Community Feedback sort on East-West Connections
Feedback time on the multi-million dollar East West Connections otherwise formerly known as the East West Link which attracted earlier controversy when a motorway was push through South Auckland between State Highways 20 and 1.
Community feedback for next stage of East West Connections
Community feedback is being sought on options identified by the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport to improve transport connections in the Onehunga – Penrose area and reliability of bus services between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.
The Transport Agency’s spokesperson Brett Gliddon says the planned improvements are important to deliver a transport network that can continue to support the growing movement of people and goods.
“The East West Connections area is the engine room of New Zealand’s industrial and manufacturing economy and home to a number of our most vibrant communities. These improvements are needed to ensure that both the nation’s supply chains and the local transport network function effectively.”
“Public feedback to date has supported the need to address congestion and delays in the Onehunga-Penrose area, as well as improving bus services.
“No decision has been made about any of the options, and our first priority is to get feedback from the community before the project is developed further,” says Mr Gliddon.
The proposed options identify roading improvements and new cycle links on the north side of the Māngere inlet, along with some bus priority lanes between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.
Auckland Transport’s Key Strategic Initiatives Project Director, Theunis Van Schalkwyk, says creating bus priority between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park will make bus journeys faster and more reliable.
“This is a key part of delivering a Frequent Network for public transport in the area and creates a better connection for people getting to work,” he says.
The options being considered for the Onehunga – Penrose area range from upgrading existing routes, through to new connections between the Southwestern and Southern Motorways (State Highways 20 and 1). Common to all options is the improvement of public transport between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park as well as improvements to walking and cycling facilities, including the Waikaraka cycleway.
To help explain the options and get people’s feedback, the Transport Agency and Auckland Transport are planning a series of community open days this month which will be supported by workshops on specific topics.
“We had great feedback from the community in July and August and we want this to continue with the options now being proposed. We will be using the next round of feedback to further develop and investigate the options in order to assist us in identifying the best option to progress to detailed design,” Mr Gliddon says.
Open days will be held at the following locations:
- Saturday 11 October: Onehunga Primary School Hall, 122 Arthur Street, Onehunga (10am-1pm)
- Thursday 16 October: Otahuhu College Sports Pavilion, 53 Mangere Road, Ōtāhuhu (opposite Otahuhu College) (3:30pm -7:30pm)
- Sunday 19 October: Te Papapa Squash Club, Fergusson Park, Olea Road, Onehunga (1pm – 4pm)
There will also be a number of workshops on specific topics for people who would like to provide more detailed feedback. To find out more about the workshops go to www.nzta.govt.nz/east-west and firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
For more information on the options and to submit feedback, please visit the Transport Agency and Auckland Transport websites.
The East West Connections programme is one of four accelerated projects in Auckland identified by the Government to help ease congestion, support economic growth and improve safety.
In addition to East West Connections, the other projects relate to improvements on the Northern and Southern Motorways (SH1), and at the SH20A/Kirkbride Road intersection.
Full details of the East West Connections project are available at the following websites:
The Project Home Page
East West Connections
East West Connections is a joint NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Transport programme to improve freight efficiency, commuter travel, public transport and walking and cycling options over the next 30 years.
This area is the engine room of New Zealand’s industrial and manufacturing economy and home to a number of our most vibrant communities. Increasing freight volumes and the anticipated economic and population growth in the area will place increasing pressure on both the nation’s supply chains and the local transport network.
To ensure that the transport network can continue to support this growing movement of people and goods, the programme will identify the current and future issues on the transport network and look at how these can be addressed.
A project is now being carried out to address two priority issues by 2021. These are the connections into and out of Onehunga-Penrose and public transport between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park.
The project aims to:
- Create more reliable travel times and better transport connections for freights and business traffic
- Make travel time by bus quicker and more reliable by creating priority for buses.
To address these issues options have been identified for further investigation. Feedback is now being sought on these options.
Work will continue with stakeholders and the community as we seek to develop a smart transport network that addresses the issues identified and supports planned growth in the region.
Project Options Breakdown plus Feedback Links
This project aims to improve connections into and out of Onehunga-Penrose and public transport between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park. To achieve this, options have been identified for further investigation. Feedback is now being sought on these options.
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To address these transport issues a long-list of potential options were identified, this has included options that were identified by stakeholders and the community as well as options developed by the design team.
An initial screening assessment of the options was undertaken. The assessment looked at:
- transport performance
- cost and constructability
- urban design
- natural environment
- human health
- cultural and heritage.
Following the assessment a short-list of options have been identified for further investigation. Feedback is now being sought on these options.
We would like to hear your views on these options. Please come along to one of our open days, or complete ahardcopy (PDF, 5.05MB) or online feedback form. If you have any questions on any of these options please do not hesitate to contact us.
The following sets out the options being investigated. As we are still at the early stages of the options investigation we are not in a position to provide detailed information on the design of the options. For example, if an option notes that an existing road will be widened, no decision has been made as to what side of the existing road the widening may occur. The feedback we get from you will assist us to investigate the options.
- Bus priority between Māngere, Ōtāhuhu and Sylvia Park
- Improving connections into and out of Onehunga-Penrose
- Option A: Existing route upgrade
- Option B: Upgrade with South Eastern Highway ramp
- Option C: Upgrade with new Galway Street and inland connections
- Option D: Upgrade with Gloucester Park interchange and new Galway St and inland connections
- Option E: New foreshore connection
- Option F: New foreshore and inland connection
Might go along to the open days to have a look.