Northland’s challenging geology and weather means the road network is not as resilient as it could be compared with other parts of the country and this makes access a challenge in parts of the region. There are high risks areas of State Highway 1 where safety improvements, especially in speed reduction, will help improve access.
The focus in Northland is on creating a transport system that is safer, has stronger community connections, provides better access to economic and employment opportunities and is resilient to withstand extreme weather events. We are working closely with partners from local government, iwi, other agencies and communities to support a growing and successful region.
Investment during this NLTP 2018-21 period will target maintaining and improving the transport system, as well as working with local government, and NZ Police to improve safety at high-risk locations.
Construction is almost complete to replace three one lane bridges, at Taipā and Matakohe, and work is underway at the SH1/Loop Road intersection to make journeys safer in the region.
Northland’s appeal as a tourist destination will be boosted by additional investment from the Provincial Growth Fund, to progress the Twin Coast Discovery Route connecting the east and west coasts through several business cases that are already in development.
Road safety is a priority in Northland, with investment in the following:
Northland’s transport system provides the means for businesses to operate successfully in the region. The port at Marsden Point is crucial to the Northland and the safety improvements outlined above will help to support the safe and efficient movement of freight to and from the port.
The growth of forestry in the region means that strategic routes can change over time. The maintenance and renewals programme will respond to these changes, supporting industry and economic development. The Transport Agency continues to work with industry, communities and local government to develop and improve the region’s High Productivity Motor Vehicle (HPMV) routes, and to prioritise projects addressing dust caused by increased traffic on unsealed roads.
Tourism in Northland thrives in locations such as the Bay of Islands, Te Reringa Wairua (Cape Reinga), Opononi/Omapere, Waipoua Forest and Matakohe. Strategic investment in the transport system is vital to broaden Northland’s destination appeal and increase visitor numbers. The Provincial Growth Fund has committed an initial $6.2 million to fund seven business cases along the Twin Coast Discovery Route, with the aim of attracting more visitors and improving investment, employment and incomes across the region.
There will be improvements to regional connections and public transport services, as well as driver licensing to improve community access to education, employment and training opportunities.
Walking and cycling opportunities will continue to grow especially with the Northland Regional Walking and Cycling strategy, providing a great way to boost tourism and promote healthy communities. The Transport Agency has been working with local government to identify how investment in walking and cycling infrastructure can boost the number of people walking and cycling.
Positive results are already being seen on the completed sections of the Onerahi Shared Path and Kamo Shared Path in Whāngārei, including use by families at weekends and daily commuters.
The Transport Agency will continue to support initiatives, such as the Twin Coast Cycle Trail, which offer tourists and locals a unique way to travel between the region’s coasts.
This NLTP will also continue to support urban shared paths in and around Whāngārei, including the delivery of sections of the Kamo and Raumanga routes which link with schools, recreation areas and the city centre.
An investigation will be carried out into pedestrian safety improvements in Whāngārei, and a programme of cycle skills education will be delivered in schools to capitalise on the new infrastructure.
Work will continue with local roading authorities and communities to be vigilant about the condition of the transport network and target areas of low resilience. The Far North District Council has a significant resilience programme underway for the 2018-21 period.
Improvements will strengthen the resilience of the transport network, particularly on the Auckland–Whāngārei corridor, Twin Coast Discovery Route (including Opononi) and Kaitaia to Cape Reinga.
This will include the potential impacts of climate change and sea level rise on communities and infrastructure in coastal areas. With freight across the region increasing, there will be an investigation into options to strengthen alternate routes, including local roads, to deliver service in the event of network disruption.
This year has seen the highest investment in maintenance of the state highway network in Northland at $28.6 million.
The Transport Agency will continue to support road controlling authorities and the Northland Transportation Alliance in their collaboration on procurement, asset management and implementation of maintenance activities, to ensure best practice and value for money.
The Northland transport network has had significant investment from the PGF through the Twin Coast Discovery Route Package and the Kaipara Package. Both of these investments will help to drive economic growth, increase tourism and improve access for communities to key services.
In addition, there has been investment in the North Auckland Line and into a roundabout at Waipapa to improve the safety of the SH10 and Waipapa Road intersection.
|Project name||Description||Project type||Total funding||PGF funding||NLTF funding||Contingency PGF funding|
|(Kaipara Kickstart) 50MAX High Productivity Motor Vehicle (HPMV)||Upgrading structures to be 50MAX/HPMV capable on local road routes to allow trucks to be more productive for current and future economic activity.||Local Road||$3.16m||$0.23m||$1.93m|
|(Kaipara Kickstart) Pouto Road Phase 1||Design then physical works to seal 10km.||Local Road||$5.05m|
|(Kaipara Kickstart) Pouto Road Phase 2||Business case to extend the above seal to Pouto Point followed by physical works.||Local Road||$0.33m||$0.33m||$2.8m|
|(Kaipara Kickstart) Road re-metalling||Improving the quality of existing road surfaces.||Local Road||$8.06m||$3.15m|
|(Kaipara Kickstart) Waipoua River Road||Physical works to widen and seal 1.5km from State Highway 12 to the Waipoua Visitor Information Centre.||Local Road||$0.13m||$0.12m||$0.01m||$1.48m|
|(Twin Coast Package) Integrated Cycle Plan||Business case with recommended investment programme.||State Highway||$0.25m||$0.25m|
|(Twin Coast Package) Passing and Overtaking Opportunities||Business case with recommended investment programme.||State Highway||$0.6m||$0.6m|
|(Twin Coast Package) Rest Area Strategy and Implementation Plan||Strategy and implementation plan for rest areas.||State Highway||$0.5m||$0.5m|
|(Twin Coast Package) SH11 Kawakawa to SH10 Puketona||Business case with recommended investment programme.||State Highway||$1.5m||$1.5m|
|(Twin Coast Package) SH12 Rawene to Waipoua||Business case with recommended investment programme.||State Highway||$0.4m||$0.4m|
|(Twin Coast Package) Twin Coast Discovery Route Wayfinding Signage||Business case with recommended investment programme.||State Highway||$0.2m||$0.2m|
|(Twin Coast Package) Township Plans (up to 12 plans)||Urban design plans for selected Northland townships.||State Highway||$1.8m||$1.8m|
|SH10 Waipapa Intersection Improvement||Physical works to construct a roundabout at the intersection of State Highway 10 and Waipapa Road.||State Highway||$9m||$9m|
|Development Phase Project to Support Northland Rail Business Case||Five deliverable areas (in 13 reports) covering Engineering and geotechnical investigation of the existing NAL, the tunnels and the alignment to Marsden Point to inform the NAL business case.||Rail||$2.3m||$2.3m|
|North Auckland Line business case||Single-stage business case on a proposed upgrade of the North Auckland Line (NAL).||Rail||$0.5m||$0.5m|
|Forecast total investment||$509 million||$607 million|
|Forecast maintenance and operations||$345 million||$280 million|
|Forecast public transport investment||$6 million||$9 million|
|Forecast walking and cycling||$7 million||$9 million|
|Regional network improvements||$130 million||$220 million|
|Provincial Growth Fund||$21 million|