The building of the Penlink toll road from Whangaparaoa to Redvale has been brought forward into the current decade (2018/19–2027/28) and the Hibiscus & Bays Local Board is celebrating.
The information came in the updated Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) report, leaked to Labour’s Phil Twyford last week.
ATAP is an agreement between Government, Auckland Transport and Auckland Council about how the region’s transport system should develop and this report updates its commitments to various projects, because of substantial growth.
The building of Penlink was previously down for 2028–38.
Local board chair Julia Parfitt says the board members are very excited to see the commitment made to get this project off the ground 10 years earlier than anticipated. She says Penlink’s strong business case and the relief it will give to the Silverdale interchange were key factors.
Although the route is protected for four lanes (to be built at a cost of around $390 million) the ATAP report is looking at construction of just two lanes, at a cost of $240 million, but future proofed for widening later.
Funding remains an issue but the acceleration of the project by ATAP means it must be delivered in the stated timeframe.
The ATAP report is linked to this story here.