Since August 2018, the majority remaining share of projects within the preferred network plans are being taken forward by a planning entity, known as an alliance, called Te Tupu Ngātahi.(external link)
Te Tupu Ngātahi will guide the transport investment, business case and route protection processes for these projects. Specifically, its role is to:
- Assess and investigate the preferred network, in light of new Government priorities and the latest land use planning, including consultation with Auckland Council, KiwiRail, Manawhenua, local boards, the community and other stakeholders
- Prepare business cases for the projects, which are required to build a rigorous case for investment in the transport network by the end of 2019
- Seek route protection for the transport network within five years. Route protection is where land is identified and protected to allow for future construction and operation of infrastructure.
In total, the process above is expected to take five years, from 2018 to 2022.
Delivery of the projects (e.g. construction) will then be staged in line with ATAP’s direction and the planned release of the new growth area land by Auckland Council under the Unitary Plan, for example in 10, 20 or 30 years’ time. Due to the scale and cost involved, a range of innovative funding mechanisms are being investigated by Government and Auckland Council, such as applications to housing or growth funds.