Changes on the way to ease Auckland Airport traffic congestion

Auckland Airport has announced eight new initiatives to improve road traffic around the airport.

As part of the airport's 30-year vision, it's investing more than $100 million between now and 2022 in upgrades to the transport networks that feed the airport.

The changes are:

  • Providing motorists with a new direct north to south connection at Nixon Road, enabling drivers to bypass the busy main intersection at George Bolt Memorial Drive and Tom Pearce Drive.
  • A restriction on vehicles weighing more than 3500kg using the roads around the airport. 
  • Introduction of a new drop off area away from the terminal buildings with a free bus taking travellers to the check-in area. 
  • Introducing signal meters at the Jimmy Ward Crescent roundabout to manage the flow of traffic in and out of the airport area.
The changes will be in place before the summer peak.
The changes will be in place before the summer peak. Photo credit: Auckland International Airport
  • Working with the Auckland Transport Operations Centre to oversee and manage the roading network.
  • Implementing a T2 transit lane on Tom Pearce Drive to improve journey times for vehicles as well as busses. 
  • Staff working at the airport will be offered rewards in return for using public transport to and from work.
  • Upgrading the drop-off area outside the domestic terminal to simplify the flow of traffic

Beginning next year the airport will also begin works on its new Northern Network project, which involves the construction of a new terminal exit road from the airport, a widening of the George Bolt Memorial Drive, and an extension of Altitude Drive.