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Supporting growth in the north


Warkworth

Warkworth is expected to grow to a substantial satellite town of more than 20,000 people over the next few decades. The decision version of the Unitary Plan provides for greater capacity should this be required. To meet this anticipated growth, around 1,000 hectares of future urban land has been identified through the independent hearings and Unitary Plan processes, mainly in the north, north-west and south of the existing Warkworth centre.

With a lot more people living in the area, significant new transport infrastructure will be needed. We’ve come up with a transport network following technical workshops and public feedback. The aim is to make the future communities well connected and great places to live.

The focus in Warkworth is to provide the community with easy access to a vibrant town centre and a range of new travel choices. Short-term strategies for managing network demands and improving safety, such as introducing smart technologies or improving the efficiency of intersections along the existing SH1, will continue to be implemented while new roading infrastructure is developed in the medium- to long-term.

Public transport

Increased public transport services are planned between Auckland and Warkworth, with a frequent express bus service along the Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance supported by local connecting bus services. Easy access to this service would be supported by a park and ride bus station being located near the Road of National Significance, Matakana Link Road and the Western Collector.

Driving

The opening of the Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance will separate regional through traffic and freight movements from the urban area. Highway traffic will move away to the west of the township and immediately reduce pressure on the urban section of SH1.

The Matakana Link Road will help reduce congestion at the Hill Street intersection, providing an alternative route from SH1. In the future an extension of this route further eastwards to either Sandspit, or a realigned SH1 connection for Sandspit Road, will also provide further relief, and improve access to the new growth areas and the eastern beaches.

With stage one construction due to start, an extension of the Western Collector arterial will also help alleviate pressure within the township by providing a strong north-south alternative route to the existing SH1 between the northern end of Warkworth and its nearby employment areas and the new residential growth areas in the west and south.

A new road network will also be investigated in the wider southern growth area when this begins to develop, providing more local road options for north-south travel and east-west movements connecting back into the existing SH1.

Cycling and walking

A cycle network will be developed to provide access to the Warkworth town centre and surrounding residential and business areas.

Transport aspirations

Through our project engagement, we confirmed community aspirations for Warkworth in relation to transportation are to:

  • Warkworth expands as a successful satellite town.
  • Separate shorter distance trips from longer distance trips
  • Improve north - south movements
  • Improve the resilience of the network
  • Improve access to education, employment and recreation opportunities in the area.

The development of the preferred network for Silverdale, Wainui and Dairy Flat will help meet these aspirations.

Map of the transport network for Warkworth

Network for Warkworth

Projects

  1. Matakana Link Road.
  2. Future Matakana Road extension to Sandspit Road.
  3. Western Collector - Northern and southern connection to State Highway 1.
  4. Ara Tūhomo-Puhoi to Warkworth Road of National Significance.
  5. Frequent bus services to Auckland.
  6. New park and ride.
  7. Implement cycle network.

Silverdale, Wainui, Dairy Flat

About 27,000 new homes, and businesses employing 13,000 people will be built on new future urban areas in Silverdale, Dairy Flat and Wainui. The decision version of the Unitary Plan provides for greater capacity should this be required.

With a lot more people living in the area, significant new transport infrastructure will be needed. The preferred transport network has been developed following technical workshops and public feedback. The aim is to make the future communities well connected and great places to live.

Potential business land has been indicated in the Silverdale area to the east of Dairy Flat Highway and on land around the airfield.

Public transport

At the heart of the future transport network in the Silverdale area will be an extension of the Rapid Transit Network linking Albany to Dairy Flat, Silverdale, Wainui and Grand Drive via an extension of the Northern Busway.

Additional stations along the Rapid Transit Network will become hubs for extended public transport services into the growth areas and Orewa, providing fast and efficient access to employment, town centres and residential areas. A high-frequency bus route connecting Orewa and Silverdale with Wainui and the Rapid Transit Network will also be developed. This will include bus lanes, bus priority at intersections and interchanges.

Driving

A range of transport options around a potential new town centre in Dairy Flat will ensure a good mix of travel choice. New and upgraded arterial roads in the growth area, including a new north-south road, will provide connections and improve safety for existing communities. An interchange incorporating both Dairy Flat and Penlink will provide good access to the area and a strong east-west connection. Capacity will be increased on SH1 in a balanced way to avoid creating bottlenecks elsewhere.

The Wainui growth area is now ‘live zoned’ with a mix of residential housing types (mixed housing, urban and suburban, apartments, and terrace housing), as well as local and neighbourhood business areas. The development of a local road network in this area will be progressed.

Cycling and walking

Dedicated walking and cycling networks linked to public transport hubs will provide a range of options for getting around.

Transport aspirations

Through our project engagement, we confirmed community aspirations for Silverdale, Wainui and Dairy Flat in relation to transportation are to:

    • Increase transport choice.
    • Separate shorter distance trips from longer distance trips.
    • Improve north - south movements.
    • Improve the resilience of the network.
    • Improve access to education, employment and recreation opportunities in the area.

The development of the preferred network for Silverdale, Wainui and Dairy Flat will help meet these aspirations.

Map of the transport network for Silverdale, Wainui and Dairy Flat

Network for Silverdale Wainui Dairy Flat

Projects

  1. Rapid Transit Network existing from Albany to Grand Drive.
  2. A high-frequency bus route connecting Orewa and Silverdale with the Rapid Transit Network.
  3. Penlink and new east-west connection to Dairy Flat.
  4. New north-south connection between Albany and Orewa.
  5. Upgraded Dairy Flat Highway.
  6. Upgraded East Coast Road.
  7. New and upgraded east-west connections including Wilks, Kahikatea Flat, Pine Valley and Awanohi Roads.
  8. Curley Avenue extension east-west connection.
  9. New connection to Grand Drive.
  10. Increased capacity on State Highway 1.
  11. Implement cycle network.