Parliament

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

 

CBD Rail loop or 23 motorway lanes?

CBD Rail loop or 23 motorway lanes?

The Business Case for the Auckland CBD Rail Link shows that the project should be the transport priority to relieve congestion in Auckland and stimulate economic development, said the Green Party today.

The report released today states that there are significant transport and economic development benefits from tripling the capacity of the Auckland commuter rail network with a tunnel through the CBD and three new stations.

“We welcome this report and urge the Government to fast-track the CBD Rail Loop,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

“The Government has two options. They can continue to do things as we always have, spending billions on expanding motorway capacity with Puhoi to Wellsford and the Waikato Expressway.

“We know this will increase urban sprawl and the number of cars travelling into and around the Auckland CBD, increasing congestion, pollution, and the land needed for parking,” said Dr Norman.

“Or for the price of one 4 lane motorway, we could have the CBD rail loop, which will reduce congestion by moving more people into and through the city at peak hour, and attract business and residents to the heart of the city.”

Dr Norman said that the report showed that the rail loop would enable the network to carry up to 46,000 passengers per hour, which is the equivalent of 23 motorway lanes. It would also avoid the need for tens of thousands of expensive car parks, which are not included in the business cases of motorway projects.

“The Government claims that their priority for the transport network is to reduce congestion and increase economic productivity, yet they’re prepared to spend $1 billion to shave 5 to 7 minutes off the journey from Warkworth to Auckland. It’s hard to see how 5 minutes will be translated into huge productivity gains, or how it could reduce congestion downstream in the CBD if more people are travelling in by car.

“The CBD rail loop has been shown to be a far more effective tool for reducing congestion and transforming our economic productivity. It should be the priority,” said Dr Norman.

“Transport Minister Steven Joyce has said he will make decisions based on facts and numbers. Now that we have them, will he act and make transport decisions that are in the best interest of the country?”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Cancel Culture And The ‘hate Speech’ Laws

If there really is anyone out there who feels genuinely panicked about what ‘cancel culture' is doing to our precious freedoms, then maybe they should just take a deep breath, look hard at who has allegedly been ‘ cancelled’ and see if they can detect any trace of a lasting “cancellation“ effect. Chances are, the alleged cancellees will be doing just fine. By and large, they will be people who do not lack for a public platform – never have, never will – and the downstream effects of being “ cancelled” will almost invariably be trending towards zero... More>>

 

Government: To Rev Up Reductions In Transport Emissions

The Government is calling for feedback on a range of potential policies to eliminate emissions in the transport sector. Transport Minister Michael Wood today released Hīkina te Kohupara – Kia mauri ora ai te iwi - Transport Emissions: Pathways to ... More>>

KiwiSaver: Default Provider Scheme Improvements Slash Fees, Boosts Savings

Hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders will be significantly better off in retirement following changes to the default KiwiSaver scheme, Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark said today. More>>

ALSO:

Government: Hundreds Of New Electric Cars For State Sector

Total of 422 new electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the state sector $5.1 million for the Department of Conservation to buy 148 electric vehicles and install charging infrastructure $1.1 million to help Kāinga Ora buy 40 electric ... More>>

Child Poverty: Reports Highlight Need For Ongoing Action

The Government has released the first Annual Report for the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and the second Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRI) Report, both of which highlight improvements in the lives of children as a result of actions of the Government, ... More>>

ALSO:

PM: Statement On The Speaker And Annual Review Debate

“The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. ... More>>

Parliament: Mallard Fails To Give Taxpayers A Straight Answer

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says. ... More>>

Local Government: Independent Review To Explore Future

Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says an independent review of local government will explore how councils can maintain and improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders in the communities they serve long into the future. More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels