Auckland Transport

Matakana link road

We are working with the NZ Transport Agency to improve transport between Warkworth and the Eastern beaches to keep up with the significant population growth expected in the area.

Consultation status: closed 20 May 2017.


Project status: Investigation
Project zone: North


Project overview

The Matakana link road is a proposed 4-lane road connecting Matakana Road and State Highway 1 (SH1) and will bypass the busy Hill Street intersection.

The new road will:

  • Provide for future strong east-west connections and north-south connections which bypass central Warkworth.
  • Relieve congestion in central Warkworth and improve traffic flow.
  • Improve access to new growth areas.
  • Improve access to eastern beach destinations.
  • Provide separated cycling and walking facilities.

Design considerations

In the future, this area will develop into an extension of the Warkworth urban area and the route will be surrounded by commercial, light industrial, and residential areas. In light of this, it is important to balance the movement of people in cars and other vehicles with high quality pedestrian and cycle facilities and connections to new amenities.

The Matakana link road includes provision for separated cycling and walking facilities. Landscaping will be included along the corridor to provide separation between vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and to enhance urban amenity. Four traffic lanes - 2 in each direction - will cater for anticipated growth in the area.

A number of intersections will provide access to the growth areas on either side of the link road to support development.

A utility corridor under the footpath will be installed for future power, water and telecommunication services.

Find out more about what is being planned for the Warkworth area: Supporting growth - delivering transport networks.

Timeline

  • December 2016: Funding approved.
  • February 2017: Initial assessment and investigations.
  • March 2017: Long list of route options identified.
  • April 2017: Short list of route options identified.
  • April/May 2017: Public consultation to identify preferred option.
  • August 2017: Indicative option identified.
  • October 2017: Confirmation of preferred option.
  • Late 2017 to early 2018: Lodgement of notice of requirement and detailed design.
  • Early 2018: Public notification of Notice of Requirement.
  • Mid 2018: Notice of Requirement hearing.
  • Late 2018: Notice of Requirement recommendation/decision. Begin construction.
  • Late 2021: Finish construction.

Proposed road layout

Indicative cross-section of road

Indicative cross section of road layout

Indicative cross-section of bridge

Indicative cross section of bridge

Route options

We asked for your feedback on a short list of 4 design options for the proposed Matakana link road. Find out the next steps in the project.

Each of the 4 options joins SH1 immediately north of the Warkworth Showgrounds. They all cross farmland (Future Urban Zone and light industrial areas) and bush before connecting with Matakana Road.

Significant Ecological Areas (SEA) and Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) covenanted land

An SEA is an area established to maintain indigenous biodiversity and is protected under the Resource Management Act 1991 while a QEII covenant helps private landowners in New Zealand to protect special natural and cultural features on their land.

Options A, B, and D avoid the SEA and QEII land while option C crosses the area at its northernmost point.

Overhead map showing the route options

SH1 link overhead map showing four options

Map showing intersection locations on Matakana Road

SH1 link intersection locations Matakana Rd

Map showing the view from SH1

SH1 link to Matakana Rd view from SH1

Option A - yellow

  • Does not encroach on Warkworth Showgrounds land.
  • Connects at the intersection of Matakana Road and Clayden Road. Least desirable location for intersection because it would create an intersection of five roads in the future: Matakana Road (heading north), Matakana Road (heading south), SH1 link to Matakana Road, Clayden Road and potentially the future Matakana Road extension to Sandspit Road.
  • Spans the area of bush near Matakana Road at its widest point. Avoids the Significant Ecological Area.
  • Bush crossing my include a long bridge or two shorter bridges.
  • All routes will be steep in places, particularly on the approach to Matakana Road.
  • Encoaches most onto Future Urban Zone and light industrial land.

Option B - blue

  • Encroaches on the northern edge of the Warkworth Showgrounds. A retaining wall may be required to maintain sports field and a pathway relocation.
  • Connects with Matakana Road south of Clayden Road. Along with option D, the most desirable location for the intersection. It is positioned in an area with good visibility and may provide for direct connection for a future extension of the SH1 link to Matakana Road to Sandspit Road.
  • Spans the area of bush near Matakana Road at a narrower point than option A. Will be close to the Significant Ecological Area.
  • Bush crossing may include a bridge.
  • All routes will be steep in places, particularly on the approach to Matakana Road.
  • Offers least encroachment on Future Urban Zone and light industrial land than other options by traversing closest to the Warkworth Showgrounds.

Option C - green

  • Does not encroach on the Warkworth Showgrounds land.
  • Connects with Matakana Road south of Clayden Road and closest to Warkworth. This is the most southerly termination. It does not provide good potential for a direct connection to the future SH1 link to Matakana Road extension to Sandspit Road. This is because it is very steep to the east of Matakana Road at this location. Its location near a bend to the south does not provide for good visibility from the south compared with other options.
  • Spans the area of bush near Matakana Road at its narrowest point. Crosses over the Significant Ecological Area.
  • Bush crossing may include a bridge.
  • All routes will be steep in places, particularly on the approach to Matakana Road.
  • The route will encroach on more Future Urban Zone and light industrial land north of the showgrounds than option B but less than option A.

Option D - red

  • Connects with Matakana Road south of Clayden Road. Along with option B, the most desirable location for the intersection. It is positioned in an area with good visibility and may provide for direct connection for future SH1 link to Matakana Road extension to Sandspit Road.
  • Spans the area of bush near Matakana Road at a narrower point than option A. Will be close to the Significant Ecological Area.
  • Bush crossing may include a bridge.
  • All routes will be steep in places, particularly on the approach to Matakana Road.
  • The route will encroach on more Future Urban Zone and light industrial land north of the showgrounds than option B but less than option A.

Public engagement

Public feedback on the 4 short-listed options for the Matakana link road was open from 26 April to 20 May 2017.

We received a total of 221 submissions.

Feedback themes

Themes identified in public feedback are aligned to a large degree with the success factors we identified for the Matakana link road.

  • In terms of preference, Options D and A received the most support from the public: 35% and 28% of submissions respectively. Option B received 14% and Option C 8%.
  • Protection of the showgrounds must be taken into account was expressed in 60 of the submissions received.
  • Preservation of the bush, Significant Ecological Areas and QEII covenanted areas was expressed in 48 of the submissions received, with the options that had minimal disturbance in terms of ecological impact (Option A, B and D) preferred. A preference for as few bridge crossings as possible was favoured over multiple bridge crossings.
  • A preference for the Matakana link road to link directly to the new Ara Tūhono Puhoi to Warkworth motorway was expressed in 39 of the submissions received.
  • 23 submissions raised points regarding implications the Matakana link road will have for urban growth. 7 submitters believed the new Matakana link road did not take urban growth into account while 16 believe that it does.
  • 32 submissions expressed that options which allowed for future access to the eastern beaches/ communities is preferred.
  • Matakana link road should link at a location further north of Matakana Road was expressed by 12 submitters.
  • Matakana link road should link with Clayden Road was expressed by 11 submitters.
  • A need for efficient intersections to enable the flow of traffic was highlighted in 45 submissions. 27 expressed a preference for roundabouts, 15 for efficient intersections with no preferred intersection type and 3 for signalised intersections.
  • 11 submissions expressed support for walking and cycling facilities to feature along the road.

Feedback report

Download the Matakana link road public feedback report (PDF 592KB)

Next steps

The project team is currently reviewing feedback themes.

We designed the public consultation to gauge local opinion on the 4 short-listed options for the new link road. As such, detailed design information about the road is not yet available.

We will use the feedback from this consultation to inform the identification of an indicative option for the new road, which we will announce in October 2017. Please note that a variation of one of the options, or a combination of elements from multiple options, may form the indicative option.

Following this, we will undertake further development of the preferred option and specialist assessments. These will inform the project's Detailed Business Case, an Assessment of Environmental Effects report, resource applications, and the Notice of Requirement. Find out more about the Notice of Requirement process.


Background - long list of route options

We assessed 10 possible locations for the link road and discounted six as they did not meet these critical success factors:

  • Does not pass through the Warkworth Showgrounds.
  • Did not adversely affect the Significant Ecological Area (SEA) and the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenanted land.
  • Does not depart from appropriate AT design standards.
  • Enable future connectivity with wider proposed transport network (ie to future SH1 link to Matakana Road extension to Sandspit Road and the Warkworth Western Collector).
  • Provides for safe intersections at both ends.
  • Does not adversely affect performance of Ara Tūhono Puhoi to Warkworth motorway.
  • Provide good access to developable Future Urban Zone and light industrial land in the area.
  • Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Map showing the 10 route options

Map of long list of options for SH1 link

Option 1A and 1B evaluation - discounted

✓ Does not pass through the Warkworth Showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✗ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 2 evaluation

This option is included in the short list.

✓ Does not pass through the Warkworth Showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✓ Does not provide for future network connectivity.

Further investigation required - Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 3 evaluation - discounted

✗ Does not pass through the Warkworth Showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

Further investigation required - Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

Further investigation required - Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 4 evaluation - discounted

✗ Does not pass through the Warkworth Showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

Further investigation required - Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

Further investigation required - Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 5 evaluation - discounted

✓ Does not pass through the showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

✗ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 6 evaluation - discounted

✗ Does not pass through the showgrounds.

✗ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✗ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 7 evaluation - discounted

✓ Does not pass through the showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✗ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✗ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 8 evaluation

This option is included in the short list.

Further investigation required - Does not pass through the showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✓ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 9 evaluation

This option is included in the short list.

✓ Does not pass through the showgrounds.

Further investigation required - Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✓ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.

Route 10 evaluation

This option is included in the short list.

✓ Does not pass through the showgrounds.

✓ Does not pass through or over an QE2 Trust land or any Significant Ecological Areas.

✓ Does not significantly depart from the appropriate design standards.

✓ Provides for future network connectivity.

✓ Provides safe intersections at either end.

✓ Does not affect the performance of SH1 (Ara Tūhono).

✓ Provides access to the Future Urban Zone and the Light Industrial Zone.

Further investigation required - Must avoid or minimise any impact on known sites of interest to Mana Whenua.


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