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East West Link

New $1.8bn road for Auckland is not a ‘motorway’

A view of new east-west link road (in relation to Onehunga Harbour Road). Image / NZTA

One of the biggest roading projects in Auckland – costing up to $1.85 billion – is not a motorway, but an arterial road, a board of inquiry heard this morning.

Public hearings have started into the east-west link, a four-lane road connecting State Highway 1 at Sylvia Park to State Highway 20 at Onehunga, which is costed at between $1.25b and $1.85b.

In an opening statement for the New Zealand Transport Agency, Patrick Mulligan said the project presented once-in-a-lifetime benefits to the environment and community.

The transport improvements were important, Mulligan said, but it would also transform the landscape and urban design, including community aspirations for Onehunga Wharf.

“Evertyone said we are building a motorway and that’s not the case. It’s an arterial road.

“It is more than just a connection. It is also what is on the side of the road that makes people pause and feel like there is some interaction between them and the traffic on the road,” Muilligan said.

The board of inquiry, chaired by retired High Court Judge Dr John Priestley, is set to run until August 25.

The board will release a draft decision on October 9. Following comments from submitters on minor or technical matters, the board is due to make a final decision on November 22.

Construction is expected to begin late next year and be completed by 2025.

East West Link transport project to be considered

15 February 2017 | AUCKLAND & NORTHLAND

East West Link transport project to be considered by Board of Inquiry

The NZ Transport Agency has welcomed a Ministerial decision to refer its application for designation and resource consents for the East West Link project to a Board of Inquiry.

The Transport Agency lodged its application with the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in December 2016. The EPA reviewed the application and recommended that it be treated as a matter of national significance that should be referred to the Board of Inquiry.

The Transport Agency’s Auckland Highway Manager, Brett Gliddon says the Board of Inquiry will give the public and stakeholders an opportunity to provide feedback on what is proposed, while also providing industry with more certainty on the timeframes for the delivery of the project.

“The East West Link will be a vital connection in the transport network that keeps Auckland moving. Its location is at the heart of the country’s industrial and manufacturing industries. It also plays a crucial role in the economic growth of all New Zealand,” says Brett Gliddon.

The project will build a new four lane road between the Neilson Street Interchange at State Highway 20 and the Mt Wellington Interchange on State Highway 1, and widen State Highway 1 between Mt Wellington and Princes Street. It will also create new and improved connections to local roads in Onehunga and Penrose, relieving the current congestion experienced across the day on Neilson Street. It will also create a seamless walking and cycling path from Onehunga to Sylvia Park.

It’s hoped construction can start in 2018.

“We’re confident the Board of Inquiry process will ensure the Transport Agency’s application is thoroughly tested, that the process is transparent and the community and stakeholders are given full opportunity to make submissions and have their views heard.”

The Transport Agency has been working with Auckland Transport and the community since 2013 to develop the design and plans for the East West Link. There will be opportunities for ongoing design work and engagement with the community during the next stages of the project.

Details on how people can make submissions and get involved in the Board of Inquiry process are available on the EPA website: http://www.epa.govt.nz/Resource-management/.

The Transport Agency will be holding information days to give people more information on the project and the technical reports that have been lodged. These will be held at:

Monday 27 February, 5.30pm

Otahuhu Library, 28-30 Mason Avenue, Otahuhu

Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 March

Onehunga Community Centre, 83 Church Street, Onehunga

The Transport Agency has published details of its application and supporting documents on its website and encourages people to look at them and ensure they’re fully informed. The documents and more information about the project can be found at www.nzta.govt.nz/ewl-epa.

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