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Aerial view of Mill Road between Manukau and Drury South

The Government has made decisions on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme that will change this project as part of the South Auckland package of work.

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

  • Mill Road will become a smaller scale project. The Government has decided on a new scope that will deliver a two lane northern section of Mill Road (Flat Bush to Alfriston, with safety improvements in the existing corridor in Takaanini). Invest in Drury local transport upgrades, including walking and cycling and public transport connections, that support enabling additional housing.
  • Continue to deliver the upgrade of SH1 Papakura to Drury(external link), including a shared path.
  • The existing proposals for the three sections (Takaanini, Papakura and Drury) of the Mill Road project and the Papakura to Drury South Stage Two project, including Drury South interchange, will not be progressed as part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
  • The Government has increased the level of rail investment to allow construction of three new rail stations in addition to rail electrification and a third rail line.

Further investigations and work is needed to confirm the next steps on the changed projects. This will take time but we will continue to work closely with partners, communities and potentially affected landowners on projects that are changing to establish what this means for them.

Find out more about the latest updates [PDF, 912 KB]


  • Enables urban growth
  • Supports decarbonisation
  • Improves safety


  • Mill Road north, two lane safety improvements
  • Drury local transport upgrades


To be confirmed


Business case approval mid-2022

Supporting urban development

Building network resilience

Enhancing walking and cycling

Improving public transport

Improving safety