In September we updated you on the re-evaluation of the Petone to Grenada Link Road (P2G) project to align it with the new priorities set out in the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS).
The re-evaluation is now complete. The re-evaluation found that the need for improved east-west connections generally aligns with the Government’s priorities, but that the Petone to Grenada link road in its previously proposed form may not proceed.
The re-evaluation report recommends that the Transport Agency further investigates how best to improve resilience, safety, and east-west transport choice. This means taking a step back and ensuring other east-west options across the state highway network (the triangle formed by SH1, SH2 and SH58) are considered. The timing of this work will depend on funding availability and other nationwide funding priorities.
A package of short term resilience improvements to the existing highways was also recommended.
In endorsing the recommendations, the Transport Agency Board has noted that a link road is required, but funding will be considered at a later date. The re-evaluation recommended that construction of an east-west connection be considered for funding from 2028.
We are yet to determine timing for the short-term resilience improvements, or for investigation of the longer-term options. The timing of this work will depend on funding availability and other nationwide funding priorities