Yes, the Land Transport Management Act requires that a feasible and free alternative route is available. The current SH1 will be a free route for road users. At the same time as we are consulting about tolling the Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway, we are also formally consulting about improving the safety of the alternative route by lowering speed limits on the section of SH1 between L Philips Road (SheepWorld) and Pūhoi.
If a toll is in place, people travelling northbound from the Northern Gateway Toll Road will be able to exit at Pūhoi if they choose to travel on the alternative route.
There is no southbound exit from the new motorway before the Northern Gateway Toll Road. This means southbound travellers would not be able to choose the toll-free option using the current SH1 and scenic Hibiscus Coast Highway (previously State Highway 17) via Ōrewa if they joined near Warkworth.
If travelling south and there was a toll in place on Pūhoi to Warkworth, you would need to plan your route in advance if you wish to take the toll-free route. Your route options will be well signposted.