SH2 upgrades part of Govt billion dollar package

State Highway 2, between Tauranga and Omokoroa.

A four-lane Tauranga Northern Link and upgrades on SH2 to Omokoroa is included in a $6.8 billion transport infrastructure package announced by the Government today.

Transport Minister Phil Twyford says the aim is to improve safety on a "dangerous stretch of highway and unlock more housing developments in our fastest growing city and important trading port".

Labour's Tamati Coffey, Angie Warren-Clark and Jan Tinetti are in support of the Tauranga Northen Link and SH2 to Omokoroa upgrades.

“As your local Labour MPs, we join our Tauranga community in celebrating today’s decision to fix and future proof our roading network. We’ve walked the talk. Through our advocacy, we are making real progress on sorting out the long-term problems of Tauranga’s transport network and making our roads safer for families.”

A further $1.1 billion will be invested in rail and $2.2 billion will go towards new roads in Auckland.

Phil says these important projects will speed up travel times, ease congestion and make our roads safer by taking trucks off them and moving more freight to rail.

“The New Zealand Upgrade Programme reflects the Government’s balanced transport policy with $6.8 billion being invested across road, rail, public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure across New Zealand.

“This programme brings forward and funds significant projects, allowing them to be built sooner. The significant package is designed to give the construction industry certainty and confidence about future work.

“Many of these projects have been talked about for a long time, but we are the first Government to fund them. We have also made important changes.

“We must look to the future as we design this critical infrastructure. The projects have also been redesigned and future proofed to include provision for public transport and walking and cycling.

“We can do this and bring these projects forward because of our careful management of the Government’s books. It means New Zealanders can be assured they will be built as soon as possible.

“Our decision to fund these projects by taking advantage of historically low long-term interest rates means this Programme will free up funding in the National Land Transport Fund and Auckland transport budgets.”


“Our package of road investments will reduce congestion and travel times, support businesses and open up new areas for housing developments," says Phil.

  • Upgrading SH1 Whangarei to Port Marsden to four lanes will improve freight connectivity and improve productivity in the North.
  • Penlink will open up more growth north of Auckland and connect Whangaparoa residents to the successful northern busway.
  • Upgrading Mill Road to four lanes and connecting Manukau to Drury will ease traffic on SH1 and connect growing parts of Auckland with job-rich centres.
  • Widening SH1 from Papakura to Drury and building a cycleway alongside it, will get commuters to work faster.
  • Building a roundabout at the intersection of SH1/SH29 will improve safety at one of New Zealand’s most dangerous intersections. This is on the route that future proofs the extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere.
  • A four-lane Tauranga Northern Link and upgrades on SH2 to Omokoroa will improve safety on a dangerous stretch of highway and unlock more housing developments in our fastest growing city and important trading port.
  • Four-laning SH1 from Otaki to North of Levin will improve travel times and safety and boost the Horowhenua economy and its connection to Wellington and the region.
  • The second stage of SH58 safety improvements will make a key route in Greater Wellington safer and more reliable. Stage one started in late 2019.
  • The Melling interchange project will reduce the risk of flooding, help ease congestion during peak times, and the railway realignment will improve reliability and give more ‘park and ride’ options.
  • Our Christchurch package will speed up public transport in the high-growth south west of the city, improve safety in rural towns in the region and boost economic development with a more reliable route for freight to Lyttleton Port.
  • Our Queenstown transport package will greatly improve public transport into the town centre on SH6A, ease congestion on SH6 and support continued tourism growth.


"A package of targeted rail investments will get trucks off the road and improve passenger train services, particularly at busy travel times," says Phil.

  • Completing the third main rail line will remove a key bottleneck for freight and passenger services, as well as provide additional capacity for the increased services once the City Rail Link is completed.
  • Electrifying the railway track between Papakura to Pukekohe will speed up trips to the CBD. The addition of two new platforms at Pukekohe station will allow additional lines for future growth.
  • Two new railway stations in Drury Central and Drury West, along with ‘park and ride’ facilities, will give real choice to the families that move to this high growth part of Auckland.
  • Wellington rail upgrades, including in the Wairarapa, will make the lines north of the city more reliable and better able to meet growing demand.

Walking and cycling

Giving people safer options to walk and cycle in our cities means families have a healthy, congestion-free alternative to sitting in the car.

  • Aucklanders will finally get the ability to walk and cycle from the North Shore, with a shared path over the Harbour Bridge. Seapath will connect to the shared path over the Harbour Bridge and provide a fully separated, safe path for Aucklanders from Takapuna and Northcote to the city. It will also be a key tourist attraction.

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Posted on 30-01-2020 09:29 | By

Northern Link is planned to bypass Bethlehem, crossing the Wairoa near Harrison Rd and rejoining SH 2 near Loop Rd. You can find the details online via NZTA announcement.

Bayfair Underpass

Posted on 29-01-2020 20:36 | By

I wonder if any money will be allocated to keeping the underpass to Matapihi at the Bayfair Roundabout. What is the answer Phil T


Posted on 29-01-2020 19:00 | By Ross54

I wonder if the Govt will start this project before the election or wait until the result is known and cancel it again if they win

Ye Right

Posted on 29-01-2020 17:24 | By

Very interesting A four-lane Tauranga Northern Link and upgrades on SH2 to Omokoroa, so how is that going work when you have just stuffed up the Wairoa river bridge fitting a cycle clip-on to it, more wasted money when the right hand don’t know what the left had is doing.

Upgrading SH2

Posted on 29-01-2020 15:11 | By

Read the above statement again people; "A four-lane Tauranga Northern Link and upgrades on SH 2 to Omokoroa will improve safety........(sic)" Once again Katikati - you are obviously being ignored yet again for the most need bit of upgrade of SH2.

Nothing new here folks

Posted on 29-01-2020 15:02 | By

We would be 2 years into the Northern Arterial build by now if the Greens’ "let’s all ride a bike" dogma hadn’t pressured the government into stopping it. As for the Te Puna to Omokoroa section, just what does "improvements" mean?

About tine

Posted on 29-01-2020 14:41 | By

Well the Natz keep harping on about how they had it all sorted and when the Govt was changed 2017 their rhetoric was, those damn lefties stopped their roading infrastructure plans, now low and behold, fast forward to 2020 following this recent announcement, all of a sudden the Natz are crying foul. It makes no difference whatsoever whether it’s election year or not, they all play this game.


Posted on 29-01-2020 13:59 | By Merlin

Eat your heart out National you may have planned it but you never funded a lot of them in you 3 terms.The Northen Link was election bait as was a tax cut bribe each election year.The money is there now and progress desparately needed can now get going.

Upgrading state highway 2

Posted on 29-01-2020 12:56 | By Val.M

I find this very interesting. National had started it but Labour stopped it! But now election year is here it is being used as a vote catcher as though they thought of it! What?

Seeing is believing!

Posted on 29-01-2020 11:35 | By Maryfaith

All talk and no ’do’ - who do they think they are kidding? A lot of these projects have been promised, and should have been completed years ago! The Tauranga Northern Link was dumped by this government - and their ’improvements’ have just added a few ’wire cutter’ ’safetly’ barriers which force the lanes closer together!


Posted on 29-01-2020 11:18 | By

How timely . . . An election must be looming . . . political greasing.