection across the Manukau Harbour.
The extension of the rapid transit network on the North Shore (Northern Busway) from Constellation Station to Albany Station opened in early May 2022. Work continues on the direct SH1 to SH18 motorway connections, which will complete the Western Ring Route and provide a more reliable journey time for the movement of people and goods around the Auckland region. 7km of shared paths to provide travel options for how people get around are being built.
The recently completed Section two of this shared walking and cycling path bridges the gap between two already opened sections of the pathway. It provides 5kms of the 7kms, with just the final section to be constructed between Ōrākei Basin and Tāmaki Drive.
Late 2021 the final asphalt was successfully laid on the Loop Road roundabout and immediate approaches. Road surfacing and traffic island installation at the northern end of site were completed in June, ending stage one.
Construction of stage two will begin later in 2022, with work to strengthen the ground where the road will be constructed. These improvements will help to strengthen the important strategic link between Auckland and Whangārei.
A project to improve safety and efficiency for road users on the stretch of SH16 between Brigham Creek and Waimauku. Stage 2 (Brigham Creek to Kumeū) is progressing, with detailed design underway. The design for Stage 1 (Huapai to Waimauku) is complete and awaiting consent.
This project will improve road safety on SH22 between the Drury turn off from SH1 and Paerata township. This project recently saw the old Give Way intersection at SH22/Glenbrook Road replaced with a roundabout, making the route immediately safer by reducing speeds, and eliminating dangerous right turns for motorists, freight, and farm vehicles.
The Eastern Busway is being delivered by Auckland Transport and is about creating more lifestyle and climate-friendly travel options for the growing East Auckland community. The Panmure to Pakuranga section of the Eastern Busway opened last year. The next stage from Pakuranga to Botany will complete a 7km busway with separate walking and cycling facilities.
Maintenance activity undertaken during 2021/22:
Planned maintenance for 2022/23:
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is seeking feedback on its speed management plan for state highways. Submissions close at 5pm on Monday 12 December 2022.