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Survey Records Big Support For Britomart

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28 June 2001

Survey Records Big Support For Britomart


Auckland City Mayor Chris Fletcher welcomes the results of a survey of Aucklanders which shows that a large majority supports the proposed Britomart transport interchange.

The Auckland City Council commissioned an independent survey of 750 residents throughout the region. The findings confirmed that 71 per cent consider traffic congestion and transportation are the most important issues facing the city.

And the respondents were clearly aware of the importance of the Britomart (Waitemata Waterfront Development) project as a means of solving traffic problems. Nearly 80 per cent considered the creation of a downtown hub for passenger transport to be important or extremely important and nearly 70 per cent supported getting on with the job.

Of those asked about the likelihood of their using the proposed terminal as a final destination, 67 per cent said they were either likely or very likely to use it, while 55 per cent said they would use it as an interchange – that is, to change from one passenger transport mode or service to another.

“This level of support is what we’d have expected, in line with what Aucklanders have been telling us through our consultation process. The survey now confirms that people appreciate the need for the downtown transport interchange and understand its importance for the whole of the region. Now we just want to get on and build it.”

Infrastructure Auckland and Transfund will announce how much they will give to the Britomart project by mid-July.

In early August, councillors will discuss the best use of the funds. Tenders for the project will be called by August 10.

ENDS

For more information, please contact:
- Grant Kirby, Project Director, Waitemata Waterfront Development, tel: 021 938 076.


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