The East West Link will provide a new link on the north side of the Mangere Inlet between State Highway 20 (SH20) at Onehunga and State Highway 1 (SH1) at Mount Wellington in Auckland.
It includes improvements on SH1 through to Princes Street in Otahuhu. The project is the main part of the broader East West Connections programme.
This link will:
address the high traffic and freight movements on congested local roads;
provide efficient freight movements between SH20 and SH1;
provide efficient freight movements between industrial areas and the port and airport; and
enable east-west improvements for public transport, walking and cycling.
The project is also featured in the "Auckland Plan" which sets out how Auckland will change and grow over the next 30 years.
Planning applications are expected to be lodged in late 2016, with approvals granted in late 2017 and construction commencing in 2018. It is targeted to be completed in 2025.
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Project stage info
Stage 1: Initial Government Announcement
NZ Transport Agency
Form of project announcement
As the engine room of New Zealand’s industrial and manufacturing economy, the Onehunga-Penrose area is a key piece in the country’s transport network. Many of the largest distribution and logistics facilities are based in the area because it is close to state highways, the rail network, the airport and the port. The area employs approximately 68,000 people and contributes $4.6 billion a year to Auckland’s economy.
However the current transport connections into and through the area are either incomplete or highly congested. This makes it slower and more expensive to move freight and these costs are passed on to customers. It also makes it harder to local residents and businesses to get around. With freight movements expected to double by 2035, it’s important to start building solutions now to address this. The project will provide the necessary infrastructure to unlock the restrictions to growth and support Auckland’s future prosperity.
Indicative timetable of project development
Planned finish date: June 2025