Alternative route for west and southbound traffic
The Northern Corridor Improvements (NCI) project will build a new direct motorway-to-motorway connection on the North Shore, providing a new and efficient direct route for commuters and freight to travel to and from Auckland Airport, West Auckland, Manukau and Hamilton.
The new link will connect SH1 directly with a redesigned Upper Harbour Highway (SH18), opening up access to the new Western Ring Route (upgraded Northwestern Motorway (SH16) and Waterview Connection (SH20) and SH20A to the airport).
At the moment, SH1 is the only main route between Northland and Auckland and faces significant congestion, particularly at peak times. Pressure on the motorway system around the Albany and North Harbour area has grown substantially in recent years and is set to become more intense with continued increases in population, housing and freight movements over the next 30 years.
Creating a new direct motorway to motorway connection will allow travellers to avoid travelling through the central city and keep local roads free for local traffic by separating motorway and local traffic.
Supporting local area growth
The NCI project also has significant benefits for Albany, the North Harbour industrial area, and the wider North Shore community, including:
- Better travel options for people and freight moving around the North Shore
- Improved journey times in the wider area
- New and safer walking and cycling routes to busway stations
- Improved parks and play areas for local communities
- Better links to the growing North West area
Extending the busway
The project will also include an extension of the dedicated Northern Busway from Constellation Station all the way through to Albany Station, improving journey time reliability and time savings for passengers on bus services. As part of the project, upgrades will also be undertaken at Constellation Bus Station [PDF, 450 KB] and bus access at Albany Bus Station.
Auckland Transport is also investigating an additional bus station in Rosedale, which would increase access to bus services for a key employment area.
Read more information about the Rosedale Busway Station on the Auckland Transport website(external link)
The Northern Corridor programme consists of several projects: