About $4.3 billion is being invested in ten New Zealand Upgrade Programme projects for Auckland that will provide more travel choices, help people get where they’re going safely and grow the economy.
The Government recently made decisions that confirm full delivery of Waka Kotahi’s Penlink, Papakura to Drury South stage one and Northern Pathway projects. KiwiRail will deliver three new rail stations in Drury, Papakura to Pukekohe rail electrification and a new third main rail line.
Auckland metro rail programme(external link)
Construction is underway on Papakura to Drury South stage one and the third main rail line.
Penlink will open up new residential and employment areas in North Auckland, as well as provide more sustainable transport choices. The two-lane road, proposed as a toll road, with a shared walking and cycling path is due to start construction in 2022.
The preferred option for the Northern Pathway is now a standalone bridge alongside the existing Harbour Bridge. This will protect the structural and heritage integrity of the existing bridge which is a key part of the strategic transport network, as well as creating a world class link for people to travel across the harbour on foot and on bikes for generations to come.
To meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19, the Government has decided to make changes to the Mill Road and Papakura to Drury South stage two projects.
Papakura to Drury South Stage Two, including Drury South interchange, will not be progressed as part of NZUP.
For Mill Road a new scope is being investigated to deliver a two lane northern section (Flat Bush to Alfriston and within the existing corridor in Takanini) to improve safety.
There will also be investment in Drury local transport upgrades that enable additional housing, including walking, cycling and public transport connections.
South Auckland package
Updates to the Northern Pathway [PDF, 690 KB]
Updates to Mill Road and Papakura to Drury South stage two [PDF, 912 KB]
Auckland package projects