Penlink

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Penlink (Peninsula Link) is the nickname for a proposed road which will create quicker route between the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and central Auckland in New Zealand. It would provide a second access off the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, and is claimed by some to be needed to unlocking large amounts of commercial land and to contribute up to $173 million to GDP during the build of the Penlink project and the estimated employment of more than 5000 jobs. It has been proposed as a toll road. It was later envisaged that it would be paid for by a part of the income from a regional fuel tax.[1]

The project's planning was originally being undertaken by Rodney District Council, Auckland Regional Council, and Transit New Zealand before 2010. With the creation of the Auckland Supercity on 1 November 2010 the project now sits with the Auckland Council.

Penlink would be approximately 7 km long and connect Whangaparaoa Peninsula with State Highway 1 at Redvale, effectively connecting the urban area of Hibiscus Coast and Bays, which runs from Waiwera south down the eastern coastline into Campbells Bay. The potential growth of the region is hampered by the Silverdale Motorway Interchange which is the traffic pinch point. Penlink addresses this and will include other modes such as Public Transport, walking and cycling.

All the land has been designated and property purchased. Auckland Council owns the project and ratepayers will be reimbursed all costs to date. The Auckland Council will fund the Project to be started in 2021.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dearnaley, Mathew (7 October 2008). "Regional fuel tax to help fund Penlink". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Penlink". Auckland Transport. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 

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