When complete the Waikato Expressway will be the key strategic transport corridor for the Waikato region, connecting Auckland to the agricultural and business centres of Waikato and Bay of Plenty. The Expressway will improve economic growth and productivity through more efficient movement of people and freight.
Other benefits include:
- reducing travel times between Auckland and Tirau by up to 35 minutes
- reducing significantly the number of fatal and serious injury crashes
- reducing fuel costs
- reducing traffic congestion within smaller communities like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Cambridge
- increasing the highway's capacity and passing opportunities.
The Waikato Expressway will be 102km in length running from the Bombay Hills to south of Cambridge. It will provide for two lanes of traffic in each direction divided by a central barrier with local roads and interchanges generally serviced by bridges and underpasses.