No Hold-up From Information Request
Auckland City’s Transport and Roading Committee is not holding up plans by Transit New Zealand to extend State Highway 20 at Hillsborough through to Richardson Road.
Transit had asked Auckland City to approve its preferred option for the project. However the Committee decided to ask Transit for more information on the social and environmental effects of the motorway extension before sanctioning its preferred choice.
While waiting for this information the Committee will examine a report on a light rail project that has been put forward by public transport campaigners.
Committee chairperson, Councillor Catherine Harland, says this all fits within Transit’s timeframes for the project and will not cause any hold-ups. “The assessment of environmental effects report is still expected at the end of April, with May and June set aside for the public consultation process,” she says.
“Looking at the light rail proposal will not cause delays to Transit’s original timeframe,” says Councillor Harland.
She adds that Auckland City will seek funding from Transit NZ for upgrading the local roads that will feed on to the motorway extension.