How soon to build Penlink?

Publish Date : 22 Mar 2017
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Hibiscus Coast residents are keen to see Penlink built as soon as possible to ease congestion on Whangaparāoa Peninsula, Hibiscus Coast Highway and the surrounding area.

Penlink is a 7km, four-lane toll road linking Whangaparāoa Peninsula with State Highway 1 at Redvale, scheduled for construction in the decade starting 2028.

It has the required route designations and resource consents so it’s ready to be built.

Hibiscus and Bays Local Board is advocating strongly for an earlier start date. The local board is also working with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to bring Penlink forward because of its regional importance.

Local board chair Julia Parfitt says the recent ‘live-zoning’ and more houses in Dairy Flat, Orewa and Wainui will have a big impact.

“Eventually, another 27,000 homes are planned for this area and significant infrastructure is needed to support this anticipated growth.”

Albany Ward Councillor Wayne Walker says Penlink will be an important part of a new transport network for the growing areas of Silverdale, Wainui and Dairy Flat.

“Penlink will free up Hibiscus Coast Highway and the Silverdale interchange by attracting thousands of vehicles a day on the new link, which will be 6km shorter.

“The shorter route will reduce bus travel times from Whangaparāoa Town Centre to Auckland by 15 minutes and cycle facilities on the bridge will open up new connections between Stillwater and Whangaparāoa.”

Penlink will cost $380 million and with tolling estimated to cover only 25 per cent of the project, funding needs to be secured.

Visit the Auckland Transport website for more information.

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