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09 355 3550
11 July 2019
[FYI request #10570 email]
Dear Mr Pearce
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Thank you for your request of 20 June 2019 regarding future cycling and transit connections in the
Mil dale development area. We have endeavoured to answer your questions, noting that planning for
this area is still on-going and therefore we cannot give precise answers to some aspects of your queries.
Several public bus routes to serve the Mil dale area are being planned. The Regional Public Transport
Plan (RPTP) 2018 lists (on page 178, as part of Unit 46) a new bus service “Mil dale to Hibiscus Coast
Station” as part of the future public transport network, to be operational by 2024. This timing wil be
subject to the progress of the development and suitable roads for the service to operate on being
constructed (which wil largely be delivered by the developers).
We anticipate this service wil operate between Silverdale Town Centre and the new Mil dale centre via
a new local road bridge across the motorway from Highgate Parkway. The service wil then continue
from the Mil dale centre to the existing Hibiscus Coast Station via Argent Lane, which is planned to be
upgraded and extended to connect with Pine Val ey Road. The service wil operate in both directions
and is listed in the RPTP as operating every 30 minutes at all times of day, 7 days a week. The RPTP
states the peak frequency will increase to every 15 minutes by 2028.
Over time we anticipate providing further routes into the Mil dale area as it develops. However, the exact
routes and timing for their introduction are stil to be determined and depend in part on development in
As part of their work on determining the future transport networks needed to service greenfield growth
areas, Te Tupu Ngātahi – the Supporting Growth Al iance (SGA) – which is a collaboration of Auckland
Transport (AT) and the New Zealand Transport Agency is investigating the extension of a rapid transit
connection to the Mil dale area. A station near the new local road connection across the motorway is
anticipated and is planned to act as a hub for local bus services. SGA’s work wil determine the
necessary timing for the delivery of this station, however, it is currently planned for delivery in the third
decade of the ATAP programme, after 2038.
SGA is identifying key future connections that wil be required to support growth in the Milldale area.
This work has identified that Kowhai Road, Wainui Road interchange and the Hibiscus Coast Highway
interchange wil need to be upgraded to better support walking and cycling connections across the
motorway. The new Mil dale to Highgate bridge wil also cater for walking and cycling. The timing of the
delivery of this infrastructure is stil being determined.
AT is planning for appropriate safe cycling infrastructure on new arterial roads within the development
and requires developers to provide appropriate infrastructure on the col ector and local road network.
When complete the Milldale area wil have a comprehensive network of safe cycling infrastructure. The
exact timing of the delivery of this network wil depend on the rate at which the development progresses.
For additional information on these matters, please refer to www.supportinggrowth.govt.nz
information on the Supporting Growth Al iance’s work.
We trust the above information has addressed the matters raised however, should you believe that we
have not responded appropriately to your request, you have the right in accordance with section 27(3)
of the LGOIMA to make a complaint to the Office of the Ombudsman to seek an investigation and review
in regard to this matter.
If you have any further queries, please contact me on (09) 355 3553 during business hours, quoting
Local Government Official Information request number CAS-1088923-C0X2X8.
Group Manager Integrated Network Planning, Policy and Sustainability