Seven walking and cycling, public transport and roading projects are being accelerated to better connect new and existing communities to the south and north of the city, and deliver a substantial change in providing safer, more accessible and sustainable travel choices that support growth.
This includes developing the first walking and cycling connection across Waitematā Harbour and along the harbour to Takapuna, providing commuters with real choice on how they travel through the city. It is a critical link in the region’s transport system, providing an important missing link in Auckland’s Cycle Network and a great new facility for both residents and tourists.
More than $1 billion investment will be spent improving passenger and inter-regional freight services, helping make rail a preferred way of travel for communities to the south of Auckland. A new rail track will be built between Wiri and Quay Park, new stations developed at Drury and the rail network electrified through to Pukekohe. Importantly, this investment will also provide additional capacity for the new City Rail Link and supports the new commuter service being developed from Hamilton to Auckland.
The new Mill Road and Penlink transport corridors, being built to the south and north of Auckland, respectively, as well as improvements on State Highway 1 between Papakura and Drury, will also support growth. All three projects include shared walking and cycling paths, providing important connections through to recently completed sections of the city’s walking and cycling network, and more frequent and improved public transport services. This will provide residents with choice on how they move about these communities and access employment opportunities, as well as building safety and resilience into Auckland’s transport system.
North of Auckland, at Silverdale, Wainui, Dairy Flat, Orewa, and Whangaparāoa Peninsula, the population will grow three-fold, creating 21,000 new jobs. Penlink will support this growth by providing new travel choice options to and from these areas for residents and businesses, including express public transport services.