Franklin submits roading feedback

Publish Date : 18 Dec 2023

Feedback on eight Notices of Requirement from Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi around the Pukekohe Transport Network has been submitted by Franklin Local Board. 

Notices relate to acquiring land to progress the network and board deputy chair Alan Cole says the first concerns the Drury West arterial route, with the board supporting the notice as part of a connection to the Ngaakooroa train station. 

The second relates to the Drury-Pukekohe link, with the board recommending the highway from Ramarama to Pukekohe retain space for four lanes rather than the proposed two. 

“We supported the third and fourth notices, around connections at Paerata and the Pukekohe northeast arterial, but in the fifth - the southeast arterial, we don’t support using the Golding Road intersection as the outer ring road connection. 
“We’ve suggested more thought around connecting across Mill Road, and that it would be preferable a connection be at the same point as the new northeastern intersection,” he says.

The sixth notice, centred around the Pukekohe northwest upgrade, drew the largest board response, chair Angela Fulljames says. 

“We do not support funneling traffic past Pukekohe Hill Primary School because it would create safety issues, or using Helvetia Road because it would split a residential community and undermine residents’ the quality of life.” 

The board recommended reconsidering using Gun Club and Patumahoe roads as part of the outer ring route, noting it would divert traffic from residential areas and the town, and facilitate efficient freight movement. 

The board backed the seventh notice, related to the northwest upgrade’s ring road sections around Pukekohe, as proposed. 

The final notice, around a Mill Road and Pukekohe East Road upgrade received support for four lanes on Mill Rd to Harrisville Rd but recommend more work on an alternative connection to the Pukekohe ring road.  

“This work is essential to support Pukekohe-Paerata and south Drury, and the future economic, environmental, social, and cultural well-being of our area,” Fulljames says. 

The board appointed deputy chair Alan Cole to speak to the board’s views at any hearing. 

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