Everything you need to know about Penlink - UPDATE Read 213 times since 03 Aug 2018 - 08:22:04am

Our representative met with Auckland Transport's Project Management Team to get an update on Penlink for the community.

IS PENLINK ACTUALLY HAPPENING THIS TIME AND WHEN?

A lack of funding means the actual construction of Penlink is not set to begin until 2026-2028. Penlink will be funded through Auckland's new fuel tax but Auckland Transport is looking for funding elsewhere through a Public Private Partnership. If successful, construction of Penlink could start immediately if agreed to by Auckland Council. Funding options will be presented to the Auckland Council later in the year.

ARE THERE CHANGES TO THE ORIGINAL PLAN FOR PENLINK?

The planned four-lane road may be reduced to a two-lane road in order to reduce cost. The bridge would also be reduced to two lanes but still include a shared walk/cycleway. Any reference to a four-lane update only applies to the road from East Coast Road junction to two planned intersections feeding the new developments.

WON'T THERE BE TRAFFIC JAMS IF THERE ARE ONLY TWO-LANES?

Auckland Transport will establish a permanent toll for cars travelling over the bridge and along the eastern end of the road to ‘control’ traffic flow.

WILL THERE BE AN ON/OFF RAMP FOR STILLWATER?

Access on and off Penlink are included in the current plan. Toll gates will be located on the Whangaparaoa side only so Stillwater Residents won’t pay a toll to join the motorway or drive to Silverdale.

WHAT EFFECT WILL PENLINK HAVE ON STILLWATER?

The consent given for the construction of Penlink includes restrictions for environmental and noise controls. Construction will include a short noise suppression wall where Penlink emerges into the valley opposite Coastal Heights. Rainwater run-off from the road will be collected in two ponds in the area adjacent to Stillwater. The effects of construction on Duck Creek Road traffic remain unknown. This depends on the construction methods used and will be discussed once a construction company has been chosen.

We have asked Auckland Transport to keep the Association involved in future meetings and developments to ensure we can provide the community with updates and voice community concerns.

Disclaimer: The Stillwater Community Association believes the information contained within these articles to be true at the time of posting. Please be aware that the information was received from external sources. It is not always possible to determine information’s accuracy as projects not under our control are subject to change and/or miscommunication.