New logo to guide motorists on Western Ring Route


A new logo and direction signs will guide motorists and help them to get the most from the Western Ring Route in Auckland.

The opening of the Waterview tunnel and a new section of State Highway 20 next year will also mark the completion of a key project on the Western Ring Route, an additional route to use instead of State Highway 1, linking Manukau, central Auckland, West Auckland and the North Shore.

“The Western Ring Route will give drivers a direct motorway to motorway connection all the way from Manukau to West Auckland and the North Shore, helping them to skirt around the city,” says Brett Gliddon the Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager.

“Because it takes in several motorways including State Highway 16, 20 and 18 and connects at either end with State Highway 1, we’ve developed a new logo to help motorists easily identify that they are on the Western Ring Route.”

“This will help guide them along the Western Ring Route as a second route to use in addition to State Highway 1.”

There are also changes to some of the motorway exit numbers and to destination names and locations along the route.

“Drivers who use these routes regularly and who live in the area will notice some changes that are designed to help people who are less familiar with the route to navigate their way around.”

The routes to Auckland International Airport will also be better signposted and key tourist routes including the Twin Coast Discovery, Pacific Coast Highway and the Thermal Explorer will be signposted from the airport to help visitors find and travel these key routes more easily.

The Waterview tunnel and State Highway 20 extension, known as the Waterview Connection, is due to open next year and will be a key link in the Western Ring Route. The 48-kilometre Western Ring Route is one of the Government’s Roads of National Significance because of its benefits to New Zealand’s economy.

For more information visit the Western Ring Route website.