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North Auckland

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Silverdale, Dairy Flat, Wainui and Orewa are growing fast. By 2050, the areas of land zoned for future growth will accommodate 40,000 new homes and more than 600 hectares of new business land will be developed.

To support future urban growth, a well-designed integrated transport network for North Auckland is needed. We’re proposing long-term transport projects to help everyone move around safely, easily and sustainably, whether they’re walking, cycling, using public transport or driving.

To guide our planning, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency outlined a long-term strategic transport network in 2019. It was developed with community consultation and contains options for local and longer distance trips to create a low-carbon transport system for North Auckland. Since then, the project team has investigated and developed a number of preferred options.


Key features of the long-term transport network for North Auckland: 

  • Improved access to jobs and social facilities
  • Reliable access for the movement of people and goods
  • Provide travel choices to encourage a shift to active modes (walking and cycling) and public transport
  • Provide a safe transport system for all users
  • Ensure the transport network is well integrated with the land use.

We’re working with Auckland Council to integrate our transport planning with Auckland Council’s land use aspirations for the Future Urban Zone (including the Silverdale West Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan(external link) and a future Dairy Flat metropolitan/town centre(external link)) to create high-quality and more compact future communities with greater access to walking, cycling and public transport choices. 


What long-term projects are we proposing?

We’re protecting land to enable the future development of a range of long-term transport projects:

  • A new 16km rapid transit corridor from Albany via Dairy Flat and onto Milldale providing efficient, frequent, high-quality public transport
  • Improved public transport connections for the wider area with bus priority on key routes including a high frequency bus route connecting Ōrewa and Silverdale
  • 25km of new walking and cycling paths across North Auckland
  • Improvements to State Highway 1 (SH1) including additional space to cater for more people moving around in the future, upgraded interchanges at Redvale and Silverdale and a new interchange at Wilks Road.




Where are we heading?

The North Detailed Business Case is expected to be completed mid-2023 to be considered by the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi Boards. We anticipate lodging Notice of Requirement documentation to support route protection of the preferred alignments late 2023.

Potentially impacted landowners will be contacted in mid-2023 with the offer to meet with representatives from the project team.

At these meetings, we will talk with landowners and help provide more certainty about possible property impacts and the Notice of Requirement process.

We currently anticipate submitting Notices of Requirement to Auckland Council in late 2023. Auckland Council will then formally notify property owners, who can submit and be heard at a hearing if they choose, as part of a decision making process(external link).

The majority of these projects are yet to be funded for delivery. It is anticipated they will be considered for funding in line with the long-term timeframes for the rezoning and release of land by Auckland Council.

Our planning work will integrate with Auckland Council’s land use plans including the draft Spatial Land Use Strategy for Dairy Flat and Silverdale(external link) and the Silverdale West Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan(external link) to support future growth for these areas.


Other transport projects transforming North Auckland

A number of other transport projects are already underway or being planned to transform the north of Auckland. Our programme will need to consider how these other projects relate to the long term vision for the north. Projects include: