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Next steps

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 business case is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, and will be considered by the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi boards in early 2023.

Route protection of the preferred alignment (Notice of Requirement) will occur in early to mid 2023.

Our planning work will integrate with Auckland Council’s land use plans including the Warkworth Structure Plan 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 Tūhonohono ki Tai - Matakana Link Road, the Hill Street Improvements 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.

New Southern Interchange

Aerial shot of motorway

In the long-term, a proposed southern interchange on the Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth Motorway will align with the release of land in the southern growth area of Warkworth.

It also provides the opportunity to connect buses to the proposed southern public transport interchange and improve connections to future employment areas. Additionally, it will make access to the motorway easier for any freight travelling south from the new industrial land provided for in the Warkworth Structure Plan.

It would primarily serve the southern future growth areas, while Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth northern connection at SH1 will continue to serve northern Warkworth, the central township and Northland-bound through traffic.

It’s proposed that there will be south-facing ramps only. Movements to the north will be facilitated by the Warkworth to Wellsford interchange in the longer term.

The interchange will be located south of Woodcocks Road and central to the southern growth area. It will be accessed from a new arterial road, which will connect to the proposed Wider Western Link Road in the southern future urban area.

This will add to the resilience of the network, providing direct alternative access to the motorway and the southern future growth area, relieving pressure on the northern interchange and Hill Street intersection.