New plan for Auckland motorway

Transport bosses have backed away from controversial plans to build a motorway through the grounds of South Auckland homes and schools.

The proposal caused outrage in the community, who feared as many as 100 homes would have to go for a new road linking Mangere to Otahuhu.

Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency had considered building the road to open access to South Auckland industry.

However in a statement this morning the organisations said they would now be looking at the north side of the Manukau Harbour instead.

"This is likely to solve a number of transport-related issues in the economically significant area of Auckland," Auckland Transport key agency initiatives group manager, Rick Walden said.

"This will be welcomed by communities in the south who have expressed concerns regarding the potential impacts of the east-west link."

Walden said Auckland was a growing city and to meet anticipated growth, "future investment" throughout the city - including South Auckland - would be required.

However he said the organisation would continue to collaborate to find the best solutions.

The transport agency's acting Auckland highways manager Steve Mutton said the Onehunga and Penrose area employed 60,000 people and ensuring access was a "key priority".

Mutton said further work was needed to determine the preferred option and its impact.

The community was told of the decision at a public meeting at Wymondley Road School last night, which would have been affected by the planned route.

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