Penlink (peninsula link road) is a proposed alternative route between the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and State Highway 1 at Redvale with construction to start within the next decade.
Project status: Investigation & design.
Project zone: North.
Penlink will connect Whangaparaoa Peninsula with State Highway 1 (SH1). The proposal includes:
- 7km of new two-lane road linking Whangaparaoa to the Northern Motorway (SH1) at Redvale.
- A new 540 metre-long, two-lane bridge over the Weiti River.
- Provision for pedestrians and cyclists.
- 100km/hr speed limit.
- Fast and frequent public transport with reliable journey times.
Penlink is 5.8 kilometres shorter than the existing route (12.5km) and is projected to reduce the journey time from Whangaparaoa to the city by 12 – 18 minutes. By reducing demand, it will also save four to five minutes for motorists continuing to use the existing route.
Uptake is projected to be approximately 10,000 vehicles per day and tolling the road will be used to manage demand. The toll is expected to be in place for the foreseeable future, with toll charges rising as necessary to meet costs and manage demand.
$66m of which will be funded from the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT). The majority of the funding is budgeted for the years 2025-2028.
Formerly envisaged as a project for the second decade, the project has been brought forward following a review under ATAP. This took account of growth in the north of Auckland following the adoption of the Auckland Council’s Unitary plan.
ATAP also considered the project suitable for a Public/Private Partnership, however, a decision on this will be subject to the final procurement and delivery model that is adopted. This will be finalised later in the year with expressions of interest sought by the end of 2018.
The three key benefits of Penlink are to:
- Reduce congestion and improve travel times and reliability.
- Improve network performance and resilience.
- Facilitate economic and residential growth, (the opportunity to live, work and play close to home) in the northern sector of Auckland and; provide transport mode choice.
- 2013 - Project reviewed in response to planned future growth; business case confirmed.
- 2014 - Designation alteration and re-consenting (for construction works); key stakeholders consulted based on a revised 4-lane road; assessment of environmental effects.
- 2015 - Statutory process for alteration to designation and resource consents.
- 2016 - Designation confirmed and resource consents approved.
Penlink is 5.8km shorter that the current route and will save commuters 12-18 minutes (commuters using the old route will also save 5 minutes due to reduced traffic).
Penlink contributes to central government and Auckland strategic policies and plans, and the Hibiscus and Bays area plan in terms of:
- Economic growth and productivity.
- Integration between land use and transport.
- Efficiency and effectiveness of the transport system.
Penlink is one of the roading projects identified in the preferred transport networks to support new housing and business areas over the next 30 years.
Reduced traffic through the Silverdale Interchange will free up transport capacity for housing development in Wainui, Silverdale West, and approved development on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula. Improved connections will also support economic activity, eg. in Dairy Flat and Silverdale.
A toll similar to the Northern Gateway is likely to be implemented once the road has been complete. There is a separate legislative process and we will need to engage the public before a toll can be implemented.
Map of Penlink route and environmental and social issues
AT has completed the route designation and has all the necessary resource consents to progress with the project.
Penlink was a historic Rodney District Council project (the Weiti Crossing was first identified in 1980s).
Land purchases were completed in 2007 and the alignment was provided for in the District Plan (designation was approved in 2001 and resource consents granted based on a 2-lane road).
The project was handed over to AT in 2010. Following a review of specimen design and growth assumptions in 2013, AT identified some necessary changes to the project:
- Increase capacity from a 2-lane to a 4-lane arterial road along the full 7 kilometres.
- Provide a separated cycling and pedestrian shared path between Duck Creek Road and Whangaparaoa Road, including over the Weiti Bridge.
- Provide grade-separated connections at Redvale, the Weiti developments, and Stillwater.
- An off-ramp and acquisition of land at Redvale Interchange.
- Alter the designation on Whangaparaoa Road for tie-ins with Penlink.
- Acquire an additional property on Duck Creek Road to avoid effects on that property due to its proximity to the alignment.
The process to alter the route designation and change the existing operational consents began in 2015 and was completed in July 2016.
Direct consultation has also been undertaken with mana whenua. Te Kawerau a Maki and Ngati Manuhiri prepared a joint cultural impact assessment.
- 2015 open day presentation posters (PDF 3MB)
- 2015 open day summary slides (PDF 2MB)
- Traffic and economic analysis - 2015 (PDF 7MB)
- Draft detailed business case - 2015 (PDF 3MB)