The Whāngārei to Te Hana project responds to the Government’s directive to the 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.
The project is divided into two sections, with each section having various stages:
Whāngārei to Northport includes:
- a new rail connection between Northport and the North Auckland Rail Line
- Otiria to Whangārei rail line upgrade, and
- safety improvements along State Highway 1 (SH1) between Whāngārei and Port Marsden Highway.
Port Marsden Highway to Te Hana includes:
- Port Marsden Highway to Waipu (NZ$45 million)
- Brynderwyn Hills bypass, and
- Brynderwyn to Te Hana.
This section consists of upgrades to SH1.
|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 Whangarei to Port Marsden section of the project was adjusted. The new plan sees a proposed railway connection between Northport and the North Auckland Rail Line.|