East-West Connections

East-West Connections

01 Oct 2017

October 2017 

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. ###b/b###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?