East Tamaki is a major employment hub for 30,000 staff. The efficient movement of both freight and people is key to the ability of businesses to improve productivity and to attract and retain staff.
Our transport strategy takes a two-pronged approach to addressing congestion:
- Advocating for roading infrastructure improvements (e.g. East-West Link and local roads), and
- Supporting local businesses with travel planning (Travelwise Choices)
Regional Land Transport Plan 2018-2028
On 1 May Auckland Council released their proposed Draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2018-2028 and Draft Regional Fuel Tax document, outlining the vision for Auckland's transport infrastructure, how it will be funded including priority projects and budgets. In addition to the proposal to introduce a Regional Fuel Tax, of key importance to East Tamaki is the inclusion in both draft documents of the long awaited Smales/Allens Road widening and intersection upgrade - a major bottleneck in the precinct.Read More
The Smales / Allens intersection upgrade delivers improvements to a key bottleneck in the East Tamaki area which will, in particular, have benefits for freight movements and other business related traffic. The intersection of Smales, Allens, Springs and Harris roads will be upgraded, and Smales and Allens roads will be widened near the intersection. The project has a very high Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) as it delivers sizeable travel time benefits for a relatively small level of investment. From page 17 Draft Regional Fuel Tax Proposal Document. With this acknowledgement by Auckland Transport, GETBA is lobbying for this project to commence early within the ten year period.
The proposed Regional Fuel Tax would also enable Stages 2, 3 and 4 of the AMETI Eastern Busway to be accelerated. Auckland Transport anticipates that this project will encourage increased use of public and active transport which will free up road capacity for freight and business traffic. However, the project does recognise that some key congestion points along primary vehicle routes will still need to be unlocked via targeted road improvements or new connections. We will be lobbying for this to happen in key hot spot areas.
Final decisions will be made available on the AT website in late June.Read Less
AMETI Eastern Busway
AMETI Information Session with Auckland Transport: Tues 20 February
Auckland Transport has been negotiating with individual property owners along Ti Rakau Drive on the design and land acquisition requirements of the Pakuranga to Botany stage of this project. This was an opportunity for all affected business and property owners to meet the AMETI project team, see the latest designs and get an understanding of the project timelines. The team answered questions and listenened to feedback. Click here to read the AMETI Update that was presented at the Information Session on 20th Feb.
The AMETI Eastern Busway project is separated into various stages, including Panmure to Pakuranga, Pakuranga Town Centre and Reeves Road flyover, Pakuranga to Botany and a new bus station at Botany Town Centre. The busway will be complete in 2026.
The government announced the long delayed AMETI project is to receive a further $615 million as part of a $2.6 billion transport funding package for Auckland.
September 2016 - Reeves Road flyover reinstated!
This key component of the of the AMETI transport project was dumped by Auckland Transport, so it was satisfying to have it reinstated and identified as a priority in the ATAP report recently released by Transport Minister Simon Bridges. The report is the conclusion of a joint project between the Government and Auckland Council to agree an approach for developing the city’s transport system over the next 30 years. ATAP Report
The new government has put a halt to advancement of the East West connections roading project...
The new government has put a halt to advancement of the East West connections roading project.
July 2016. Consultation closed mid July on the design for the East West Link on the north side of the Mangere Inlet between SH20 at Onehunga and SH1 at Mt Wellington, to improve connections into and out of the Onehunga-Penrose area. It includes key interchanges at Neilson Street and Princes Street and improvements on SH1 through to Princes Street in Otahuhu. The project is the main part of the broader East West Connections programme encompassing East Tamaki and the Airport, with 130,000 people employed in the wider area generating $10 billion a year in GDP.
January 2016. The Prime Minister announced on 27 January that the East West Connection between SH1 and SH20 (Onehunga to Penrose) would be funded nationally by the Land Transport Fund and will go through a streamlined consenting process to bring forward its construction to 2018.
June 2015. The NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport have identified the preferred approach for the East West Connections project to improve freight connections into and out of the Onehunga-Penrose industrial hub, as well as the reliability of bus services between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.
While fixing this area will assist East Tamaki freight companies who drive in and out of that heavily congested area daily, there is no mention of timing, and there is still more consultation being undertaken. GETBA believes the work needs to be fast-tracked so that the next stage of connecting to the East can be planned and undertaken. While this route protects potential options to connect to the East Tamaki industrial area and eastern suburbs, we still want a full East-West solution, not just a partial fix. GETBA will continue to lobby for the upgrade of Highbrook Drive and motorway interchange, and the link with the extension of Gossamer Drive. We don’t want to still be saying “where is the East in the East West Link” in ten years’ time.
October 2014. With a mandate from the Prime Minister in June 2013, Auckland Transport and NZTA have been considering options to enable easier freight movements between Onehunga, Penrose and East Tamaki - areas which have some of the highest freight volumes in NZ. After much consultation, in early October 2014 NZTA released 6 options to improve connections into and out of Onehunga-Penrose. This reduction in the project scope is of concern! GETBA advocated for a long term strategic solution incorporating the East. While the proposals will help to address the costly slow traffic movements in the Onehunga-Penrose area, connectivity to East Tamaki is not planned for in what has been released. We have concerns that this piecemeal approach will only make for poor integration and potential delays down the track. GETBA will continue to lobby for the upgrade of Highbrook Drive and motorway interchange, and the link with the extension of Gossamer Drive. Otherwise, where is the East in the East-West Link?Read Less
Public Transport Eastern Network
The new eastern bus network took effect on 10 December. In late 2015 GETBA consulted with local companies and their employees...
The new eastern bus network took effect on 10 December. In late 2015 GETBA consulted with local companies and their employees and submitted on the proposed Eastern Network changes with the view to enabling better connectivity to the industrial precinct addressing the needs of workers. More info
Draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015/25 (RLTP)
This is the sister document to the Draft Long Term Plan. The Draft RLTP requires feedback on options for a Basic Transport Network or an Advanced Network (The Auckland Plan Network). Under the Basic option...
This is the sister document to the Draft Long Term Plan. The Draft RLTP requires feedback on options for a Basic Transport Network or an Advanced Network (The Auckland Plan Network). Under the Basic option The City Rail Network will be funded at the expense of a number of other possible transport projects and is based on a 3.5% rates increase. The Auckland Plan Network option funds the City Rail Link and a larger number of other transport projects, based on a motorway user charge of $2 per trip or 1% rates increase and 1.2 cents per litre fuel tax. There is no option presented not to fund the City Rail Link.
Submissions closed on 16 March. Click here for GETBA's submission.Read Less
Public Transport Southern Network 2015 - successful submission!
GETBA made a submission after consulting with local businesses on the impact of the proposed changes, and we can now proudly confirm that three of the changes...Read More
Delayed planned roading developments
- Gossamer/Trugood/Cryers/Harris area
Auckland Transport are proposing to create an extra lane from Ti Rakau into Gossamer in 2018 as an interim measure prior to AMETI (2025!). We continue to lobby for a roundabout at the corner of Cryers Road and Trugood Drive.
- Widening of Smales and Allens Roads and new intersection
Construction originally set for 2016 - 2017, dependent on funding. Since allocated a lower priority and no funding allocated at this point.
- Realignment of the Preston/East Tamaki and Ormiston Road intersection
Construction originally set for 2015 - 2016, dependent on funding. Since allocated a lower priority and no funding allocated at this point.