The Whangārei to Te Hana project responds to the New Zealand Government’s directive to the Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency to improve connectivity between Whāngārei and Auckland. The program includes a combination of projects to deliver improved movement of people and freight between the largest city in the Northland region and Te Hana to the north of Auckland.
Following a reevaluation of the New Zeland Upgrade Programme works now include:
- Port Marsden Highway to Waipu (NZ$45 million)
- Brynderwyn Hills bypass, and
- Brynderwyn to Te Hana.
Responisibility for the Whangārei to Port Marsden section has been transferred to KiwiRail.
|Procuring Agency:||Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency|
|Aug 2017||Business case released.|
|2018||Planning placed on hold as project undergoes re-evaluation.|
|Jul 2018||The NZTA announced a re-evaluation of the project to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport. Re-evaluation was first proposed in the Draft Transport Agency Investment Proposal (TAIP) released earlier in 2018.|
|Oct 2018||NZTA completed re-evaluation in October 2018, recommending short term safety improvements and route protection, and a staged approach to providing additional capacity and offline infrastructure upgrades in the medium and long term.|
|Nov 2018||Findings from project re-evaluation released.|
|Jan 2020||First round of funding announced after re-evaluation results released.|
|Jun 2021||Following a re-evaluation of the New Zealand Upgrade Program, the Whangārei to Port Marsden section of the project was adjusted. The new plan sees the proposed SH1 improvements between Whangārei and Port Marsden replaced with a railway connection between Northport and the North Auckland Rail Line.|