Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency is asking people to have their say on a proposal to toll the Ara Tūhono Pūhoi to
Warkworth motorway when it opens.
At the same time, Waka Kotahi is asking for formal submissions on their proposal to reduce speed limits on sections of
the existing State Highway 1 from Pūhoi to north of Warkworth to make it safer for road users now and in the future.
The existing State Highway 1 will be the free alternative route if the new motorway is tolled, says Waka Kotahi Director
of Regional Relationships, Steve Mutton.
“We want to be clear with people that while these are separate proposals, Waka Kotahi is running the consultations in
parallel to ensure people understand the full picture of plans for the area and they can consider the speed review and
tolling proposals together and give more informed feedback.”
Public consultation on the tolling and lower speed limit proposals will open on 15 May and end on 15 June. Find out more
and make a formal submission at https://www.nzta.govt.nz/about-us/consultations/
Tolling the new Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway
The new Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway will extend the four-lane Northern Motorway (SH1) 18.5km from the
Johnstones Hill tunnels to just north of Warkworth. It will connect to the Northern Gateway section of SH1 south of the
Johnstones Hills Tunnels, which is already tolled.
The new motorway will be separated and will vastly improve the safety, connectivity and resilience of the network
between Northland and Auckland, helping to boost the economic potential of the Northland region.
Waka Kotahi contracted NX2 in a Public Private Partnership to construct the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway. While the NX2
private-sector consortium is responsible for financing, designing, building, maintaining and operating the motorway for
up to 25 years, the motorway will remain a public asset. Tolling revenue will pay for the construction and maintenance
The proposed toll and method of payment would be consistent with the Northern Gateway toll road, which is currently
$2.40 for light vehicles and $4.80 for heavy vehicles. There will be a separate toll for each section of motorway.
If the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is tolled, people can choose to travel on the existing State Highway 1 instead which
will be maintained as a free, safe alternative route.
The motorway is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but this may be delayed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Lower speed limits
Waka Kotahi is also seeking formal public submissions on reducing the speed limits on sections of the current State
Highway between Pūhoi and L Phillips Road (Sheepworld), north of Warkworth.
“The existing state highway has a high crash history and making it safer for all road users is a priority for Waka
Kotahi,” says Steve Mutton.
“Speed increases both the likelihood of crashes and their severity. Most crashes are caused by a number of factors, but
even when it’s not the cause of a crash, speed is most likely to determine whether anyone is killed, injured, or walks
In October 2019 Waka Kotahi received feedback from the local community, our partners, organisations and road users
regarding how they feel about the current speed limits on this section of the state highway. Waka Kotahi has read all
the feedback and used these insights along with its technical analysis and is now formally consulting on proposed speed
limit changes for this road.
For more information on the speed review, go to https://nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh1-l-phillips-road-to-puhoi/
Waka Kotahi consultation processes usually provide various opportunities for face-to-face engagement. However, due to
the restrictions associated with Covid-19 and our commitment to reducing the risk of the virus spreading, we continue to
take a careful approach to our public engagement, and we will provide online opportunities for your feedback. We
acknowledge this is a difficult and uncertain time for all of us.
Public consultation on both the motorway tolling and speed limits proposal is open from 15 May until 15 June. For more
information, and to make a submission go to https://www.nzta.govt.nz/about-us/consultations/