Auckland Transport (AT), Auckland Council, and the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) are working together to develop transport networks to support Auckland’s new housing and business areas over the next 30 years.
This will include a mix of new public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure, new or upgraded roads, upgraded state highways, and optimised existing networks.
Project status: Investigation & design.
Project zone: Region-wide.
Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city - home to about a third of the nation’s population - and continues to be the country’s fastest-growing region. An additional 700,000 to 1 million people are expected to call Auckland home over the next 30 years (Statistics NZ medium and high growth projections, 2013), growth that will require about 400,000 new homes and create 277,000 new jobs.
While most of Auckland's growth will take place within the existing urban areas, around 15,000 hectares of greenfield (mainly rural) land has been identified for development in the Auckland Unitary Plan (Operative in part). This includes areas zoned ‘future urban’ (rural land zoned for future urban development), as well rural land that has been ‘live zoned’ (zoned for immediate urban development).
The majority of this growth will be located in:
- Pukekohe, Drury, Paerata, and Takanini in the south.
- Silverdale, Dairy Flat, Wainui, and Warkworth in the north.
- Kumeu, Redhills, and Whenuapai in the
Over the next 30 years, we expect there will be around 110,000 new homes and 50,000 new jobs in these growth areas (The decision version of the Auckland Unitary Plan provides for greater capacity should this be required).
AT, Auckland Council, and NZTA have collaborated to develop the transport network plan needed to support these future urban areas. The programme was formerly known as Transport for Future Urban Growth.
Developing the transport networks in these growth areas will:
- Make the existing transport network safer.
- Better integrate public transport, roads, footpaths and cycleways.
- Manage the existing network in a way that gets the most out of what we already have.
- Contribute to creating strong communities and centres with local jobs and improve access to employment and essential services.
- Provide greater transport choice for people living in growth areas and allow for high-frequency, high-quality public transport.
- Improve arterial road connections to future urban areas, and the rest of Auckland.
- Support Auckland's economic growth by maintaining travel-time reliability for freight to key industrial areas and ports.
- Help provide certainty for when growth areas will have transport networks in place and be ready for urban development.
We have developed a preferred network that covers each growth area. These transport network plans will act as overarching planning tools that will guide the transport investment, consenting, and development in each area. The ongoing planning process also links into all other planned transport initiatives for the wider north, west, and south Auckland areas.
- Download a map of the preferred network (PDF 2.33MB)
- Download an aerial map of the network (PDF 2MB)
Supporting growth in the south
Takanini, Drury and Pukekohe.
Supporting growth in the north
Silverdale, Wainui, Dairy Flat and Warkworth.
Supporting growth in the north west
Kumeu, Huapai, Whenuapai and Redhills.
The programme will begin delivering some of the key priorities laid out in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (a collaboration between Auckland Council and the New Zealand Government to improve alignment on a long-term strategic approach to transport in Auckland). We have also worked closely with the 3 water providers (water supply, stormwater, wastewater) to ensure the programme is aligned with the wider regional plans being developed for the city.
The programme supports Auckland Council’s Future Urban Land Supply Strategy that sets the order in which land is supplied for development in future growth areas to house Auckland’s growing population as infrastructure becomes available.
Involving local boards, mana
whenua and the community
Following technical assessments and 2 rounds of public feedback in February/March and April/May 2016, we developed a draft network plan of transport improvements to support growth in Auckland.
Read the Transport for Future Urban Growth combined consultation report - October 2016 (PDF 4.5MB, 164 pages).
In September/October 2016, the Boards of Auckland Transport and the NZ Transport Agency approved the overarching 30-year plan for supporting future urban growth areas.
Now there is a preferred network, projects will be delivered to support Auckland Council’s development timeline for each area, and the strategic direction of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project.
Right now, we are implementing a number of short-term projects that support the growth pressures already being experienced in Special Housing Areas and the areas ‘live zoned’ under the Auckland Unitary Plan. Funding for these projects will need to come from a range of sources to support development at the right speeds.
Many of these immediate short-term projects are already being progressed, including:
- Matakana Link Road – which has been
boughtforward to support the north-west Warkworth live-zoned areas and align with the construction of the Ara-Tūhono Pūhoi – Warkworth Road of National Significance.
- Safety improvements on State Highway 16 and State Highway 22.
- Investigations into a north-west rapid transit corridor to support growth and assist in taking pressure off the motorway network at peak times, especially for trips into the city centre.
- Upgrading the Pukekohe Train Station.
- Implementation of the Southern New Public Transport Network (bus services) in October 2016.
We are taking into account the preferred transport network in land use planning for areas such as Whenuapai. We are also seeking to confirm funding for local road network development and improvements in Whenuapai and other urgent live-zone or ‘next-in-line’ areas like Wainui.
Our next step will be to make the most of what we already have, which is in line with the Auckland Transport Alignment Project recommended
- Improvements to the motorway network, particularly in the north-west and south.
- Extending electrification of the rail line to Pukekohe to serve growth in the south.
- Improving safety by removing some road/rail level crossings.
At the same time, we will also look at protecting land for longer-term new routes. This will help to provide certainty to communities and developers on where new routes will go. It also means organisations such as utility providers and government agencies like the Ministry of Education can better plan their infrastructure, and property owners and developers have the information they need for their own decisions.
Keeping you informed
Local boards, mana
Ongoing opportunities for consultation to help us shape the design and detail of our transport projects will be offered to you as each project develops and goes through design, consent and construction.
Information for property owners
The way we
- Download the Supporting growth - delivering transport networks summary brochure (PDF 3.9MB, 7 pages).
- Download the Supporting growth - delivering transport networks brochure (PDF 7.9MB, 15 pages).
- Download the transport network for
- Download the transport network for north - Silverdale, Wainui East and Dairy Flat (PDF 906KB).
- Download the transport network for north - Warkworth (PDF 624KB).
- Download the transport network for
(PDF 1MB). northwest
- Download the aerial map of the network (PDF 5MB).