Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Home Purchases To Make Way For Auckland’s $1.3bn Mill Rd Project To Be Negotiated Soon

The Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is remaining tight-lipped on how much it plans to spend on a series of property purchases as part of Auckland’s $1.35 billion Mill Rd project.

When the Government rolled out its new $12 billion infrastructure funding package in January, the project was the biggest ticket on the bill.

Auckland Transport (AT), which was previously in charge of the project, had started to negotiate with affected property owners and had begun purchasing properties for the proposed corridor between Manukau and Drury. NZTA has since taken over as the lead agency and is now carrying on with the work started by AT.

The 21.5km Mill Rd arterial route, which would provide an alternative road between between Manukau and Drury running parallel and to the east of State Highway 1 (SH1), is expected to be completed by 2028.

A spokesperson for NZTA said it was planning to start negotiations with land owners soon.

“Planning is underway for property purchases in the area and we expect to start conversations with landowners over the next few months. As we are at such an early stage of this process Waka Kotahi cannot confirm how much of the budget will be used for property acquisition.”

The spokesperson said the contract for the project’s design was also expected to be signed off shortly.

Auckland Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore has been one of the Mill Rd upgrade's staunchest advocates. The Franklin Ward councillor said it was a project that had been a long time coming.

“We should have had it 20 years ago,” he said. “The road was never designed for the heavy traffic that we’re getting on it now.”

He said 80 per cent of the aggregate used in Auckland’s construction industry, which equates to over 12 million tonnes a year, comes from quarries south of Auckland that use the Mill Rd.

Cashmore said coupled with the massive population growth in the area, it was a project that has to happen.

In August last year, Auckland Council voted to sign off two structure plans which are expected to see over 34,000 homes built in the Drury and Pukekohe areas over the next 30 years. This is expected to see the total population grow in the two areas by over 100,000 people.

According to NZTA, the upgraded Mill Rd will provide a safer, more reliable and accessible road to support residential and employment growth in south Auckland.

“Part of Auckland's Supporting Growth Programme, Mill Road is an additional route from Manukau to Drury. It will provide better access for the 120,000-plus people who will make Auckland’s southern suburbs their home during the next three decades.”

It said the four-lane corridor would provide a safer way for people to travel between Manukau, Manurewa, Papakura and Drury.

Construction is expected to start in late 2022.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Eric Zuesse: U.S. Empire: Biden And Kerry Gave Orders To Ukraine’s President

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at Strategic Culture On May 19th, an implicit international political warning was issued, but it wasn’t issued between countries; it was issued between allied versus opposed factions within each of two countries: U.S. and Ukraine. ... More>>

Binoy Kampmark: Budget Cockups In The Time Of Coronavirus: Reporting Errors And Australia’s JobKeeper Scheme

Hell has, in its raging fires, ringside seats for those who like their spreadsheets. The seating, already peopled by those from human resources, white collar criminals and accountants, becomes toastier for those who make errors with those spreadsheets. ... More>>


The Dig - COVID-19: Just Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is compelling us to kick-start investment in a regenerative and zero-carbon future. We were bold enough to act quickly to stop the virus - can we now chart a course for a just recovery? More>>

The Conversation: Are New Zealand's New COVID-19 Laws And Powers Really A Step Towards A Police State?

Reaction to the New Zealand government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and resultant lockdown has ranged from high praise to criticism that its actions were illegal and its management chaotic. More>>


Keith Rankin: Universal Versus Targeted Assistance, A Muddled Dichotomy

The Commentariat There is a regular commentariat who appear on places such as 'The Panel' on Radio New Zealand (4pm on weekdays), and on panels on television shows such as Newshub Nation (TV3, weekends) and Q+A (TV1, Mondays). Generally, these panellists ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great. You are at risk from ... More>>

Caitlin Johnstone: Do You Consent To The New Cold War?

The world's worst Putin puppet is escalating tensions with Russia even further, with the Trump administration looking at withdrawal from more nuclear treaties in the near future. In addition to planning on withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty ... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Why Thinking Makes It So: Donald Trump’s Obamagate Fixation

The “gate” suffix has been wearing thin since the break-in scandal that gave it its birth. Since Watergate, virtually anything dubious and suggestive, and much more besides, is suffixed. Which brings us to the issue of President Donald Trump’s ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Ethics (and Some Of The Economics) Of Lifting The Lockdown

As New Zealand passes the half-way mark towards moving out of Level Four lockdown, the trade-offs involved in life-after-lockdown are starting to come into view. All very well for National’s finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith to claim that “The number one priority we have is to get out of the lockdown as soon as we can”…Yet as PM Jacinda Ardern pointed out a few days ago, any crude trade-off between public health and economic well-being would be a false choice... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Brutal Choices: Anders Tegnell And Sweden’s Herd Immunity Goal

If the title of epidemiological czar were to be created, its first occupant would have to be Sweden’s Anders Tegnell. He has held sway in the face of sceptics and concern that his “herd immunity” approach to COVID-19 is a dangerous, and breathtakingly ... More>>


 
 
 
 
 


 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog