Otahuhu and Manukau Transport Interchange Confusion

Still no clear communication from Auckland Transport

 

Source: Auckland Transport
Source: Auckland Transport

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The excerpt from communications with Auckland Transport:

At the moment, Auckland Transport are operating in a very uncertain funding environment as they deal with potentially lower LTP capital expenditure in the Basic Transport Network (BTN) versus that in the Auckland Plan Transport Network (APTN). 

Auckland Transport have opted to progress design and potentially early works (within funding) on projects that would be funded in earlier years under the APTN to ensure momentum is not lost. 

And in the case of these two projects, the following would be the desired timeline without the constrained BTN funding:

  • Construction on the Manukau Bus Interchange project would start in the 1st quarter of 2015 with target completion in late 2015. Currently, the detailed design process is underway.
  • Construction of the Otahuhu Bus Train Interchange would start later this month with expected completion in late 2015. Currently, the detailed design process is underway.

 

In addition, Auckland Transport are currently exploring re-prioritisation options for these 2 projects.  As this is currently being worked through, no update to the draft LTP has been made. If re-prioritisation cannot be achieved in 2014/15 and in the early years of the LTP, Auckland Transport would only deliver on initial improvements within the current funding, with the delivery of full specification in 2020/21. 

Current Basic Transport Network (the Mayors proposal) budgeted figures:

Manukau Bus Interchange

  • We have design funding of $3.8m in 2014/15
  • Then there is no funding provided in the BTN programme until 2020/21
  • Total required funding is planned at $23.9m (inflated)

Otahuhu Bus Train Interchange

  • We have design and some early works funding of $6.3m in 2014/15
  • Then there is no funding provided in the BTN programme until 2020/21
  • Total required funding is planned at $26.8m (inflated)

—-ends—–

 

 

The BTN vs APTN Funding Situation

 

Context and Historic Posts on the Otahuhu and Manukau Interchange Situation (from oldest to newest)

Public Transport Projects Being Used as Political Weapons?

Update on Otahuhu Interchange

Otahuhu Interchange Proceeds

 

Updates as information comes to hand

 

2 thoughts on “Otahuhu and Manukau Transport Interchange Confusion

  1. The news that under the current state of the BTN it results in Manukau and Otahuhu not being funded is extremely disappointing for public transport progress in Auckland, and is likely to cause . Your excerpt from communications for AT confirm what you and George Wood brought up, confirms the points you raised.

    However, from the excerpts you provided, it seems as if Auckland Transport is making its best efforts to re-prioritize funding in order to have these interchanges go ahead.

    “In addition, Auckland Transport are currently exploring re-prioritisation options for these 2 projects. As this is currently being worked through, no update to the draft LTP has been made. If re-prioritisation cannot be achieved in 2014/15 and in the early years of the LTP, Auckland Transport would only deliver on initial improvements within the current funding, with the delivery of full specification in 2020/21. ”

    What this suggests to me is that, it may be possible to have these projects built next year, even if forced to adopt only the BTN. This then has questions for what you term as these projects being used as ‘political weapons’.

    Before I delve into that, I think that you seem to be prone to hyperbole on an issue such as this and you have allowed the allegations of political weapons drive much of your discussion on the issue. The reality is that there is a limited envelope for capital spending every year, and only so much can be spent by AT to remain within this envelope. Clearly this means that it is inevitable that some projects within the BTN may not be delivered in the time frame that we would prefer. I am extremely disappointed that these projects are not currently planned to be delivered earlier, but I understand that some projects somewhere have to be delayed. Your calls for Len Brown to immediately order AT to fund these projects, ignore the reality that AT can’t just add another 40 million to its capex envelope for this year. Instead, for these projects to go ahead, AT is clearly indicating that it will have to delay other projects. Surely the more plausible reason for these projects being delayed, is simply because projects have to be delayed to fit within the BTN capex envelope.

    Coming back to AT’s indication that they are attempting to re-prioritize to fund these projects. This indicates to me that these projects have been delayed out of the necessity of creating a budget and not as a deliberate attempt to antagonize the people who will benefit from these interchanges. We should at least offer AT some praise for the fact that they acknowledge how crucial these projects, especially the Otahuhu interchange and that they are attempting to provide an outcome withing the funding envelope.

    Now I acknowledge that this analysis is based only on a little bit of background knowledge, and my interpretations of the excerpts you have provided, but I feel that the jumping of conclusions to effectively deeming the current suggested delay under the BTN as being done to force people into supporting it a bit extreme, and it doesn’t fully come to terms with the realities of what a BTN means.

    1. It was a conclusion a few of us came to in regards to the BTN and the interchanges being used as potential weapons to get the alternative funding packages through.

      While AT might or is awaiting a shuffle around with the funding to complete the interchanges on the 2015 timeframe what is not helping Council is two new pieces of info hitting the news.

      The first being Airport Rail now pretty much dead in the water, and the referendum on motorway tolls being recommended to be shunted according to Radio NZ last night.

      Now I do personally hope the conclusion we reached is extreme and that the interchanges will go ahead on the original timeline. However, with more revelations coming out from other projects it does not give me exact confidence – towards Council that is rather than AT (who can only act with the money they are given)

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