East West Connections project updates East West Connections project updates


6 November

Feedback is open until 26 November 2017 on proposed new bus, walking, and cycling facilities on Mount Wellington Highway, Meadow Street, Church Street, and Avenue Road in Ōtāhuhu.

Find out more about the proposals and have your say.

24 February

Atkinson Ave and Mt Wellington Highway bus and lanes, bus stops and pedestrian crossings

We are proposing some changes to Atkinson Avenue in Ōtāhuhu to make the road network safer and more accessible for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians while balancing the need for cars and freight vehicles.

Feedback closes on 14 March.

8 February

Walmsley Rd transit lane, and walking and cycling improvements

We are proposing changes to Walmsley Road, Ōtāhuhu, to optimise the road network for public transport, cyclists, and pedestrians while balancing the need for cars and freight vehicles.

Feedback is open until 17 February.

15 January

The new lower Nielson Street opened ahead of schedule on Saturday, 14 January at 3pm. Thanks to everyone for their patience and understanding over the past 3 weeks while detour routes were in place.

The new lowered road will help reduce travel times, increase truck and freight efficiency, and also enable future mass transit options to the airport.

Image: Nielson Street rail bridge before works.

neilson st before works

Image: The new lowered Nielson Street.

neilson st after works

9 January

Neilson St new road

Work is on schedule to lower Neilson Street between Galway Street and Onehunga Mall. The overbridge has been demolished and the building of the new road is well underway. All going well, the new lowered Neilson Street will be opened for use Monday, 16 January.

Traffic diversions are working well and will remain in place until the road reopens. Thanks to all road users for their understanding and co-operation.


13 December

Neilson Street Rail Bridge closed from 27 December to 15 January

Neilson Street will be closed between Onehunga Mall and Galway Street for 3 weeks to remove the rail bridge and build a new, lowered road.

  • Please avoid Neilson Street if you can, as it will be busy in the area and delays are expected.
  • Use Church Street or Campbell Road to access Onehunga or motorway on-ramps.
  • Detours will be in place for trucks and vehicles on Galway and Princes Streets to the town centre.
  • If you're going to the airport, please avoid travelling through Onehunga.
  • Plan your journey and allow extra time to travel to Dress-Smart Mall and the town centre.
  • Consider using the train or bus to Onehunga. Trains will be running as normal. Plan your journey.

9 December

Parking is no longer permitted on Neilson Street, Onehunga, between Alfred Street and Angle Street, Monday to Friday, 6am to 7pm.

Heavy traffic flows require all 4 lanes to be operational to minimise disruption and improve traffic flow.

7 November

Onehunga-Penrose connections

Stage 1 works are well underway with completion of the first phase of services diversions, construction of a temporary haul road, and work on the new footpath on Neilson Street. Additional lanes on SH20 are also being constructed.

Find out more about the Onehunga-Penrose connections.

Bus improvements for Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park

Stage 1 works: The upgrade of Māngere town centre bus station on Bader Drive is 95% complete and the FN32 bus route is fully operational. Construction of Avenue Road bus stops is 85% complete and the northern side of the FN32 bus route is fully operational.

Stage 2 works: The contract for detail design for the Walmsley Road, Station Road, Mason Road, Atkinson Road and Mt Wellington highway has been awarded and the consultant has begun design work.

Find out more about bus improvements for Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.

10 October

Work has begun on upgrading bus stops at Ōtāhuhu town centre, an upgraded bus station at Māngere town centre as well as new walking and cycling facilities. During this time, delays are expected so please plan your travel in advance.

Find out more about bus improvements for Māngere, Ōtāhuhu, and Sylvia Park.

27 September

East-West Connection Sod Turning event - MP for Maungakiekie Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Transport Minister Hon Simon Bridges, Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key, Auckland Mayor Len Brown

Prime Minister John Key and Transport Minister Simon Bridges today marked the start of work on the East-West Link roading project, one of the Government’s top priorities in Auckland.

Read the full press release on the Beehive website.

29 August

Feedback on improvements to Neilson Street, Onehunga, closed on 26 August. Thanks to everyone who provided feedback. We will report back once we have finished analysis.

5 August

Feedback is now open on improvements to Neilson Street in Onehunga until 26 August.

25 July

Feedback on bus facilities in Māngere and Ōtāhuhu town centres has now closed.

7 July

Consultation is open on the proposed bus facilities in Māngere and Ōtāhuhu town centres.

26 April

Work on a new Māngere town centre bus station and new bus stops on Avenue Road in Ōtāhuhu are set to get underway in July.


10 August

Feedback on the preferred approach for the East West Connections transport project is being analysed and a summary will be released later in the year. Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency would like to thank everyone who gave feedback.

17 June

Community feedback was sought on the preferred approach for two East West Connections priority projects.


3 November

The East West connections consultation has now closed and feedback is being analysed. We would like to thank the community for its contribution.

Read the feedback summary on the options from the 2014 consultation.

2 October

Feedback was welcomed on the proposed options for the East West Connections.

East West Connections open days and community workshops were held during the consultation period.

8 August

In July 2014, we held a consultation on where transport improvements could be made in the East West Connections programme area. A full report of the feedback received will be published in September.