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SH1 Wellington Northern Corridor revocation

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Project introduction

Improvements to the Wellington Northern Corridor mean that some sections will be revoked. The process of revocation removes the status of state highway from the old road and its management under the NZ Transport Agency, transferring it to the relevant local authority as a local road.

  • Project type

    Road management
  • Project status


Frequently asked questions

  • What is revocation?

    Revocation is the cancellation or removal of a status or offer. In this case, revocation is the removal of the status of ‘state highway’ from some sections of the Wellington Northern Corridor and its management under the NZ Transport Agency. As a result, some routes will revert back to a ‘local road’ managed by the relevant local council.

  • Why is this work happening?

    Improvements to the Wellington Northern Corridor mean that some sections, that are currently State Highway 1, are no longer required to function as a national highway.

  • Does the community get to have a say?

    Yes, NZ Transport Agency must consult with any affected regional or local council that may be affected by the proposed declaration before making a recommendation that a state highway status be revoked.

  • What happens at the point of hand over?

    Once the state highway status is revoked, then ownership and control of the road, is transferred to the local council. Funding responsibility is also transferred to local council, with any ongoing NZ Transport Agency funding provided at an appropriate FAR (Funding Assistance Rate) rate for activity.

  • What will be the condition of the road when its status is revoked?

    The NZ Transport Agency must ensure that the road will at the time of handover, be fit for purpose in relation to its transport functions. Fit for purpose means that at the time of handover the revoked section of state highway will provide a level of service equivalent to other roads providing a similar function within the local road network, and be safe i.e. it will not as result of that change in function have a safety defect that was not there before.