Consultation on Tolling and Speed Limits

Locals may want to add their feed back to the below – without wanting to bias your thoughts, maybe the Auckland Fuel Tax, the Targeted Transport Rate and the existing Toll charges we are liable for may influence your opinion on whether the new motorway should be tolled…

Dear Neighbour,

We’re sending you this email on behalf of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, as you have an interest in the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway.

Waka Kotahi is working hard to ensure safe, resilient and reliable travel between Pūhoi and Warkworth.

We wanted to let you know about two consultations we are about to begin. We are proposing a toll for the new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway and to ensure the alternative free route is safe, we are formally consulting on proposed lower speed limits for the current State Highway 1.

We want to know what you think of the tolling and speed limit proposals, and if there is anything we have not considered, before decisions are made.

Tolling proposal

Every new state highway in New Zealand, along with significant upgrades to existing state highways, is assessed to see if they meet the criteria to be tolled. An assessment completed last year confirmed that the Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is suitable to be a toll road. The motorway is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but this may be delayed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speed limit proposal

It’s also important that we’re ensuring the existing State Highway 1, the alternative free route, is safe. One of the best things we can do to prevent people from dying or being seriously injured on this road is reducing speed limits to make them safe and right for the road. That is why we have undertaken a review of the current speed limits on this road between L Phillips Road (near SheepWorld) and Pūhoi.

Have your say

As your feedback is important to shape what we do, we encourage you to take this opportunity to have your say.

You can provide feedback:

Feedback is open from 15 May to 15 June 2020

More information

Contact details:

Web www.nzta.govt.nz/auckland-speed-reviews or  www.nzta.govt.nz/puhoi-to-warkworth-tolling

Phone 0800 581 987

Kind regards,

the Stakeholder and Communications Team

M. 0508 7295 4636      E. info@nx2group.co.nz          W. www.nx2group.com

A.  45 Wyllie Road, Warkworth 0981     P. P.O. Box 690, Warkworth 0941

Using public transport during Alert Level 3

A slightly aspirational post, but in the event that you are able actually access Public Transport – living, as you do, in our transport-bereft little corner of the region, Auckland Transport have issued details of how services will be operating:

Kia ora,

The Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April. While some restrictions will be relaxed, many lockdown conditions remain in place. You should only travel or use public transport when your journey is absolutely essential.

While wearing of masks is not needed on public transport, we suggest that customers consider using them as an added precaution against the spread of COVID-19.

Under Alert Level 3, journeys on public transport will continue to be free, but you’ll still need to use a HOP card to tag on and off – this allows us to monitor demand and make adjustments to services if required. To make contact tracing easy if needed, we recommend you register your HOP card by visiting our website.

Trains and ferries will run to a reduced timetable. Buses will run to a near-normal timetable to provide enough capacity to allow two-metre physical distancing.

Plan ahead

If you do have to travel, visit our website and use the Journey Planner. For bus and train service updates in real-time, you can use the AT Mobile app.

The AT Mobile app now has a feature that indicates how many people are on a bus or train service at any given time. This lets you know if two-metre distancing is achievable before you board.

School buses

All Auckland Transport school buses will begin operating again from Wednesday 29 April. Buses will, however, have reduced capacity due to the need for physical distancing on board so we recommend that parents wait with their child(ren) at the bus stop until they can see if the bus has enough room on board for their child(ren).

Latest Road Closures For Motorway Related Works Update for Puhoi

Latest Road Closures For Motorway Related Works Update for Puhoi

This is the current road closure list for roadwork closures and works , with info supplied from NX2. Note that the signage boards etc. around the works may not reflect this list – as in an arrangement with NX2 they will open the road/implement stop/go when possible to allow locals to come and go when gaps in the works allow, letting us know at PuhoiNZ as frequently as possible, but they can’t keep the public signage up to date.

DateStatusStartEnd
Sunday, 16 August 2020Puhoi Road closed09:30 PM04:30 AM
Monday, 17 August 2020Puhoi Road closed09:30 PM04:30 AM
Tuesday, 18 August 2020Puhoi Road closed09:30 PM04:30 AM
Wednesday, 19 August 2020Puhoi Road closed09:30 PM04:30 AM
Thursday, 20 August 2020Puhoi Road closed09:30 PM04:30 AM

Sealing Ahuroa Road – Update from Glen Ashton

[ Update from Glen Ashton on progress of the sealing of Ahuroa Road on Ahuroa Grapevine ]

Hi all,

AT have confirmed the following timetable for sealing Ahuroa Road:

  • Presently under preliminary investigation.
  • March 2019 – Design phase
  • November 2019 to 2021 Construction phase
    Length 8.5 Km (i.e. fully sealed).

Expectation that at $5 million per annum there will be enough budget.

I am still communicating with the powers to be on why they are not allocating more of our money on road sealing. Shane Ellison the CEO of AT has admitted that is has been diverted into higher priority projects like the City Rail Link. AT reduced what seemed like a $12.1 million allocation (the Mayor announced $121 million over 10 years) to $4.7 million this year and $5 million next year. It appears that AT are “uncontrolled” and are to blame for the lack of road sealing progress. Either the Mayor and Auckland Council have lost control of AT or they are both in cohorts misleading the Rodney Rural public.

Unfortunately, unless we do something about it, our side roads will not be sealed within our lifetime, but downtown Auckland will be fabulous! Think about it every time you fill up with gas with the RFT or paying the new Local Target Transport Rate. Us rural people are being screwed by Auckland Council and Auckland Transport.

I will give a more informed update shortly.

Glen
p.s. Only 8.7 Km of new seal since 9 years in Super City.

Puhoi Park and Ride: What Do You Think?

With the proposed new bus services between Warkworth and Silverdale, there is a possibility of stop at the toll booth  area before the tunnels. This would allow a sort of ‘Park and Ride’ for Puhoi users. It’d be a 2km walk from the centre of the village with no footpath, so perhaps not a viable ‘bus service’ as such – but still could be a useful and cheap way of getting a bus into town if you can drive to the stop. Beth Houlbrooke (Local Board chair) is canvassing local opinion on this idea, so please get in touch with her with your thoughts so she can gauge support.

Beth says its unlikely that a more convenient stop for Puhoi (e.g. in the village or even at the gravel area across SH1) would be considered in the short term, but showing a need for a service will get us ‘on the radar’, especially as otherwise they might consider routing it down the new motorway later, with no possibility of a Puhoi stop as there’s no northbound entry/southbound exit [my thoughts – Mike]!

Please get in touch with Beth at beth.houlbrooke@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz or on Facebook. There is a now a poll on the Puhoi Village People facebook page to register your interest too.

Puhoi/SH1 Intersection: Good News

[ via Mahurangi Matters]

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) is planning to reduce the speed limit on State Highway One around the Puhoi intersection early next year due to the high crash rate in the area.

NZTA is beginning consultation to extend the 80kph limit from the Johnstones Hill Tunnels to beyond the intersection with Puhoi Road.

NZTA Northland safety and network performance manager Tim Crow says it initially planned to install a responsive sign, which would only reduce the speed limit when a car on Puhoi Road approached the intersection. However, a traffic survey found that the high level of traffic would mean the sign would be activated almost permanently.

A crash reduction study found there were six crashes at the intersection between 2011 and 2015, resulting in two serious and six minor injuries.

“In all of the injury outcomes, the conflict occurred between traffic turning right out of Puhoi Road and northbound traffic on State Highway 1,” Mr Crow says.

Successful Petition, Great Video

A big thanks to Sarah Churchouse for getting 290 signatures (pretty much the whole village!) on her petition to get a more appropriate speed limit around the Puho SH1 intersection. There’s still time to give your support…

Check out this great little video too,  made by Mahurangi Matters about our SH1 issue … https://www.facebook.com/Mahurangimatters/videos/1225438024153995/

Excellent presentation Kathy!

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