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Foreshore highway the new east-west preferred scheme

After 2 rounds of feedback last year on the east-west link to alleviate congestion in Auckland’s main industrial area, Auckland Transport & the NZ Transport Agency promoted a foreshore route this week as their preferred approach.

The agencies are seeking feedback again, closing on Friday 17 July.

The 2 agencies have been trying to progress on 2 proposals, one for industrial traffic and the other for public transport.

The proposals for industrial traffic are aimed at improving access to & from the Onehunga-Penrose area, and the latest scheme would have a route from Sylvia Park Rd, right along the Mangere Inlet foreshore and joining the State Highway 20 route from the airport to Westgate.

The new connection is expected to be a “limited access” state highway, not a motorway.

Bus & transit lanes are proposed between Mangere, Otahuhu & Sylvia Park.

Auckland Council’s Auckland Plan identifies the east-west route, along with Ameti (the eastern route between the isthmus & Manukau) as one of Auckland’s 3 transport priorities. Work is progressing on the Ameti side but has not progressed on the Manukau Harbour side, which forms part of the Auckland accelerated projects capital funding package the Government included in its 2014 Budget.

The 2 agencies said that, pending funding approval, they will undertake more investigations on their preferred approach and confirm the land or area needed to protect the route by 2017.

More than 64,000 people work in the Onehunga-Penrose industrial zone and many of New Zealand’s largest distribution & logistics facilities are located there for their access to both state highways & connections to the rail network.

However, congestion at the highway approaches seriously hinders freight movements.

In late 2013 local communities criticised the agencies for consulting business & transport interests – and not the communities. In January 2014 the 2 agencies said they’d canned work on major road links south of the Manukau Harbour “for at least the next decade”.

Open days:

  • Saturday 20 June from 3-6pm, Onehunga Café, 259 Onehunga Mall
  • Thursday 25 June from 6-10 pm, Onehunga night markets, Dress Smart, 151 Arthur St
  • Saturday 27 June from 9am-2pm, Mangere Town Centre, 93 Bader Drive (outside the local board office)
  • Saturday 4 July from 3-6pm, Onehunga Café, 259 Onehunga Mall.

Link: Auckland Transport, East-west connections project

Earlier stories:
6 October 2014: Selwood says new east-west connection proposal leaves long-term strategy unclear
3 October 2014: East-west “connections” feedback sought – with no closing date
17 January 2014: Transport agencies ditch east-west plans south of Manukau

Attribution: Auckland Transport & NZTA release, east-west website pages.


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