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Year of achievement in building up infrastructure

North Shore City media release

Year of achievement in building up the city’s vital infrastructure

21 July 2008

Ratepayers can be pleased with the city’s achievements in infrastructure and roading over the past year, says the chair of North Shore City’s infrastructure and environment committee, Councillor Ken McKay.

The Northern Busway, which opened last February, has received a number of awards and accolades including the 2008 Arthur Mead Environmental Award.

Councillor McKay says, “The Busway is the biggest single investment in the city’s infrastructure ever and it is very pleasing to see its qualities being widely recognised. It is the cornerstone of a better public transport network for the Shore.

“It brings huge benefits for the community and I urge anyone who has not yet used it to catch a bus and try it for themselves.

“In peak traffic times, buses speed by the slow moving cars on the motorway, and passengers get to where they want to go much faster and cheaper than they would by car.

“Another major infrastructure project completed this year is the stage five upgrade of the Rosedale Wastewater Treatment Plant. Work has also begun on building a new tunnel to take treated sewage underground from the Treatment Plant to the outfall site off Mairangi Bay”.

Councillor McKay says, “This tunnel is a $116 million investment in the city’s future, and will have six times the capacity of the existing one. It’s vital to meet the needs of a growing city and to protect our beaches.

“The council is continuing to support better bus services and other transport alternatives such as car pooling. These are key elements of a number of roading upgrades which are progressing well or were recently completed, such as on Onewa Road, Forrest Hill Road and Glenfield Road. Bus lanes and transit lanes are being put on major roads around the city, allowing more people to be moved faster and reducing traffic congestion.

“The recent upgrading of Beach Front Lane in Brown’s Bay was a first rate example of what happens when everyone works hand in hand on an urban design project with a fantastic result. There has already been a lot of positive feedback already from the community, and I am certain this council project will win design awards.

“Road safety is always a priority for the council and in working with our partners we have succeeded in reaching some of our targets ahead of time this year. Four more schools have joined the Travelwise programme and speed limits are now in place outside more of the city’s schools to increase safety.

“The council is also having ongoing input into strategic regional transport projects such as the planning for a second Waitemata Harbour Crossing.
This input ensures the views of North Shore residents are heard and will help shape the final decisions are made.

“It is always important to spend ratepayers’ money wisely and make savings where possible. So it’s good to see that management is identifying cost reductions and finding efficiencies. In one case $152,000 a year was saved when a contract for wastewater services was re-tendered, and the winning bid was much lower than previous tenders.

”I believe the council has made solid progress this year and all these projects are helping us towards our goal of increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our water and transport infrastructure.”


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