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A safe, well-connected, and resilient land transport system that gets goods to market and supports economic growth in Auckland is a major investment focus for the 2021–24 NLTP.

Investment in Auckland’s land transport system during the 2021–24 NLTP 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.

ATAP is a 10-year programme which will see $31.4 billion invested in critical transport infrastructure and services across the city. The focus is on a rapid transit network, walking and cycling facilities, better public transport services and improving safety.

A major goal of this NLTP is creating a safe roading system that reduces harm to both people and the environment and provides better value for money. Auckland carries a proportional share of the responsibility for helping Aotearoa meet its emissions reduction targets, investment prioritised in Auckland to target better travel options, new walking and cycling infrastructure, bus, and ferry improvements, improving safety, climate change and improving freight connections.

As well as the emphasis on improving the safety and resilience of Auckland’s road network to help drive economic growth, this NLTP strives to maintain key road connections and ensure the right levels of service for all transport users, regardless of mode.

This investment also includes joint programmes with our local and central government partners, such as the Auckland Network Optimisation Programme, which will be delivered in partnership with Auckland Transport and. Optimisation is a quick and effective series of multi-modal low-cost interventions that maximises use of the existing network through small physical interventions, active network management, behaviour change and technology to create extra road capacity.

In the last 12 months

  • Cyclists and pedestrians have an additional 2.65kms of the Glen Innes to Tamaki Drive Shared Path to use with the opening of the St Johns Road to Ōrākei Basin section.
  • Commuters from the North Shore have better bus access into central Auckland with the opening of the Northern Busway extension, a separate two-way road for buses between Constellation and Albany and upgrades to the Constellation Station.
  • Better commuter access for Pukekohe and Papakura communities is closer with work getting underway on SH1 improvements between Papakura and Bombay to install new motorway overbridges which will enable electric trains and additional rail lines to run underneath.
  • Aucklanders travelling from Pakuranga to Botany will have better travel choices in the future with a project alliance agreement signed to develop the next phase of the Eastern Busway, a 7km busway with separate walking and cycling facilities.
  • Awarding the contract to build O Mahurangi | Penlink will provide residents calling Silverdale, Whangaparāoa and the Hibiscus Coast home with a vital transport link with Auckland and better travel choice.
  • Safer and better connections between Auckland and Northland are now available with the opening of the first southern stage of the new Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.
  • Safety was improved on SH22 Drury to Paerata with the completion of a roundabout at the intersection with Glenbrook Road, designed to reduce speeds and stop dangerous right-hand turns.

Underway or about to start

  • The first, southern stage of Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Warkworth opened in May 2022. Waka Kotahi, NX2 and Fletcher/Acciona are now working to open the fully completed Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway next year.
  • The Old Māngere Bridge replacement bridge is nearing completion, with installation of the deck furniture and bridge abutments expected to be done in time for a Spring 2022 opening. The replacement bridge will provide an important strategic walking and cycling connection across the Manukau Harbour.
  • 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 Northern Corridor Improvements with direct SH1 to SH18 motorway connections.
  • Work continues on the final section of the Glen Innes to Tāmaki Drive Shared Path between Ōrākei Basin and Tāmaki Drive. The recently completed Section 2 closes the gap between two already opened sections of pathway, giving people on foot and wheels an uninterrupted 5km of the full 7km.
  • Stage two of the SH16 Brigham Creek and Waimauku (Brigham Creek to Kumeū) is progressing, with detailed design underway. Design for Stage 1 (Huapai to Waimauku) is complete and awaiting consent.
  • With the opening of the Panmure to Pakuranga section of the Eastern Busway. The next stage from Pakuranga to Botany will complete a 7km busway with separate walking and cycling facilities.

Funding overview

NLTP Investment in 2021/22 Forecast investment for 2021-24
Total $1.87 billion $7.2 billion
Maintenance and operations $443 million $1.5 billion
Public transport investment $748 million $2.9 billion
Walking and cycling $74 million $260 million
Road to Zero (safety) $93 million $232 million
Network improvements $333 million $1.2 billion

Overview map

Auckland map 2022

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