East West Connections East West Connections

East West Connections is a programme to improve public transport, walking and cycling options, commuter travel, and freight efficiency in the area between Onehunga, East Tamaki, and Auckland Airport.

Project status: On hold (Bus and cycling improvements are being delivered)
Project zone: South

Project overview

Onehunga-Penrose connections

The Onehunga-Penrose connections project is on hold pending rescoping by NZTA following ATAP funding provision of $800M.

Sylvia Park Bus 294

Southern Connections

Better transport options between South Auckland town centres, including Mangere, Ōtāhuhu, and Sylvia Park.


  • Improved travel times and travel-time reliability between the Onehunga-Penrose industrial area and State Highway 1 and the Southwestern Motorway (SH20).
  • Better safety and accessibility for cycling and walking between Mangere Bridge, Onehunga, and Sylvia Park.
  • Improved journey-time reliability for buses between SH20 and Onehunga town centre.

East West Connections is a joint programme between the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport (AT).

Project purpose

Auckland’s transport network not only supports the daily movement of people through the city, it provides a vital link in the distribution of goods around New Zealand. Over half of the country’s freight movements take place across the upper North Island.

Total freight volumes are set to double over the next 20 years, and Auckland’s population is expected to have passed the two million mark before then. Auckland needs a strong transport network, to ensure people and goods can get to where they need to go effectively and reliably.