AKL Update: Transport upgrades push forward

10 September 2021

Both the northern and southern entrances to the airport precinct have benefited from significant upgrades that will serve the needs of road users and the Auckland region well into the future.

Auckland Airport is investing around $160 million in these projects, including upgrades to the inner roading network. We recognise disruption on the roads can be frustrating and we are committed to completing these projects as soon as possible.

To the north, we continued to progressively complete work on our $100 million-plus Northern Network anchor infrastructure roading project, with the majority of works to be completed in October 2021. Along with other maintenance upgrades, this project was prioritised to provide long-term resilience to the transport network and key services while taking advantage of reduced traffic to complete the project and minimise disruption to road users.

Northern Network includes key improvements such as a new one-way exit road system for the international terminal, and the widening of George Bolt Memorial Drive to include high occupancy vehicle lanes with shared pedestrian and cycle paths alongside and new wayfinding gantries overhead, as well as major services upgrades to support the operation of the airport.

“We know how important the George Bolt Memorial Drive upgrade is in creating a resilient and reliable linkage between the airport and the central city. By widening the road, we’re increasing its capacity, resilience and supporting public-transport options,” André Lovatt, General Manager Infrastructure said.

To the south, Auckland Airport’s joint project with Waka Kotahi/NZ Transport Agency (NZTA), Auckland Transport, and mana whenua Te Ākitai Waiohua on SH20B is adding mass-transit lanes, with Auckland Airport contributing $32 million to the project. The upgraded SH20B connects to a new bus/rail interchange at Puhinui Station, providing a 45-minute public-transport service between Britomart and the airport.