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South Auckland

Update on Takaanini Level Crossings

Why road bridges are proposed instead of underpasses

The Takaanini Level Crossings project aims to remove the level crossings in the area and replace them with better and safer ways to cross the rail lines.

Train frequencies are planned to increase over the next decade, resulting in level crossing barrier arms being down for more than half an hour of every hour which will further delay people and vehicles from crossing the tracks.

Read more about why road bridges are proposed instead of underpasses in Takaanini
(external link)

Future Transport Projects in South Auckland

Thank you to everyone who gave feedback on South Frequent Transit Networks Routes(external link) and Future transport networks in Pukekohe, Paerata and South Drury(external link). Feedback has now closed for these projects.

South Frequent Transit Network Routes

We’re planning two new bus routes, known as a Frequent Transit Network Routes (FTN) to help improve transport networks on some of South Auckland's existing roads. 

The new bus networks, totalling around 28 kilometres in length, will connect train stations with town centres in Manukau, Puhinui, Takaanini, Papakura and Drury. Typically, FTN bus routes operate at least every 15 minutes making them efficient, direct, and attractive to users.

The bus network will connect with the rail network to give people greater access to the places they want to go – like home, school, work and recreational activities.

View feedback received on our social map(external link)

Future transport networks in Pukekohe, Paerata and south Drury

The proposed future transport network in and around this area was updated following feedback from community consultation and our ongoing technical investigations. We understand that for some people, a change may be welcomed, but for others, this will be unforeseen and could result in an unexpected potential impact to their property.

The Pukekohe Detailed Business Caseprocess is expected to be completed later this year and scheduled for consideration by the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Boards in September 2023.

We expect to lodge the Notices of Requirement to designate the land required for projects in October 2023

Connecting South Auckland’s future communities

Over the next 30 years, an additional 120,000 people are expected to live in future communities in Takaanini, Ōpāheke, Drury, Paerata and Pukekohe.

Future communities need well-designed transport. We’re planning for this growth now and creating solutions for public transport, rail, road and walking and cycling paths that will serve future generations.

We’re working together with Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, to engage landowners and the community to progress transport projects that will give people lots of options to move around safely and easily.

Extending public transport connections and offering safe, accessible and low-carbon travel choices is at the heart of our long-term strategic transport network for the south of Auckland [PDF, 2.6 MB] and will help us take action on climate change.

South Auckland Indicative Strategic Transport Network map [PDF, 2.4 MB]

Projects in South Auckland 


Drury and Ōpāheke arterial road upgrades including safe, separated walking and cycling paths

In January 2021, Notices of Requirement were lodged with Auckland Council for these projects:

  • State Highway 22 upgrade
  • Jesmond to Waihoehoe West FTN upgrade
  • Waihoehoe Road East upgrade
  • Ōpāheke North-South FTN Arterial
  • Ponga Road and Ōpāheke Road upgrade

You can find out more about the Notices of Requirement (NoR) for these projects in the lodgement documents on the Auckland Council website.

All Auckland Council NoRs(external link)

Mill Road

In January 2020, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency was asked by the Government to deliver Mill Road as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme.

NZ Upgrade Programme(external link)

Between early-2020 and early-2021 significant planning and design work was carried out, along with engagement with landowners and the community and technical investigations to help confirm the preferred route.

In June 2021, the Government announced changes to some NZ Upgrade Programme projects to meet climate change and housing objectives, as well as manage cost increases and debt responsibly following COVID-19.

Read more about the changes to the Mill Road project(external link).

Rail upgrades and new train stations at Drury Central, Drury West and Paerata

As part of the NZ Upgrade Programme, funding is confirmed for three new stations for Drury and Paerata.

NZ Upgrade Programme South Auckland funding information(external link)

Community feedback was an important part of getting to where we are now. Your feedback and local knowledge, along with technical investigations, gave KiwiRail more information to develop the station designs in more detail.

The project has now moved into the next phase. The Government, through the New Zealand Upgrade Programme has provided funding for the three new train stations between Papakura and Pukekohe.

Planning approvals were granted for Paerātā and Drury Central railway stations in early 2022 and planning approvals are currently being sought for Ngākōroa (Drury West) railway station.

Construction on Drury Central and Paerātā stations is expected to get underway in late 2023 or early 2024 and be finished in 2025.

KiwiRail’s intention is to build as much as possible in parallel with the project to electrify between Papakura to Pukekohe.

Other transport projects transforming the south

A number of other priority transport projects are already underway to transform the south of Auckland and are expected to be delivered in the next 10 years:

  • Improvements to State Highway 1 between Papakura and Drury South as part of the Papakura to Bombay project (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency).
  • State Highway 22 Safe Network Programme safety improvements between Drury and Paerata (Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency).
  • Electrification of 19km of track between Papakura and Pukekohe (KiwiRail).


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