Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Generation Zero welcomes adoption of Congestion Free Network

7 August 2014

Generation Zero welcomes adoption of Congestion Free Network

National youth organisation Generation Zero has welcomed the Green Party’s commitment to implementing the Congestion Free Network proposed last year by Generation Zero and Transport Blog.

The Congestion Free Network is a comprehensive plan for an affordable integrated public transport system in Auckland, with high frequency bus and rail lines physically separated from traffic congestion.

Spokesperson Sudhvir Singh said: “We want to congratulate the Greens for being the first party to commit to implementing our Congestion Free Network, which will deliver a fast, frequent public transport network for all of Auckland at a significantly lower cost than the current Auckland transport plan.”

The Congestion Free Network brings forward public transport projects from Auckland Transport’s Integrated Transport Programme and can be afforded for just 40% of the budget for the existing plan. It has been costed at $10 Billion over 15 years, which compares with over $24 billion for the full Integrated Transport Programme.

“This is a fiscally conservative transport plan for Auckland that makes up for the under investment in public transport over the past 50 years,” said Dr Singh.

“We urge all parties to get in behind this essential plan for Auckland.”

Generation Zero also supports the Green Party’s intention to rebalance national transport funding to support public transport, cycling and rail freight throughout New Zealand.

“Investment in efficient, low carbon transport infrastructure is key to meeting our commitments to reduce carbon pollution and building a competitive 21st century economy,” said Dr Singh.

“Internationally, the share of transport infrastructure investment for rail averages 23% in the OECD and 40% in Western European countries, but the current Government’s road-heavy plan offers less than 5% for rail, public transport and cycleways combined.”

Data references:
International Transport Forum, Spending on Transport Infrastructure 1995-2011.
Ministry of Transport, Draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding 2015.
Treasury, Vote Transport 2014.

About Generation Zero:
Generation Zero is a non-partisan, nationwide group of young New Zealanders founded in 2011 to advance solutions to climate change and help put New Zealand on track towards a zero carbon future. www.generationzero.org.nz

About the Congestion Free Network:
The Congestion Free Network was a collaboration between the TransportBlog and Generation Zero and is a blueprint which lays out a future integrated public transport network in Auckland, staged at five yearly intervals through to 2030. More information is available at: www.congestionfree.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Shiny And Chrome: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election