4 June 2021: Government announces changes to New Zealand Upgrade Programme

Today (4 June 2021) the Government has made decisions on the New Zealand Upgrade Programme that will change some projects in southern Auckland.

To meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19, the Government has decided to make the following changes: 

  • Mill Road will become a smaller scale project. The Government has decided on a new scope that will deliver a two lane northern section of Mill Road (Flat Bush to Alfriston, with safety improvements in the existing corridor in Takaanini) between Papakura and Drury upgrade SH1 and provide a shared path, and invest in Drury local transport upgrades, including walking and cycling and public transport connections, that support enabling additional housing.

  • The existing proposals for the three sections (Takaanini, Papakura and Drury) of the Mill Road project and the Papakura to Drury South Stage Two project, including Drury South interchange, will not be progressed as part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme.

  • The Government has increased the level of rail investment to allow construction of three new rail stations in addition to rail electrification and a third rail line.

Read more about the changes to south Auckland projects here.(external link)

Click here for more information about the changes to the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.(external link)


Further investigations and work is needed to confirm the next steps on the changed projects. This will take time but Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and KiwiRail will continue to work closely with partners, communities and potentially affected landowners on projects that are changing to establish what this means for them.

 

29 March 2021: Thank you for your feedback

Public engagement on new train stations now closed

Thank you for sharing your views and submitting feedback on our proposals for new train stations for Drury and Paerata.

Feedback is now closed and we're reviewing the comments and ideas we've received. We'll share a summary of what we've heard from the community and landowners along with next steps for the project over the coming weeks.

 

15 February 2021: Have your say

Feedback open on new train stations for Drury and Paerata 

We're working in partnership with KiwiRail(external link) to plan and deliver the future road and rail requirements to support expected growth in the Drury-Ōpāheke area over the next 10-30 years. 

This includes new stations for Drury and Paerata with park and ride facilities and bus connections. 

We’d like your thoughts on the facilities we’re proposing for each of these stations – things like park and rides, and ways to access the stations.

Click here to find out more and to have your say.(external link) t(external link)

Feedback is open until Friday 26 March 2021

New train stations landscape online image

 

17 December 2020: Project update on new train stations for Drury and Paerata

In partnership with KiwiRail, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency are planning the new future train stations for Drury and Paerata.

The project is part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link) and will work with the electrification of the rail network from Papakura to Pukekohe that is already underway. Both projects are part of a long-term plan to improve transport in the Drury-Ōpāheke area over the next 10-30 years.

It's a complex project and we’re making good progress to confirm the footprints for the new stations and the supporting facilities. We’re taking the time to ensure we make the right decisions and in the coming months we’ll start carrying out technical investigations and surveys on land near the intended locations for the new stations. These preliminary investigations will give us more information to help develop the station designs in more detail.

We’ll continue to share information as we develop the station footprints and will provide another update early-2021. 

In the meantime, click here to read the latest project update including a summary of public feedback [PDF, 349 KB].

 

28 October 2020: Find out about the Ōpāheke Road to Great South Road project

Between 18 May and 19 June 2020, we asked for feedback on proposals to create safe walking and cycling paths along Ōpāheke Road, Ponga Road and Waihoehoe Road.

We’re now proposing to extend the separated walking and cycling path into Papakura from Ōpāheke Road to Great South Road. To accommodate the new walking and cycling path we’ll need to widen the intersection at Ōpāheke Road and Settlement Road. Click here to see a map and project description [PDF, 958 KB].

Opaheke Road and Settlement Road intersection

Ōpāheke Road and Settlement Road intersection

This is part of the Ōpāheke Road to Great South Road project, along with a range of other proposed road improvements, planned over the next 10-30 years to support growth in Drury.

We’re currently investigating the land that will be needed to widen the Ōpāheke Road and Settlement Road intersection in the future.

Our preferred option is to protect the land for a future roundabout on the southern side of Ōpāheke Road because it will:

  • make it safer for all road users (pedestrians, bikes and vehicles) and
  • minimise the impact on the Papakura Cemetery.

We’re currently talking to landowners about protecting the land for this project well in advance of its construction in the future.

We recognise that traffic patterns and demands are likely to change over time and the form and function of the Ōpāheke Road and Settlement Road intersection may need to be reviewed. In the future, when the final design is confirmed and the project is closer to being constructed, there will be further opportunities for community engagement. 

Future transport - what’s happening in Drury-Ōpāheke?

We’ve proposed transport improvements to be built in the future within the Drury-Ōpāheke area to give people more active transport choices, allow them to walk or cycle to public transport and connect to where they need to go. These include:

  • Upgrading State Highway 22.
  • A new Ōpāheke North-South connection and upgrade to Waihoehoe Road.
  • Upgrading Jesmond Road, Auranga Road 1 and Bremner Road.
  • Upgrading Bremner and Norrie Road (east).
  • Widening Ōpāheke Road to Great South Road, Ponga Road and Waihoehoe Road.

We’re planning now so that essential infrastructure is in place before development starts on Drury’s future town centre and future housing in surrounding areas. Over the next 30 years, the Drury – Ōpāheke structure plan will create new housing for a population of about 60,000.

This new population will increase transport trips for employment, education, and retail purposes in and around the Drury, Ōpāheke and Papakura area. Ōpāheke Road will be a key route for walking and cycling, as well as vehicle and bus trips. The proposed upgrades to Ōpāheke Road will add safe off-road walking and cycling facilities to help meet future demand.

Community engagement:

We’re currently talking to landowners about protecting the land needed in the future to widen Ōpāheke Road to Great South Road, including the intersection at Ōpāheke Road and Settlement Road, and what this may mean for their properties.

Construction of transport projects is expected over the next 10-30 years as Auckland Council rezones land in the Drury-Ōpāheke area for urban development. As our proposals progress, there will be opportunities for community engagement in the future when these transport projects are required. 

In the meantime, if you would like further information, contact us at info@supportinggrowth.nz or call 0800 GROW AKL.

 

8 October 2020: Effects of COVID-19 on the Supporting Growth Programme

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on Auckland Transport and the wider Auckland Council whānau. As a result, Auckland Council is implementing an Emergency Budget which has reduced Auckland Transport’s budget.

Unfortunately, this means that some projects in southern Auckland have now been put on hold. These include:  

  • Pukekohe Expressway and connections to State Highway 22 and the Pukekohe Urban Arterial.
  • Takaanini rail crossings (not yet started).
  • Takaanini Frequent Transport Network (not yet started).

Projects that are continuing:

Keeping you informed:

Over the coming months we’ll continue to engage with partners, stakeholders and the community to share information and keep everyone updated on all projects.

If you have any questions please contact us on our freephone number, 0800 GROW AKL (0800 4769 255) or email info@supportinggrowth.nz.

 

28 September 2020: Your feedback – what we heard and what’s happening next in southern Auckland

Between 18 May and 19 June 2020, we asked for public feedback across a range of proposed transport projects in southern Auckland.

Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback during this time.

We’ve prepared a summary of the feedback we received - you can read it by clicking here [PDF, 342 KB](external link)

Over the coming months we’ll continue to engage with the community to close the loop on your feedback. We’ll continue to share information as we refine our preferred options and progress towards route protection.

Some priority projects, such as new train stations, are happening sooner than others and will help unlock growth in southern Auckland.

Mill Road corridor

As part of the Government’s New Zealand Upgrade Programme(external link) investment announcement in January 2020, Mill Road will be delivered by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. 

Since then, significant planning and design work has been carried out, along with engagement with landowners and the community and technical investigations of the land needed in the future. There is still a lot of work to do to confirm the preferred route.

Community feedback has helped get us to where we are now. Feedback from the May – June 2020 public engagement(external link) and ongoing stakeholder engagement will help progress towards confirming the preferred route.

Click here for more information about the Mill Road project.(external link)

Thank you again for submitting your feedback. Ongoing engagement with property owners, communities, stakeholders and partners during this time is key to working together to plan the future transport for southern Auckland.

  

July 2019: Proposed future transport network for southern Auckland

Auckland Transport and Waka Kothai NZ Transport Agency has confirmed an Indicative Strategic Transport Network for southern Auckland - a vision for what future transport will look like for future growth areas in the south.

The transport network for the south outlines the options for travelling within the local area and to places further afield such as the Auckland CBD, the airport and inter-regionally to the upper North Island.

This transport network integrates with Auckland Council’s development of a structure plans that identify the mix and location of housing, employment, retail, commercial and communities in southern Auckland.

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Southern Auckland Indicative Strategic Transport Network [PDF, 2.4 MB]

The transport network is a 30-year plan for a well-connected system that will deliver great safety, accessibility and liveability outcomes in southern Auckland. It includes:

  • Ongoing investment in the rail network and frequent bus services.
  • A walking and cycling network.
  • Safety upgrades and improvements to the roading network, including on key rural routes.
  • Proposed new strategic routes including the Mill Road Corridor and an alternative route to Pukekohe, alongside other state highway upgrades.

More information is in our latest newsletter Southern Auckland Transport Connections [PDF, 2.6 MB] [, ].

Detailed descriptions of some of the projects included in the transport network plan are available below:

Other priority projects

A number of other priority projects are already underway:

Next steps

Over the next few years our programme will be progressing more detailed investigations and further engagement with project partners, stakeholders, landowners and the community, and will begin staged route protection [PDF, 54 KB] processes across all future urban growth areas and transport projects. 

Contact us

If you'd like to get in touch, call our freephone 0800 GROW AKL (4769 255) or email info@supportinggrowth.nz.

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