Back to the Drawing Board or Option 4 still a “preferred” option?
I noticed NZTA and Auckland Transport released a press release (although not easy to find at the moment) about Option 4 of the East-West yesterday. Respect Our Community Campaign has this to say on their Facebook page earlier this morning:
Respect our Community Campaign (ROCC) welcomes Auckland Transport backdown on East-West motorway proposals.
ROCC welcomes Auckland Transport admission that it should have consulted South Auckland communities earlier about options for an east-west motorway link to speed freight transport.
In its media release yesterday afternoon Auckland Transport and the New Zealand Transport Agency acknowledged they got it wrong and should have talked much earlier about their plans.
ROCC chairman, Roger Fowler said “These agencies have treated the people of Mangere, Otahuhu and Otara with contempt – they were proposing to bulldoze hundreds of homes and carving up our communities without the common courtesy of talking to us. They would never have done this in the flasher Auckland suburbs and we won’t put up with it either”
“It’s good that they now acknowledge that they have made a big mistake by attempting to plough a motorway through our neighbourhoods behind our backs. But if they think they can try to sweet-talk this community into accepting a motorway – they will need to think again. They would just be making another big mistake.”
“If this change of heart is a genuine move, NZTA & Auckland Transport will need to drop all preparations for East-West motorway construction and start afresh with genuine, open consultation with the community, and seriously consider other options, such as expanding rail, upgrading public transport, night-time trucking and safe cycling & walking facilities. The failed mantra of ‘more motorways’ is so 1950s. No city has ever succeeded in tarsealing its way out of gridlock. More motorways just create more traffic chaos, destruction and pollution.”
“Modern cities put their freight on rail and commuters on affordable & efficient public transport – that’s the sensible way to address these issues, at a fraction of the cost of motorways. We urgently need to develop practical ways to make our city livable – to strengthen our communities, not destroy them”
Our Mangere MP Su’a William Sio is taking the views of his constituents to Parliament today, armed with our 4246 signature petition demanding ‘respect for our community & to stop the East-West motorway.’
ROCC welcomes the opportunity to make our case to Auckland Transport. This is an opportunity for Auckland to step into a new era with transport solutions for the whole community – (not just businesses which are pushing for these crazy motorways proposals).
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Good to see Auckland Transport and NZTA backtracking but I can understand ROCC’s scepticism towards AT and NZTA:
“If this change of heart is a genuine move, NZTA & Auckland Transport will need to drop all preparations for East-West motorway construction and start afresh with genuine, open consultation with the community, and seriously consider other options, such as expanding rail, upgrading public transport, night-time trucking and safe cycling & walking facilities.”
Lets see if NZTA and AT do start right back from scratch with the East-West Link consultation (or rather dialogue and discussion) with the communities affected – or will they just repeat what they have done in the past: chose the route, token consult, proceed with the route in any case short of a Government order.
As with Option 8 (see picture above) I am heading up to the areas affected by Option 8 of the East-West Link on Thursday for a site visit to take an evaluation of the situation. Remembering if an East-West Link is going to go ahead, then the “best” option (of what is available) must be chosen and that means the one that can be mitigated the most from negative effects.
Tomorrow is when ROCC presents to the Infrastructure Committee (at 1 pm):
I will be there tomorrow to blog on the Committee’s proceedings
- Transport Blog’s Alternative to the East-West Link Motorways (voakl.net)
- World’s Most Liveable City? Part Three (voakl.net)
- NZTA to Speed up some Transport Construction Projects? (voakl.net)
- World’s Most Liveable City? (voakl.net)
- Package solution for transport projects (nzherald.co.nz)
- Ridiculous and devastating – anti motorway campaign (radionz.co.nz)