The Warkworth Business Association Transport Forum Meeting 10:30am, Friday 26 June 2020 The Oaks Retirement Village
Present: Chris Murphy, Chair, Murray Chapman, Steve Mutton, Mark Edmonds, Jon Patman, Maurie Hooper, Dave Stott, Liz Sharek, Hueline Massey, Beth Houlbrooke, Karsten Stevenson, Greg Sayers, Colin Anderson, Tim Holdgate, Kelli Sullivan, Roger Williams, Glyn Williams, Robert Jones, Kelli Sullivan, Marja Lubeck (via Zoom from 10:40am)
Welcome and Introductions from Chair, Chris Murphy That the meeting is in confidence until minutes are approved - Chris Murphy Apologies: Mark Mitchell (MP), Steve Garner (RLB), Ryan Bradley - report submitted as appended (Auckland Council), Burnette O’Connor (the Planning Collective), Michelle Seymour (supporting Growth), David Hay (One Warkworth), Mark Macky (One Warkworth), Ben Halliwell (AT), Melanie Alexander (AT). Confirmation of previous Minutes: It was assumed the date of April 20 for completion of Matakana Link road is an error. Matakana Link Road update – Colin Anderson – AT Representative The contract has been awarded to Wharehine Contractors with 30 June 2020 as site possession date. Aiming for completion end 2021 to tie in with Puhoi/Warkworth State Highway (RONS). Chris Murphy volunteered One Warkworth to share information. 10:40am Marja Lubeck joined meeting via Zoom Puhoi to Warkworth State Highway Extension (RONS)Karsten Stevenson. Land Acquisition and design of the extension of the highway at the north end of the project to connect to the Matakana Link Rd is progressing. Work is currently progressing on three parts of the north end extension. Kaipara Flats/Goatley Road construction Formation of Northern connection Hudson Road to Matakana Link Road preparations underway. State Highway One widening works continuing and any impact of these works on existing traffic will be mitigated by the following procedures.
lanes and speed reductions from Hudson Road.
Barriers both sides of road until completion of works.
Widening of State Highway One described. More night work planned at Hudson Road starting July. Congestion will be managed and not expected to be worse than usual. An operations building that will service maintenance and operation of the completed motorway is about to commence at the northern end of the main highway. Affected landowners access to be established. Working through flood plain issues. Steve Mutton NZTA advised that he will communicate publicly in due course of the financial and time impacts of COVID 19 on the project. Puhoi to Warkworth Tolling Chris Murphy advised that One Warkworth has made a submission to Council opposing tolling. The community is not at all welcoming to the idea of double tolls. It could cost almost $10/day and discourage use. Lower speed limits on the old road will not encourage drivers to use this alternative. One Warkworth is holding a public meeting to sample community views. July 16, 5 30pm for a 6pm start. Bridge House. Attendance is welcomed. Steve Mutton NZTA acknowledged One Warkworth’s input as well as Cr Sayers’s online petition submitted to the NZTA. The Minister has been provided with relevant information. Ran consultation of lower speed limits in parallel and is keen to see lower speed limits a priority. The following comments were made by meeting attendees: Chris Murphy - local business and residents should not be disadvantaged by being tolled twice. Maja Lubeck, was the tolling not discussed as a possibility in 2010? Steve Mutton NZTA advised that assessment on tolling done several times during life of project. Greg Sayers, inquired whether NZTA’s report document that would be submitted to the Minister of Transport and Cabinet would made be a public document. Steve Mutton replied it will be made available after the Ministers has decided. Murray Chapman - large percentage of our population will have huge costs by tolling. Feeling that we are being used as a “cash cow”. Where will tolling stop? People and business have to be considered. Steve Mutton NZTA - these views will be in final report. Tim Holgate asked where will the money collected from tolls go? Steve Mutton - Money collected can only be used by road it is collected by. Explained money will be used for PPP payments. Warkworth to Wellsford State Highway Extension Kelli Sullivan NZTA. Submission period closes next Monday, June 29. Council hearing will occur before the end of this year. Hill Street Intersection Roger Williams reported a rumor that work is going to be held back. Chris Murphy, advised that at the last meeting we were informed that funding is approved for the purchase of land, design and consenting although no money was allocated for actual construction. Greg Sayers advised that Council’s emergency COVID 19 budget would have the following effect - if rate increase is 3.5% work will be deferred for one year. If increase is 2.5% it will be deferred 3 to 4 years. Murray Chapman - we must continue to push for a commitment from Council to progress this work. Roger Williams, has design process begun? Dave Stott, need to set up similar process to Matakana Link Road. Chris Murphy, how can we progress, losing ground here? Steve Mutton expect no news until Budget in July. Chris Murphy, we need “election” commitment. Roger Williams, must continue design phase. Western Corridor. “Mythical Road” Chris Murphy Southern Interchange Roger Williams, main concern it is not included in Warkworth/Te Hana project or modelling for same. He considers interchange does nothing for Warkworth community. Steve Mutton - Supporting Growth Alliance – comes under this. Could be looked at during second quarter next year. Beth Houlbrooke is looking to see what’s on web site. Chris Murphy informed that Craig Mitchell NZTA is appropriate person to talk to. Traffic Modelling Roger Williams. Model we have been discussing has been used Warkworth/Te Hana. Old model will have errors, not yet been resolved. Dave Stott. Under estimating future traffic flow. One Warkworth to facilitate a discussion. Chris Murphy has asked Dave Stott to arrange. Greg Sayers will attend. Local Board – Transport Updates Beth Houlbrooke: waiting for Budget in July. Possibly no Local Board Transport Capital funding first year; footpath construction may be deferred. Transport Targeted Rate projects are safe. Once the community transport hub at the Atlas Site is complete, we will be Focusing on completing all footpaths round schools. Mahurangi River Tourism Opportunity. Chris Murphy. Restoration will bring tourists in. Generating tourism via ferry will relieve pressure on roads and provide local employment. One Warkworth are strong supporters of this project. The project is not considered a “shovel ready project” for government funding. Mahurangi River Restoration Trust and One Warkworth meeting with Marja Lubeck and Kelvin Davis, at the Oaks on 7th July - seeking 3.5million per year for 3 years. This is the last chance for this project. Marja Lubeck spoke on the river project and the forthcoming meeting. She has been lobbying hard with all Ministers. Chris Murphy thanked Marja Lubeck for all her help. General Business Nil Meeting Closed 11:40 am.
Feedback needed on NZTA Toll consultations May 2020
Hello everyone While not directly Council-related, I am sure you would all like the opportunity to be able to give feedback on two important consultations being undertaken by NZTA currently. The first is a proposal to toll the new motorway between Puhoi and Warkworth: https://nzta.govt.nz/about-us/consultations/ara-tuhono-puhoi-to-warkworth-tolling-proposal/ The second is a proposal to reduce the speed limit on the section of highway between Puhoi and Sheepworld from 100 kph to 80 kph, once the motorway is opened: https://nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh1-l-phillips-road-to-puhoi/ Please forward this to your mailing lists so that NZTA receive as many submissions as possible from the Warkworth area who will be most affected by these proposals. Sent by Beth Houlbrooke
Hill Street Temporary Makeover Jan 2020 more info here