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


Figures Reveal Failure Of ARC's Rail Policy

7 July 2004

Statement from David Thornton

Public Transport Figures Reveal Failure Of ARC's Rail Policy To Reduce Peak Hour Congestion

Figures released today by the ARC reveal that the total number of people travelling into the Auckland CBD by public transport in the morning peak hours [7am - 9am] has in fact declined over the last twelve months. Despite extravagant claims by ARC Transport Chairwoman Catherine Harland that rail usage was on the increase the real truth is that, while peak hour passenger numbers on rail have increased by 844 passengers per day, bus passengers have dropped by 1,288 per day for the same period.

It is now apparent that rail is attracting passengers who previously travelled by bus - and that has had no effect on the number of cars on the road in the morning peak, and consequently no effect on traffic congestion - despite millions of dollars having been spent on rail improvements, largely paid for by the regions residential ratepayers.

Spending even more money on rail will not reduce congestion at the critical peak period time if all the 'new' passengers have merely changed from using buses. The ARC must review its policy of spending huge sums on the rail project at the expense of much-needed major improvements to bus services.

It's time that the transport overlords realised that Auckland's public transport system must be dominated by a flexible bus network rather than the rigid fixed route structure of heavy rail.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news