Fast-tracked consents lodged for next stage of project
With construction on Stage 1A of the Papakura to Drury South project already underway, and the Government announcement on 4 June confirming the full delivery of Stage 1 of the project, consents have now been lodged for the next phase of the project, Stage 1B1.
Stage 1B1 (shown in ORANGE below in the diagram) will bring significant improvements to SH1, with modifications to the Papakura interchange and a complete upgrade of the Drury interchange, nine new bridges and a shared walking and cycling pathway alongside the motorway.
Papakura to Drury South is one of 11 listed projects being consented under the Government’s COVID-19 Recovery (Fast-track Consenting) Act 2020 - introduced to accelerate projects that will create significant employment opportunities and provide a boost to local economies.
Approval of the fast-tracked consents by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will mean construction of Stage 1B1 could start as soon as 2022. Funding is already confirmed.
Stage 1B1 works and the wider Papakura to Drury South project are designed to support this fast-growing community, with improvements to connectivity, accessibility, travel choices, safety and environmental management.
At the Papakura interchange, modifications will be made to the northbound on and off ramps and a shared walking and cycling path along the western side of the motorway will extend the Southern Path north of Papakura, which opened in May 2021.
At the Drury interchange, we will be relocating the existing interchange eastwards and replacing the SH1 bridges over Great South Road and the rail line. New bridges will be built over the rail corridor to enable electrification of the Papakura to Pukekohe rail line and allow for future rail lines. The stage will also continue the third motorway lane in each direction between Drury and Papakura interchanges and improve safety with a wider motorway shoulder and new median barriers.
Other Stage 1B1 works include the replacement and raising of the Bremner Road (Jesmond) motorway overbridge and the adjacent Ngakoroa Stream bridge and construction of stormwater treatment facilities alongside SH1 to improve the quality of water entering local streams.
Consents for Stage 1B2 of the project (shown in YELLOW), which will allow for the upgrade to the motorway bridges crossing of Otuwairoa Stream (Slippery Creek), are expected to be lodged next year. This stage has been separated out for consenting purposes to allow appropriate time and consideration of the project’s impact on an identified site of cultural significance adjacent to SH1.
We are also working through the next steps for Stage 2 (Drury to Drury South) and Stage 3 (Drury South to Bombay) of the wider Papakura to Bombay project following the Government’s decision not to progress Stage 2 (including a new interchange at Drury South) as part of the NZ Upgrade Programme.”