We have received the most recent update from the Te Tupu Ngatahi – Supporting GrowthAlliance, (formerly known as the Transport for Urban Growth Programme), and which is the collaboration between Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport.
Those projects specific to South Auckland only have been included here;
‘In partnership with Auckland Transport, KiwiRail and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Supporting Growth Alliance is continuing to plan necessary future transport projects as these will help contribute to the economic recovery of New Zealand. Following the previous programme update in September 2020, a number of Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth Alliance transport projects are now continuing to progress through the business case process towards route protection. These projects are part of a long-term strategic transport network that will support urban growth in Auckland over the next 10 to 30 years.
1. Projects proceeding to route protection via Notice of Requirement:
We’re now underway with business cases, further investigations, and preparing Notices of Requirement (NoRs) to protect the land needed for the projects outlined below.
It’s important to remember that other than those projects that are included within the updated New Zealand Upgrade Programme, none of these projects have funding allocated for construction within the current Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP 2021 – 2031) or the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP 2021 – 2031) funding cycle.
South Auckland projects
As part of the New Zealand Upgrade Programme, KiwiRail is delivering new train stations at Drury Central, Drury West and Paerata. This includes lodging the Notices of Requirement (NoR) and resource consents. KiwiRail has applied for the Drury Central and Paerata stations to be processed under the COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 to enable work to start on these stations as soon as possible.
Notices of Requirement (designation) will then be lodged to protect the land needed for the construction of Drury West station.
As the project moves into the next phase, KiwiRail will be responsible for finalising the design and planning construction of the three stations. Construction is expected to start in 2023 and be completed by 2025.
Mill Road will become a smaller scale project – this was announced on 4 June 2021 by the Government as part of their changes to the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
Projects within the Drury Arterial Network were lodged for route protection with Auckland Council (Notice of Requirement) in January 2021.
2. Projects subject to further investigation or proceeding to Detailed Business Cases:
In September last year, some projects were put on hold as a result of budget constraints following the implementation of Auckland Council’s Emergency Budget due to the effect of COVID-19.
Following funding decisions through the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP 2021 – 2031) and the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP 2021 – 2031), some Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth projects previously identified by the Indicative Business Case will now progress to Detailed Business Cases.
Project teams have recently reformed and are now beginning their planning work for the projects outlined below:
South Auckland projects
Detailed Business Case for the Takaanini Frequent Transport Network routes and safety improvements including rail crossings and grade separations.
Further investigations into the feasibility of the Pukekohe Expressway and connections to State Highway 22 following recent changes to the New Zealand Upgrade Programme.
The next step is to undertake more detailed investigations for each of the North Auckland and South Auckland projects listed above. Through the Indicative Business Case process we have identified general study areas and preferred transport options that require further consideration and refinement.
This will include social, cultural, environmental and technical investigations as well as further consultation and engagement with partners, stakeholders, landowners and the community. ‘
Alliance Programme Director
Te Tupu Ngātahi Supporting Growth