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

 


National’s transport policy a recipe for Auckland gridlock

23 November 2012

National’s transport policy a recipe for Auckland gridlock

A new report shows that investing in the Auckland City Rail Link needs to be a priority for the government’s transport budget ahead of its uneconomic so-called Roads of National Significance, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

A leaked draft report into transport options for Auckland’s CBD shows peak hour traffic will slow to walking speed in a decade. It assesses options to increase capacity - more buses on surface streets, a bus tunnel, and the City Rail Link – and finds that the City Rail Link delivers most value for money and is the only option to deliver the extra capacity needed to cope with growing traffic volumes in coming decades.

“This report makes it clear that National’s current plan for Auckland – do nothing – will lead to gridlock within a decade. The most-cost efficient alternative to get Auckland moving is the City Rail Link,” said Ms Genter.

“The National Government is spending billions on highways that have low traffic volumes while neglecting to invest in Auckland. Projects like the billion dollar Transmission Gully, the half billion dollar Kapiti Expressway, and the $1.7 billion Holiday Highway are incredibly uneconomic and will only induce more traffic heading into our cities’ CBDs, adding to congestion once they get there.

“The priority for taxpayer transport dollars must be smart, green projects that deliver best value for money and make our cities better places to live. The City Rail Link passes that test; uneconomic highways do not.

“The Greens will get the City Rail Link built so that Aucklanders, whether they use the train or not, benefit from reduced congestion and a more liveable city.

“We face a stark choice in 2014: vote for National and see the city grind to a halt, or vote Green and getting Auckland moving,” said Ms Genter.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: "For the second time in a week, international assessments show we have a problem... We need to put more resources into schools in high poverty communities to ensure all kids get the support they need."

New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

 

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news