Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Funding Brings Auckland Public Transport Closer

June 20, 2000
MEDIA STATEMENT


FUNDING SUPPORT BRINGS AUCKLAND
PUBLIC TRANSPORT A STEP CLOSER

Statement made by John Robertson, Chairman, Infrastructure Auckland

A world class public transport system for the Auckland region came a step closer today when Infrastructure Auckland adopted its annual and long term funding plans.

The plans call for the funding agency to invest $410 million over the next five years implementing a public transport system designed to encourage a movement away from using private cars.

For the past three weeks Infrastructure Auckland has been considering public submissions made to its draft plans, and at today’s board meeting formally approved spending $675 million over the next five years on public transport, improving the transport network and upgrading the region’s stormwater systems.

Less than 30 submissions were received on the draft plans, and that can be taken as a community vote of confidence in the programme directors are recommending.

The main change adopted in response to submissions makes it even clearer that Infrastructure Auckland will not fund projects that are the responsibility of any other funding agency. Applicants are required to endeavour to secure funding from all potential public and private sources before applying to Infrastructure Auckland.

The main beneficiary from the adopted plans will be public transport.

Combined with the recent breakthrough achieved in discussions in relation to use of the region’s rail corridors, the pieces of the jigsaw are now coming together rapidly.

For years there has been talk about the need for a convenient, efficient, integrated, regular and cost efficient public transport system.

While there is still an enormous amount of detailed work to be undertaken, a major barrier to making progress on public transport has been removed.

We are now counting down to a start date, rather than trying to reach broad agreement.

The $90 million set aside for roading will make a contribution to reducing congestion and transit times.

More than 40% of residents put congestion as the key issue facing the region.

The money set aside for the transport network will assist us to bring forward roading projects that have regional significance. It will also enable us to fund community benefits associated with roading that are not the responsibility of other agencies.

We regard ferries as an integral part of the future transport network.

A further $100 million has been allocated to support projects that will improve the quality of the region’s water. Infrastructure Auckland will look to relevant local bodies to contribute 50% of the funding for the stormwater projects it supports.

The funding allocations adopted by Infrastructure Auckland allows it to meet its commitment to projects without selling any of its shareholding in Ports of Auckland or the public losing access to its landholdings around the America’s Cup Village.

For further information please contact:

Richard Maher, Chief Executive Officer or
John Robertson, Chairman, Infrastructure Auckland
Telephone – (09) 379 2540

INFMR044

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news