On 23 January 2018, an independent Board of Inquiry issued its final decision confirming the designations and granting the resource consents for the East West Link project. This follows an earlier draft decision released on 14 November 2017 by the Environmental Protection Authority. Submitters will have 15 working days for the right to appeal to the High Court against the final decision (on points of law only).
The Board of Inquiry decision is an important part in the ongoing statutory process and the consents are enabling and not obligatory.
Separate to this, the Transport Agency is working with the Government as it develops a new Government Policy Statement on land transport. This will set the policy direction and priorities for transport investment and help influence the transport programme, including timing and funding decisions on how various programmes and projects will proceed.
Part of this includes a review of the East West Link to identify options to provide a lower cost, better value solution.
The NZ Transport Agency has been working with Auckland Transport, Auckland Council, Mana Whenua, the community and stakeholders since 2013 to develop plans to respond to the transport issues in this area of Auckland. We are committed to continuing to work closely with the community, key stakeholders and the Government to design and deliver a solution that meets Auckland’s transport needs now and into the future.
We will provide further advice and update you as soon as we can and these will be available on our website.
To read the draft decision, visit www.epa.govt.nz/eastwest(external link)
In July and August 2014 we asked people to give us feedback on their experiences with the transport network in the East West Connections programme area. The information provided was used to help us understand what was needed to make improvements to the transport network in the area. Take a look at our previous display boards.(external link)
Then in October 2014, we asked people to give us feedback on the six options developed for the Onehunga-Penrose area and bus priority between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park. The feedback, along with a range of technical assessments, was used to evaluate the options and identify a preferred approach. Take a look at our summary of feedback factsheet [PDF, 3.7 MB].
In late 2015, we confirmed the preferred route for the East West Link and progressed the design. We invited you to have your say on these latest plans in June 2016 to help shape further design work. Take a look at our summary of feedback [PDF, 1.7 MB].