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Those following the blog will know that I am following a line of enquiries with both Auckland Transport and Auckland Council about the Manukau and Otahuhu Transport Interchange projects. The last set of commentary was mentioned here: Otahuhu and Manukau Transport Interchange Confusion
So at the moment there is confusion on what is exactly happening with both interchanges to the point even a Councillor (George Wood) can not get a straight answer.
To put everything on official record I have filed two Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act requests (one each to Auckland Transport, and Auckland Council) to try and finally get to the bottom of the situation.
The LGOIMA’s are being handled via fyi.org.nz website and you can read both of them below:
LGOIMA to Auckland Transport
Missing Tender Documents, Clarifications, and Definition of Early Works in Regards to Otahuhu and Manukau Interchange Projects
From: Ben Ross
November 24, 2014
I am seeking information and clarification around the status of the Otahuhu and Manukau Transport Interchanges please.
From a communication forwarded to me that Auckland Transport had written in regards to Otahuhu and Manukau Transport Interchanges it was stated:
In relation to your question on Manukau and Otahuhu Bus Interchanges, here is a response.
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)
My questions to Auckland Transport are the following:
- What is the definition of Early Works for Otahuhu Transport Interchange, in other words for $6.3m for the 2014/2015 year what does it get us in regards to Otahuhu Transport Interchange if reprioritisation is not successful in allowing the full set of works for Otahuhu Transport Interchange
- The Tender Documents either open or closed for the construction of these “early works” for Otahuhu Transport Interchange cannot be found on the various Auckland Transport pages including these two:
Is there a particular reason why these tender documents are not publicly accessible or not on your Awarded Contracts PDF
- Is there an updated version of the https://at.govt.nz/media/665907/CDD-Forward-Tender-Work-Plan-August2014.pdf which is meant to be updated monthly but has not been done so since August 2014
- Are the designs for the Manukau Transport Interchange able to be released into the public domain yet? If not when so please. What will happen with those designs if the Basic Transport Network continues and the Manukau Interchange cannot be built until 2020/2021? Please note I will be forwarding a LGOIMA directly to Auckland Council on what happens to Lot 59 where the Interchange sits if the Manukau Interchange does not proceed until 2020/2021
I look forward to your reply
The LGOIMA to Auckland Council
Clarification and Information Request around Lot 59 Manukau
I am seeking clarification and information around the sales process of the land at Lot 59 in Manukau City Centre.
A LGOIMA has been sent to Auckland Transport (https://fyi.org.nz/request/2195-missing-tender-documents-clarifications-and-definition-of-early-works-in-regards-to-otahuhu-and-manukau-interchange-projects ) in seeking clarification to the statuses of the Manukau and Otahuhu Transport Interchanges in which this question was asked:
- Are the designs for the Manukau Transport Interchange able to be
released into the public domain yet? If not when so please. What
will happen with those designs if the Basic Transport Network
continues and the Manukau Interchange cannot be built until
Please note I will be forwarding a LGOIMA directly to Auckland
Council on what happens to Lot 59 where the Interchange sits if the
Manukau Interchange does not proceed until 2020/2021
The questions to Auckland Council in specific relation to the Manukau Transport Interchange are the following:
- What happened to any apparent funding that was meant to allow both interchanges to be built and operational by the end of next year
- Why are the future proceeds from the sales of three parcels of Lot 59 in Manukau where the Manukau Interchange is to be built as allowed by the Finance and Performance Committee in September (much to the disgust of the Southern Auckland communities in any case) not being actively ring fenced by Council, so those land sale proceeds could be used to pay for the construction of the Manukau Interchange thus not put pressure on general funding streams. I believe the proceeds were to be around $11-$18m at the minimum which would cover a very large proportion of the $16.9m price tag for the Interchange
- Will the delay in both Interchanges have any further consequences on the New South Auckland Bus Network starting mid 2015 for which both (especially Otahuhu) which are reliant on those interchanges being operational
- Have Expressions of Interest gone out into the market for the sale of Lot 59 (the sections in yellow)? Is that EOI in the public domain or will it be in the public domain once the EOI has been ‘released?’
- If the Manukau Interchange is being delayed until 2021 I assume that the current stops outside the Scentre (Westfield) Mall Entrance by the food court will remain in operation? Will in the interim Council and AT do some quick cheap remedial works to spruce up the run down stops until the Interchange at Lot 59 is built
- With the Manukau Interchange now apparently stalled for 6 years is there a chance to go back to the drawing board or rather start from scratch and get a Community led design for the interchange rather than an AT led one that no one effectively like thus later ridiculed (note: Sawtooth designs do not work for Metro Bus Stations)
- What happens to Lot 59 if the Manukau Transport Interchange cannot be built until 2020/2021 owing to the funding constraints in the Basic Transport Network package? I ask because of the Urban Development risk where you have the lots in yellow being developed once the land is sold but the section in blue which AT hang onto and is meant to be used for the Interchange is left rather barren – that is we have a potential eye sore looming unless the Interchange is built 2015.
- Finally if the Manukau Interchange has stalled until 2021 will the Land Sale at Lot 59 be put on hold if not cancelled?
I look forward to you reply
Updates as the answers comeback to the LGOIMA’s…..