Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Huge step forward for region's transport problems

9 July 2001 2 pages Media Statement

Local bodies' consensus on Auckland rail corridor a huge step forward for region's transport problems

The government is welcoming the agreement by Auckland's local authorities on a preferred option for the use of the region's rail corridor, says Minister Assisting the Prime Minister with Auckland Issues, Judith Tizard.

The choice agreed on at a workshop of city councillors involves light rail running up Queen Street and out to West Auckland, conventional rail for the southern and eastern suburbs, and efficient busways on the North Shore.

"I hope that the agreement the local body representatives have reached will be endorsed by their councils, so that plans can be made and funding considered for this important step ahead in solving Auckland's transport problems," says Judith Tizard, who is also the Associate Minister of Transport.

"I'm delighted that the latest patronage figures from the Auckland Regional Council confirm that more Aucklanders are using public transport to enter the Auckland CBD than in April last year.

"With more people recognising the value of public transport and making the choice to use it, Auckland needs an integrated passenger transport system.

"Though many organisations have some power, no one body has clear responsibility for Auckland's roads and public transport issues. Local government's consensus on the rail issue is a huge step forward."

At a central government level, Finance Minister Dr Michael Cullen signed off a letter to Tranzrail last week on behalf of the Ministers who are responsible for negotiating an acquisition agreement for the Auckland region rail corridor.

"As well as working on securing the rail corridor for Auckland, we are also helping to ensure that other projects identified are funded and under way," says Judith Tizard. "This means helping local government with governance issues, working with Transit NZ over state highways, and with Transfund on funding for Auckland projects.

"Transfund's recently-announced National Roading Programme for the Auckland region featured $188.59 million for maintenance works, construction projects and passenger transport services over the next year, with the potential for more than $1.1 billion in funding for other projects into the future.

"This is a ten percent increase on last year's allocation to Auckland. Projects definitely going ahead include access to the Auckland Port via Grafton Gully, increased capacity on Spaghetti Junction, and the North Shore Busway."

Judith Tizard says Auckland's transport future lies in a combination of better planning and co-ordination, safe engineering, good management and greater investment.

"Though it has taken some time, sustainable solutions are finally on the way."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>


Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>


No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>


Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>


Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>


Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels