Government funds Penlink

Funding for the Penlink Road and bridge from Whangaparaoa Peninsula to Redvale is included in a package of Government investment in infrastructure announced by Minister Phil Twyford today.

The funding provides $411 million, enough to fully fund the building of a two-lane road, and brings the projected start date forward from 2025 to late 2021.

A public private partnership, long thought of as the way to get the build to happen, is no longer needed.

Labour List MP based in Rodney, Marja Lubeck says the road will be future proofed for four lanes.

She says the funding announcement is fantastic news for the people and businesses of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Silverdale, Millwater, Dairy Flat and Wainui.

Mayor Phil Goff described the funding as a “wise investment in Auckland”, providing infrastructure that will help the city cope with growth.

Other transport projects included in the package are: Mill Road corridor ($1.3 billion, starting late 2022); third lanes in each direction from Papakura to Drury ($423 million, starting late 2020); Third main heavy rail trunk line from Quay St/Britomart station to Wiri Station ($315 million, starting late 2020); Electrification of Papakura to Pukekohe line ($371 million, starting late 2020); Two new train stations in Drury ($247 million, starting 2023);Skypath and Seapath ($360 million, starting 2021).

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