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The multi-billion investment in ten New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects for Auckland will provide more travel choices, help people get where they’re going safely and support the economy.

Waka Kotahi is making good progress on construction of SH1 Papakura to Drury, which includes a new shared path for walking and cycling. Consents for the next stage have also been approved through the fast track process.

The project will support growing communities in South Auckland, improving access, safety and travel choices.

Also in South Auckland, KiwiRail has begun construction of a third main rail line. They are building the project as part of an increased investment in rail that also includes three new rail stations in Drury and Papakura to Pukekohe rail electrification.

More information on KiwiRail’s website(external link).

In North Auckland, Penlink will provide a vital new  vital transport link as more people live, work and grow up in Silverdale, Whangaparāoa and the Hibiscus Coast. Along with the planned extension of the Northern Busway, the new two-lane road will support connected transport networks in north Auckland as people will enjoy better transport choices that are more reliable and improved travel times between Whangaparāoa and wider Auckland.

The two-lane road, proposed as a toll road, with a shared walking and cycling path is due to start construction in late 2022.

To meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19, the Government decided to make changes to the South Auckland projects.

This included increased investment in rail stations and investigating a new scope for Mill Road focused on safety improvements and Drury local transport upgrades.

South Auckland package

Updates to Mill Road and Papakura to Drury South stage two [PDF, 912 KB]

In September 2021 the Government confirmed that it would not proceed with the standalone bridge portion of the Northern Pathway and asked Waka Kotahi to explore further options for walking and cycling across the Waitematā Harbour.  

We are now working with our partners and key stakeholders to identify an alternative option, which is most likely to be dedicated bike ferries or buses using the existing Auckland Harbour Bridge. The preferred option will be presented to the Minister in March 2022. 

Auckland package projects