Honest Discussion on the City Rail Link #2
Part of The City Rail Link Series
Debate on the City Rail Link continues with figures and all sorts coming out from both sides coin.
VOAKL will cut right down the middle and look at some discussion that has continued on The City Rail Link
It is time for a discussion and VOAKL will provide one – for everyone with a VIEW
From CRL Discussion (Part One):
NZ Herald journalist (or commentator (or both)) Bernard Orsman posted a remark on Facebook about Centre-Left Councillor Casey and Centre Right Minister of Transport Brownlee being odd bed-fellows in regards most likely to the City Rail Link or the Alternative Transport Funding proposal which Brownlee shredded on Friday. (20/7/12)
Well after I had posted that post, the Facebook end of the discussion continued between Mark and myself (with I think one other as well) on the CRL. But to keep the conversation in context here is the entire discussion in the embed below:
I think what Mark and I can both conclude was my final comment in the entire CRL affair:
To which an entirely new business case led by the University of Auckland is needed. To be honest we need to start the whole CRL debate and most likely the project again. I am thinking of the parameters of this new business case proposal at the moment
And that is my mood on the CRL right here and now. It is also the reason why I am advocating as hard as I can to delay the CRL start date for the 2018-2022. If you want to know my real underlying reason for delaying the CRL it is because of FEAR. Yes fear; fear of resistance and blow back from ratepayers next year in the 2013 Local Elections, and 2014 in the National Elections if the CRL continues to be poorly sold and led in the debate by Auckland Transport and Auckland Council. I also have this nagging thing in the back of my head that the Centre-Left are their own worst enemy and will defeat the CRL they are pushing so hard for, while the Centre-Right would actually save the CRL and get the damn mega project built. I suppose that nagging doubt would be from the fact that it was former Auckland City Mayor The Hon. Chris Fletcher who got Britomart built.
So I think Mark and myself, plus other concerned people (whether pro or anti CRL) need to have a sit down and have a good chat here on thrashing out a viable bi-partisan Auckland transport plan. Hehe though least we won’t cost $1.1 million unlike our Resident Prude – The Absentee Mayor – Len Brown‘s Gold Plated “Relationship Building” by dining once a month with lobbyists .
In the mean time check this from Auckland Transport on the City Rail Link:
The latest on the CRL alignment – which includes both The East Link and the Inner West Interchange (only one will be built though). I hope for Auckland’s sake the East Link is built and the Inner West Interchange is dumped, as we have two perfectly good siding tracks at Morningside (with a bit of work) that can turn around trains out of the main-line just nicely (without buggering up even more residents or businesses).
Upon looking at this current alignment it seems that The CRL might be a staged development after all. I suppose we will soon see in due time.
In the mean time this mega-project plods along like a lumbering bull. I think it is time we restarted from scratch on the whiteboard.
What do you think?