Long-term transport connections for North Auckland
North Auckland is growing fast. By 2050 it’s expected there will be at least 41,000 new homes, 22,000 new jobs and 110,000 new residents. Most of this future growth will occur in Silverdale, Dairy Flat, Wainui and Ōrewa.
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.
We’re planning now because it’s important to protect the land needed to build new transport projects over the next 20 to 30 years as development occurs. 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.
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 a number of preferred options for corridors within the network.
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 and a future Dairy Flat metropolitan/town centre) 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.
|New/Upgraded State Highway 1 Interchange|
|State Highway corridor upgrades|
|Walking and cycling paths|
|Rapid transit corridor|
|Upgraded road corridors|
|New road corridors|
|Future Urban Zone|
We will review all feedback and look into whether we can incorporate any suggested changes to our preferred options.
The next step is to complete more detailed investigations for all preferred options. During 2022, environmental and technical assessments will continue along with engagement with Manawhenua, partners, local property owners, developers and key community stakeholders. This will help us make decisions to confirm the preferred options.
The North Auckland Detailed Business Case process is expected to be completed in early 2023 and scheduled for consideration by the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi Boards in mid-2023.
Where are we heading?
We are working towards lodging our Notice of Requirement (NoR) documentation to protect the land we need. Once this is finalised it will be lodged with either Waka Kotahi or Auckland Transport as the requiring authorities. An important part of developing a NoR is consulting with those potentially affected – the community, Manawhenua, businesses, government and community organisations.
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.
Our planning work will integrate with Auckland Council’s land use plans including the draft Spatial Land Use Strategy for Dairy Flat and Silverdale and the Silverdale West Dairy Flat Industrial Area Structure Plan to support future growth for these areas.