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

 

Mayors push ahead with Eastern Corridor

Mayors push ahead with Eastern Corridor

The Mayors of Auckland and Manukau cities today expressed their total commitment to building the Eastern Corridor by 2010. John Banks and Sir Barry Curtis say it is “business as usual” despite a statement from the Transfund Board chairman that Transfund may not allocate more money for the required preliminary work.

“We are moving forward with the stage two planning process to identify route options which includes technical work and extensive public consultation,” they said.

“We are seeking from Transfund a contribution towards the estimated cost of $13.1 million for this work, and it is our belief that the money to enable the project to move forward must be forthcoming without delay.”

They noted that Transfund had already committed more than $2 million to the project over the past two years, and the Government is clearly committed to completing Auckland’s long-planned transport networks.

“As an integrated transport corridor with both roading and public transport components – including an under-utilised railway – the Eastern Corridor is clearly highlighted as a key component of Auckland’s transport networks.

“The public are tired of having to put up with Auckland’s gridlock every day of the week knowing that a big part of the solution is to complete the region’s strategic network, including the Eastern Corridor.”

The current cost of congestion to the regional economy is more than $1 billion a year and a lot of driver frustration.

“What the public wants to see is action. They want us to move ahead with urgency and speed. That’s why we have set up special teams to look at alternative funding options, and to explore options to build sections of the corridor early,” they said.

Funding options being considered include private-public partnership, congestion charging, direct toll and regional petrol tax in conjunction with a wider programme to achieve faster completion of the regional networks as a whole.

“It is also obvious that Government wants Auckland to get on urgently and collaboratively with completing its strategic transport corridor as part of its goal of getting New Zealand back into the top half of the OECD.”

The $13 million being sought to progress the corridor can be viewed as an investment with the returns to the region long term as enormous, both in improving public transport and providing an enhanced roading network that will benefit users of State Highway One.

“To this end, government has expressed a need for public-private partnerships, which is the way that we expect the corridor will be built, with Transfund contributing to the seeding costs.

“Each day of worsening gridlock gives urgency to our cause. We do not and will not accept anything that suggests more delay and so we are pushing ahead to action the project,” the Mayors concluded.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More

Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election