Fears of second ‘Hill Street’ bottleneck

By: Craig Powell

A suggestion that the proposed Matakana Link Road be reduced from four lanes down to two has alarmed local community groups, who fear it may create traffic snarl ups to rival Hill Street.

Auckland Transport (AT) is under pressure from the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) to slash the cost of the $89 million road, which will connect Matakana Road to SH1.

In May, AT decided to progress the project, subject to NZTA funding subsidy approval.

But the NZTA first wants to see the outcome of investigations to discover whether the cost of the project can be cut back to less than $55 million. Read more

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