In November 2016, Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency awarded a Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract to the Northern Express Group (NX2) for the project. Under the PPP contract, the Northern Express Group will finance, design, construct, manage and maintain the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway for the 25 years that will follow the expected five-year period to build the motorway. Full ownership of the highway will remain with the public sector. The motorway is scheduled to open at the end of 2021, but this may be delayed by the response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Every new state highway in New Zealand, along with significant upgrades to existing state highways is assessed to see if they meet the criteria to be tolled. Waka Kotahi will be seeking feedback on the tolling proposal on Ara Tūhono – Pūhoi to Warkworth from 15 May until 15 June 2020.
For the latest construction updates, please visit the NX2 website at www.nx2group.com(external link).
For information about the previous investigation, consenting and procurement phases of the project, please read the project phases sections below.