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

 


Auckland's Central Rail Loop Must Be Fast Tracked

Media statement Friday, December 14th, 2012

Auckland's Central Rail Loop Must Be Fast Tracked

The argy bargy between Auckland and Wellington over who should decide whether Auckland should complete Auckland's inner city rail link, or when, is classic comedy, and besides it largely misses the point, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association.

EMA's chief executive Kim Campbell said Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee will win no friends in Auckland with comments like those yesterday when the minister said: 'the Ministry of Transport and the Government's NZ Transport Agency will continue to work on the best and most cost effective solutions for freeing up central Auckland congestion now and into the future.

"Comments like these are unhelpful," Mr Campbell said.

"They're Tui moments - yeah right," he said.

"The rest of the statement will also only help unite Auckland behind the Mayor's resolve to get work swiftly underway on the CRL.

"Wellington appears to have a strange idea that Auckland's transport woes are fixed. So why are taxpayer funds going into a report such as this latest one by SKM which the government has no intention of adopting?

"It's obvious to everyone in Auckland that the CRL and the AMETI eastern corridor with an East -West link across the central southern city are urgent, as much to ease transport congestion as to facilitate the growth of the city.

"But projects like these have very long lead times, so we need to get into detailed planning of them now, and remind ourselves the world will not always be in recession.

"Mr Brownlee and his teams of naysayers in Wellington need to consult the government's economic growth agenda where it talks of export growth in particular and where and how the government's aspirations for exports can be achieved.

"Without far more investment in Auckland's transport infrastructure there's no way we can lift exports from 30 to 40 per cent of GDP by 2025.

"Auckland's GDP is growing at 2.4 per cent a year currently, but long before 2025 the people we need to house and transport to and from work for our export campaign will be stuck in the traffic far from where their jobs are.

"But more than this, the CRL is itself an engine of growth for the coherent development of the city.

"It's much more than just part of a transport system - it's economic benefits must be weighed up using far more than just numbers of people that will travel on it.

"It will form part of an integrated system that includes buses, walking, cycling, ferries, and cars too.

"The CRL does urgently require a cogent, comprehensive and holistic business case to be made for it, and we are confident once this is done, that a compelling case will be found for it to define Auckland's inner heart."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news