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Auckland City and University work together

26 September 2006

Auckland City and University work together to improve public transport

The University of Auckland and Auckland City have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, committing to working together during the development of the Symonds Street sector of the central transit corridor (CTC).

The CTC will create a dedicated and quicker bus route between Newmarket and the CBD reducing peak hour journey times by up to 14 minutes.

Students and staff at the university will benefit from improved public transport options and the closure of Alfred Street to all but Link and City Circuit buses.

Auckland City chief executive David Rankin said that the provision of sustainable transport choices is an important focus for the council and the central transit corridor is a key element in realising that vision.

"The CTC will not only link the commercial hubs of Newmarket and the CBD, but some of Auckland's most important facilities like the university and the Auckland City Hospital.

"If we want to be the First City of the Pacific we need to create lasting transport choices that develop real opportunities for pedestrians, cyclists, and all users of road and rail in our city."

University of Auckland vice-chancellor Stuart McCutcheon says the central transit corridor initiative is a positive start to serious access and traffic issues facing Auckland and the university.

"The closure of Alfred Street to all but Link and City Circuit buses is another plus for us. In ridding the street of constant traffic it will better integrate two busy sectors of the campus."

Pedestrian flows and the phasing of traffic lights on Symonds Street will be kept under review, says Professor McCutcheon.

"We are pleased Auckland City is committed to doing everything possible to ensure that staff, students and visitors can cross the street in safety and to minimise the corridor's effects on the university's operations."

Construction of the CTC in the Symonds Street area is likely to begin during the summer of 2007. The project is scheduled for completion by early 2009.

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