Parliament

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

 

Go Ahead For SH20 Undermines Rapid Rail

9 September 2001

Go Ahead For State Highway 20 Undermines Rapid Rail

Auckland Green MP Keith Locke today criticised Transport Minister Mark Gosche's approval to building of a $142 million motorway through Mt Roskill.

"Mark Gosche has got his priorities all wrong. Extending State Highway 20 through to Mt Roskill will put more people on the roads," said Mr Locke who is also the Party's associate transport spokesperson.

"The Greens have been campaigning to put rapid rail through the same corridor. The motorway will be going over land originally designated for rail.

"Connecting the western and southern rail lines with an Avondale-Penrose link would be a much cheaper solution to traffic congestion through Hillsborough and Mt Roskill, and more environmentally friendly," he said.

Auckland planners put aside land for the rail corridor as far back as 1953.

"This link would tie together the Auckland passenger rail network, making it easy for people to move between West Auckland and South Auckland, including the airport, by public transport," said Mr Locke.

"Last year the Green Party and other groups costed a rail link, with an associated cycleway and walkway, at $90 million.

"Some Hillsborough residents think the motorway will reduce the traffic on Hillsborough Rd. But Transit's own figures project more cars going down Hillsborough Rd a few years out. Hillsborough and Dominion roads will be the two main feeders onto the motorway. Dominion Road, already clogged, will become a nightmare.

"The transport minister doesn't rule out a rail link being built some time in the future. But surely he is putting the cart before the horse.

"The Minister should be encouraging people to use public transport by building the rail link now, not enticing them into their cars by building a new motorway," said Mr Locke.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mayor of Auckland: Alert Level Change Welcome News

Mayor Phil Goff says the government’s decision to move Auckland to Level 2 from 6am on Sunday will be welcome news for all Aucklanders.
“Moving strongly and quickly to contain this outbreak has once again proved effective in stopping the spread of community transmission and I thank all the Aucklanders who have followed the rules of Level 3 over the past week,” he says... More>>


 


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>


Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>

Parliament: Kiwi MPs Among The “Most Educated In The World”

New analysis of MP qualifications reveals New Zealand’s Parliament is one of the most educated and highest qualified in the world, and significantly more educated than Australia’s. The research, by Mark Blackham of BlacklandPR and Geoffrey Miller ... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels