Don’t Forget, AT is Asking On the New Southern Bus Network

Consultation Under Way on the Southern Bus Network

 

While the Unitary Plan has caught Auckland’s attention again (“Councillors at odds on housing plan” and “Report on Today’s Auckland Plan Committee Proceedings”), there is crucial consultation under way with Auckland Transport for South and Counties Auckland.

Since June 19 and until August 2, Auckland Transport is engaged those in Southern Auckland on the new bus network.

To save me going for a ramble about go check it out:

New Network Southern Consultation

and

​New Network for South Auckland

 

I will make quick mention of the AT Open Days to which one can attend and ask the transport planners/officials questions as well as give your feedback. Of course you also have the normal method of sending in a written piece of feedback to AT by August 2.

The Open Days

  • Saturday 13 July at Papakura Crossroads Church, 25 Broadway from 10am to 5pm
  • Monday 15 July at Manurewa Library, 7 Hill Road from 10am to 7pm
  • Tuesday 16 July at Mangere-Moana-nui-a-Kiwa Leisure Centre, 14 Waddon Place from 12pm to 7.30pm
  • Wednesday 17 July at Papatoetoe Town Hall, 5 St George St from 10am to 8pm
  • Thursday 18 July in the Manukau Room, Auckland Council Civic Building, 31 Manukau Station Road from 10.30 to 8pm
  • Saturday 20 July at the Otara Market (community centre), Newbury St from 7am to 4pm
  • Thursday 25 July at the Otahuhu Recreation Centre, Fairburn Reserve, 30 Mason Ave from 10am to 7.30pm
  • Saturday 27 July at the Onehunga Community Centre, Jackson & Yates Rooms, 83 Church St from 10am to 5pm

 

Having previously submitted on the Draft Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) (to which this round of consultation has stemmed from (the RPTP)) I will be submitting again on this proposed bus network. Of which is a good start but I believe there can be some tinkering done around it, especially around the off-peak frequencies in some areas.

So don’t forget to get your feedback in on the proposed Southern Auckland bus network which will be implemented in early 2015.

Later this week I will be introducing the TotaRim Consultancy – Transport Planning and Management section and what services we offer in the field of transport.

 

Glenora Road Station

The fraught issue around Glenora Road Station (Addision/Walters Road) has just come back onto the table with Auckland Transport after the issue was re-raised by Councillor Calum Penrose and separately by myself.

Since the City Rail Link announcement a question has come up whether the Prime Minister is committing to just the tunnel the three stations at a price of $1.8 billion or whether he will commit to a “total package” that is commonly quoted at $2.86 billion. Now this is a legitimate question as the total package gives the following:

  1. The CRL Tunnel and three stations
  2. More EMU trains
  3. Grade separation of all level crossings between Swanson and Papakura

It is the third point causing interest here. If the PM is committing to the total package then the issue of grade separation is no longer an issue for AT.

Currently the Glenora Road Station that was to be literally gifted to the city as developers were going to build it for us rather than AT building it has stalled due to AT asking the developers to pay for the grade separation of Walters Road crossing as well.

This has caused fuming by the developers, residents including myself, our councillor and the Local Board. I have covered on this particular issue before.

If the total package is being funded on part by the Government as part of the CRL deal then I see no reason why Glenora Road Station should not go ahead and by open by 2014!

In saying that I believe Councillor Penrose is lobbying the AT Executive again on the issue, so we await news there.