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Eastern Corridor study under scrutiny

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June 19, 2002


Eastern Corridor study under scrutiny

The first of several workshops for stakeholders and interested parties on the future of the eastern corridor will be held tomorrow (Thursday, June 20).

The workshops are part of the phase one study to finalise a transport strategy for the corridor, including determining, if possible, an appropriate alignment and mode of transport. The eastern corridor runs from the central business district to Botany Downs in Manukau City.

Auckland City Council has contracted Eastdor, a consortium of planning, environmental and transport consultants to look at ways to develop the corridor.

Eastdor will outline to 35 stakeholder and interest groups the process it is following in its study, known as the phase one study, which focuses on its approach and methods.

Councillor Greg McKeown, the chairman of the council’s transport committee, says the workshop is designed to make sure all stakeholders and interested parties have the opportunity to ensure the consultants are covering areas of interest to those groups.

“We see this meeting as a key starting point in getting input from the diverse range of groups who have an interest in the eastern corridor,” says Councillor McKeown.

“It is an opportunity for those who have previously made submissions or comment on the eastern corridor to make sure their areas of interest are covered in this study and that any previous submissions or comments can be updated or added to.”

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At tomorrow’s workshop, break-out sessions will cover topics including planning, legal and the structure of the study; social and urban design factors; transport engineering, design and modelling elements of the study; and ecology and landscape interests.

Specialists in each of the four categories will note the areas of interest for the various stakeholders and interest groups and report back to the full meeting.

Councillor McKeown says this is the opportunity for people to make sure their particular areas of interest will covered in the study.

“In terms of the detail, we will not be discussing that on the night. Eastdor will meet with various stakeholders and interested parties where they can go into detail on their submissions.

“There are a variety of areas of interest from diverse groups who want to have an input and this process is the best way to make sure these groups have their opinions heard in detail by the relevant specialists.”

Councillor McKeown says all participants will be kept informed of the progress of the study and will be invited back to at least two other meetings.

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