Waka Kotahi funding implications being analysed

Published on 15 September 2021

Road

The impact of Waka Kotahi’s funding package for Northland is being analysed by the Northland Transportation Alliance and a report on its implications will come back to Council in October 2021.

Briefly, Whangārei’s share of the package includes $6.3m to complete the design and construction of the northern section of the Kamo shared path extension – part of Council’s network of shared paths for walking and cycling between residential areas, including education, recreation and shopping areas.

The agency also allocated New Zealand Upgrade Programme (NZUP) funding to upgrade the railway line between Otiria and Whangārei to handle heavier trains, and a 19km rail spur to the port at Marsden Point.

Chief Executive Rob Forlong said he had been expecting less funding, because of the difficult economic times the country was facing, and was looking forward to seeing exactly what could be achieved with the funding received.

“At this stage it looks like we have not received funding for the Springs Flat roundabout, this time, but funding has been earmarked for stage 2 of the Port Rd / Kioreroa intersection upgrade, and we will be able to maintain roads to the correct standard. There might be a few less capital projects, but overall the announcement is a lot better than the indication we had been given in April 2021.”