Where are we now? Where are we heading?

The Takaanini Level Crossings Business Case process was completed in late 2022 and has been approved by the Auckland Transport and Waka Kotahi Boards.

We have also finalised the Notice of Requirement documentation which was lodged with Auckland Council in October 2023.

Auckland Council publicly notified the Notices of Requirement in November 2023 and submissions closed in December 2023.

The public hearing and appeals process

Public hearings will take place in 2024 (currently planned for May/June 2024) where the requiring authority (Auckland Transport) and all submitters will have an opportunity to present and be heard.

Auckland Council will make a recommendation as to whether or not the designation should be confirmed in the Auckland Unitary Plan (with or without modification to the conditions) or be withdrawn. The timeline for when Auckland Council make their recommendation is unknown. The requiring authorities (Auckland Transport or NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi) make the final decision 30 working days after receiving the recommendation.

There will be an opportunity for any submitter to appeal the requiring authorities decision. Appeals are lodged with the Environment Court.

Level crossings in Takaanini Timeline

Click on the orange icons to track the progress of level crossings in Takaanini.

About Level crossings in Takaanini

As well as improved train services, we’re looking at changes to help reduce delays when people cross the tracks at level crossings in Takaanini.

In the future there will be even more trains operating across Tāmaki Makaurau. As well as improved train services, we’re looking at changes to help reduce delays and improve safety when people cross the tracks at level crossings in Takaanini.

More trains will mean bigger delays for people using level crossings because safety barriers will be down more often and for longer. Some people take risks to avoid being delayed by safety barrier arms.

We want to reduce the number of level crossings in Takaanini by replacing them with other options, like bridges that go over the tracks. This will make it safer and faster for you to move around Takaanini.

These changes are still a number of years away, but we are planning for them now to make sure, that as the population grows in South Auckland, especially in and around Takaanini, people can move around more safely and efficiently.

Where are we thinking about changing level crossings in Takaanini?