Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate

The Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate (RLBTTR) was established in 2018 to deliver community transport services and infrastructure not included in the 2018 Regional Land Transport Plan.


Project zone: North / North-West.


Project overview

The Rodney Local Board Transport Targeted Rate was introduced by Auckland Council in 2018 after extensive community consultation. An annual rate of $150 is collected from all Rodney ratepayers by Auckland Council, and the programme is delivered by Auckland Transport on behalf of the Rodney Local Board.

The $150 per annum rateable property charge is projected to raise $46 million over 10 years to pay for new bus services and bus stops, park-and-ride facilities (Community Transport Hubs) and footpaths.

The RLBTTR was established on the principle that each subdivision within the local board area receive a proportion of the benefits that equates to the proportion of the revenue collected from that subdivision.

When RLBTTR is ring-fenced to deliver $46m worth of projects. When this level of income is reached the targeted rate collection will cease.

RLBTTR projects

The $46 million RLBTTR programme has been established specially to fund buses, bus stops, community transport hubs and footpaths in Rodney.

The Rodney Local Board recommended a long list of projects for funding from the RLBTTR. They were investigated then shortlisted for approval at local board business meetings.

Bus services

Three new bus routes were introduced in 2019:

  • Route 998 between Wellsford and Warkworth – Introduced February 2019
  • Route 128  between Helensville and Hibiscus Coast Station – Introduced February 2019
  • Route 126 between Westgate and Coatesville – Introduced May 2019.

Twenty new bus stops have been installed to support these bus routes, several following requests from the community. Twelve bus stops have been installed on the Coatesville-Riverhead Highway (Coatesville and Riverhead), one in Opoto Place in Kaukapakapa, one in Station Road in Wellsford, and four on Kahikatea Flat Road (Kaukapakapa and Waitoki). Two new bus stops have been recently installed as part of a Coatesville-Riverhead Highway footpath project.

Bus patronage numbers for all three services met or exceeded patronage targets during their first year. In May 2022, routes 126 and 998 met the requirements for regional funding and were folded into the Auckland Transport bus passenger transport network.

Community Transport Hubs

The RLBTTR is funding two new Community Transport Hubs in Warkworth and Huapai to support local bus services and address parking congestion.

An aerial view of the Walkworth Community Hub

Image: A view of the Walkworth Community Transport Hub

  • The Huapai Community Transport Hub remains under investigation. This proposed facility will provide a similar capacity to the Warkworth Community Transport Hub and provide parking for commuters catching buses on SH16. The existing nearby bus stops will be relocated and upgraded.

Footpaths

A priority for the local board and Rodney’s communities is expanding the footpath network in and between towns and villages to make it safer and easier for people to get around.

Criteria for footpath funding includes footpaths situated on busy school routes, on well-used pedestrian routes, and those that link existing areas to new developments.

The Rodney Local Board has approved $24.07 million to design and build 30 footpaths in Kumeū, Dairy Flat, Wellsford and Warkworth subdivisions. If laid end-to-end, the total length would be 10 kilometres of new pedestrian access.

The tables below show the list of footpaths approved for investigation, design and construction.

 

Footpath

Subdivision

Current Phase

Hudson Road

Warkworth

Completed

Omaha Drive

Warkworth

Completed

Dairy Flat Highway - outside Dairy Flat School

Dairy Flat

Completed

School Rd

Wellsford

Design

Alice Street (including King Street), Riverhead

Kumeū

Design

Leigh Road, Whangateau

Warkworth

Design

Coatesville-Riverhead Highway

Dairy Flat

Design

Goodall Road

Warkworth

Design

Puhoi Road

Warkworth

Design

Rodney Street

Wellsford

Design

Dairy Flat Highway - from the school to Postman Rd

Dairy Flat

Design

Coatesville-Riverhead Highway including Bus Stops

Dairy Flat

Completed

Albert Street, Leigh

Warkworth

Design

Cambridge Road, Riverhead

Matua Road and Tapu Road, Huapai

Kumeū

Design

Princes Street, Riverhead

Kumeū

Design

Queen Street/York Terrace, Riverhead

Kumeū

Design

Pakiri Road, Leigh

Warkworth

Investigation

Wech Drive

Warkworth

Investigation

Kaukapakapa Improvements

Dairy Flat

Design

Karoha Road

Kumeū

Investigation

Riverhead Road

Kumeū

Investigation

Sussex Terrace

Kumeū

Investigation

Olympus Road

Wellsford

Investigation

Point Wells Road

Warkworth

Investigation

McKinney Road

Warkworth

Investigation

Mason Heights

Warkworth

Investigation

Kaipara Flats Road

Warkworth

Investigation

School Road, Kaipara Flats

Warkworth

Investigation

Old Woodcocks Road

Warkworth

Investigation

Ahuroa Road, Ahoroa

Warkworth

Investigation

Financials

The Rodney Local Board area is divided into four subdivisions. The following allocated spend per subdivision is based on the number of rateable properties (SUIPs*) in each subdivision. *July 2018.

The table below outlines the entire RLBTTR programme budget per subdivision.

Subdivision (number of SUIPs)

Allocated spend across estimated future income per subdivision 

Dairy Flat (2,660)

$3,990,000

Kumeū (12,280)

$18,420,000

Wellsford (3,185)

$4,777,500

Warkworth (12,673)

$19,009,500

Total expected budget

$46,197,000


Further information:

For further information on RLBTTR projects, please contact the Rodney Local Board.