Southern Corridor Update

Another update on happenings for the Southern Corridor, including part of the Franklin region, has now been published and delivered.

Auckland Mayor, Len Brown turned the first sod on the 21st October of this year – 2015.

The project will see –

  • improved safety and journey reliability on Auckland’s Southern Motorway

and extends 9.5 kms from Manukau to Papakura along SH 1.

Walking and cycling improvements have also been factored in to the improvements

Southern corridor improvements Nov 2015

Southern corridor imp Nov 2015

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Franklin’s new town…….

Franklin’s growth has been a talking point for some time as part of the greater Auckland Long Term Plan – we have Karaka growing rapidly and now there is more about  Paerata’s area – Wesley College.

Wesley College pic

According to reports , the site of Wesley College will be “transformed into a liveable town”.

Most of the college buildings, barring the historic chapel and a handful of newer buildings, will be demolished and relocated elsewhere. The sale of the sections will help secure the school’s future and fund the rest of the development.

Wesley College Trust Board general secretary Chris Johnston said the investment returns were crucial.

“The key beneficiary is Wesley College which provides for economically disadvantaged students.”

He said the plan was to transform the area and make it into the “most liveable town, within the most liveable city”.

Once built, the town would offer terraced homes, apartments, stand-alone houses, a primary school, high school, retail developments, green spaces, natural reserves and a retirement village – all interlinked with cycle, walking trails and public transport………….

………..”The rezoning will open up the Pukekohe area for new infrastructure and should provide new opportunities for those looking to live close to Auckland city.”

Pukekohe Business Association manager Kendyl Gibson said the added growth would help increase business capacity and enable residents to work locally. Plans for a high school were particularly welcome………….

……….Before any land is dug up the finer details need to be finalised, then an application for development consent could be lodged next year.

Pukekohe Paerata Map

Locals are NOT happy – Auckland may need to rethink.??…….


cropped-p1000303.jpgGenerally, Franklin is a great place to be……Kaye Maxwells Golf
cute calf

We have so much that is great here.

The  chance for a very good lifestyle, towns and rural regions conveniently located, lovely shopping, cafes, accommodation, beaches and so much more……………….

but……………………the locals are once again, feeling the effects of big brother – Auckland.

One of our local papers has some unhappy letters to the editor in response to  the train service that isn’t……..

Let’s just hope that someone can take notice of the local ratepayers and constituents!

Letters to Ed FCN July 2015


Franklin letter to ed July 2015

Roading improvements project…..

NZ TA has put out it’s latest Southern Corridor improvements Project Newsletter –
This should prove to be useful to Franklin and the rest of the country!

road pic
Quick Facts – Budget;$210 mil
Construction to start late 2015 with estimated completion in 2018
Providing additional lanes between Manukau and Papakura on the Southern Motorway
Investigations to provide walking and cycling facilities

The Transport Agency has secured funding from the Government to progress this important project which covers the stretch of Southern Motorway (SH1) from the SH20/SH1 connection at Manukau down to Papakura in the south. Additional lanes will be created both northbound and southbound, and the Takanini Interchange will be redesigned to improve safety and access onto the motorway for this important industrial hub.
Those that travel the route on a daily basis, know that bottlenecks at several locations along the motorway cause significant delays for motorists and commercial vehicles.
There are also known safety risks at the Takanini Interchange, particularly at the northbound merge onto the motorway.
The Transport Agency has been working closely with Auckland Transport during the design phase to integrate the state highway with the local road network……. We are also working with the walking and cycling teams to include a potential cycleway as part of the project to link up to the existing cycle pathways.
It’s essential that we link Auckland to the rest of New Zealand to unlock the country’s economic potential, and move people and freight more efficiently

Southern Corridor Improvements