NZTA rebuffs Hills Street claims

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) disagrees with the comments made by the Fix Hill Street Now group and strongly refutes suggestions it has lied to the public.

System design manager Brett Gliddon says the NZTA understands the frustrations of Warkworth residents and those who regularly use the Hill Street intersection.

“We are committed to continuing to work with Auckland Transport (AT) to investigate short term solutions to help improve the capacity and efficiency of the intersection, while long term solutions will ultimately resolve the issues at the intersection,” he says.

“The NZTA and AT have agreed to work together to jointly develop a Detailed Business Case (DBC) for Hill Street intersection improvements. This will look at the feasibility of a long list of options, engagement with the community on these options and then refinement and development of a preferred design.”

Mr Gliddon says up to $2 million has been set aside to investigate and design changes to the intersection.

“NZTA is working closely with AT to work through designs that have been developed by both AT and the Warkworth community. These designs will form the list of options, which will be considered by the project team.

“Within four years, this region will have a world class motorway to improve transport choices in the region and will completely remove the current frustrations.

“When the new Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is finished in 2021, along with other upgrades such as the Matakana link road and western collector, much of the current traffic will be able to bypass Warkworth, easing a significant amount of the existing pressure on Hill Street,” Mr Gliddon says.

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