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By 2050, there will be another 7,300 homes in Warkworth's future growth areas, and the population is expected to rise from 5,000 to around 25,000.

To support Warkworth’s growth, Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth is planning a long-term transport network so that current and future communities can have better access to safe, accessible and low-carbon transport choices.

We’re planning now so that we have enough land set aside to help people move around safely, easily and sustainably, whether they’re walking, cycling, using public transport or driving.

The majority of the proposed 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 over the next 10-30 years.

Our transport planning integrates with Auckland Council’s Warkworth Structure Plan(external link) to create high quality and more compact future communities with greater access to active and public transport options for north, south and north-east Warkworth.

Our focus is on planning for future growth now by protecting the land required for the new transport corridors before new homes and communities are built. The Warkworth network is expected to be delivered in the next 10 to 30 years.

How have we used your feedback so far?

In 2019, following extensive community and stakeholder feedback, Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (Waka Kotahi) published a long-term transport network(external link) for Warkworth. This took account of the views of the community, which included having greater transport choices with good walking and cycling facilities and frequent, reliable public transport.

Extending public transport connections and offering safe, accessible and low-carbon travel choices, to serve future communities and to take action on climate change, is at the heart of the long-term transport network proposed for Warkworth.

We're proud to be planning now to give future communities better access to greener and more sustainable transport options.

What are we proposing?

Protection of land to enable future development of new and improved walking and cycling facilities, public transport interchanges and transport corridors will give the community more ways to access social and business destinations:

  • Provision for walking and cycling paths on new and upgraded transport corridors to create a well-connected network and provide better access to sustainable travel choices
  • In the long term, two new bus interchanges are planned - a northern bus interchange with park and ride to replace the interim site and a southern bus interchange to encourage a shift to public transport.
  • In the long term, a new southern interchange to provide additional access to Ara Tūhono – the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway
  • Future new transport corridors that will connect to wider destinations, enable future land uses, provide more choice for users and add further capacity across the network
  • Future upgrades to a number of roads, including the existing State Highway 1, which in the future will function as an urban arterial road (as Ara Tūhono – the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway will become the new State Highway 1).

Next steps

We will review all feedback and consider how we can incorporate any changes to our proposed routes.

The next step is to complete more detailed investigations for all proposed projects. During 2022, environmental and technical assessments and engagement with Manawhenua, other partners, local property owners, developers and key community stakeholders will continue. This will help us make decisions to confirm the preferred options.

The Warkworth Business Case process is expected to be completed towards the end 2022 and expected to be scheduled for consideration by the AT and Waka Kotahi Boards in early 2023.

Our planning work will integrate with Auckland Council’s land use plans including the Warkworth Structure Plan(external link) to support future growth for these areas.

It will also need to consider how these projects will integrate with other priority projects such as the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth Motorway(external link) Tūhonohono ki Tai - Matakana Link Road(external link), the Hill Street Improvements(external link) and other transport upgrades delivered by the Rodney Local Board.

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 over the next 10-30 years.


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