Lin­coln Rd the new Te Atatu?


Lin­coln Rd busi­ness own­ers do not want a re­peat of the ‘‘ab­so­lute two-year sham­bles’’ of the Te Atatu Rd up­grade.

An $80 mil­lion up­grade has been planned for Lin­coln Rd by Auck­land Trans­port (AT) in 2023, to im­prove the ar­te­rial route be­tween Te Pai Pl and the North­west­ern Mo­tor­way. The up­grade was sim­i­lar to the Te Atatu Rd works with im­proved in­ter­sec­tions, cy­cle­ways and bus pri­or­ity mea­sures planned. Lin­coln Rd would be widened to six lanes to in­clude a T3 lane on both sides of the road, and planted me­dian strips will be built.

It was ex­pected to take two years to com­plete. Lin­coln Rd is the busiest stretch of road in west Auck­land, with about 42,000 ve­hi­cles us­ing it per day.

‘‘What we don’t want to see is the ab­so­lute two-year sham­bles of the Te Atatu Rd devel­op­ment,’’ Central Park Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion’s Garry Bates said.

‘‘It’s hard enough to com­mute, let alone have a busi­ness on Lin­coln Rd ... with Te Atatu Rd there has been some real pain.’’

West Auck­land Busi­ness Club pres­i­dent Tim Liv­ing­stone said the process for the Te Atatu Rd works was ‘‘com­pletely un­ac­cept­able’’ and if sim­i­lar hap­pened in Lin­coln Rd, busi­nesses ‘‘will go to the wall’’.

‘‘We are putting a stake and claim quite clearly that Auck­land Trans­port need to get their act to­gether when it comes to Lin­coln Rd,’’ Liv­ing­stone said.

AT spokesman Mark Han­nan said they un­der­stood the frus­tra­tions and dis­rup­tions the works on Te Atatu Rd caused but it was ‘‘in­evitable’’ there would be a level of dis­rup­tion with any road­works. He said once the Te Atatu Rd works were com­pleted, a thor­ough re­view would be car­ried out to help min­imise or mit­i­gate dis­rup­tions where pos­si­ble when Lin­coln Rd up­grade be­gins.

‘‘It’s in­evitable that there will be a level of dis­rup­tion with any road­works, that can­not be avoided,’’ Han­nan said.

‘‘How­ever, there is a lot more space to work in on Lin­coln Rd, Te Atatu is a very con­strained con­struc­tion cor­ri­dor, which will en­able dif­fer­ent strate­gies to be im­ple­mented.’’

Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford had called for an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Te Atatu Rd project.

NZ Trans­port Agency an­nounced $46.4m in ad­vanced fund­ing to AT for Lin­coln Rd up­grade on June 21.

An artist’s impression of the planned up­grade at Lin­coln Rd that will in­clude im­proved in­ter­sec­tions and cy­cle­ways.

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