NZ’s highway PPP suffers latest delay

New Zealand’s Ara Tuhono - Puhoi to Warkworth motorway is to delay its opening until next year.

New Zealand’s Ara Tūhono - Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway is to delay its opening until next year.

The announcement by the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency cited extended Covid-19 lockdowns and supply chain issues as the cause of the extension.

The Northern Express Group (NX2) consortium, which features Acciona, Fletcher, HRL Morrison and ACC as equity partners, won the contract to deliver the 18.5km highway, which will link together Auckland and Northland, and was originally due to open the road last year.

The news follows the delay-stricken Transmission Gully project’s eventual opening earlier this year.

“Like most industries in Aotearoa, Covid-19 has had a significant impact on roading infrastructure, and the completion of a number of key projects including the Pūhoi to Warkworth motorway,” said Brett Gliddon, Waka Kotahi general manager of transport services.