City Rail Link slated for 2018/19 start date (potentially)
From the Office of the Mayor, Len Brown
Auckland Mayor welcomes Government infrastructure plan
The 30-year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan announced today has been applauded by Mayor Len Brown who says he supports the government’s desire to work closely together on this.
The $110 billion plan contains 145 initiatives designed to help the country cope with ageing infrastructure, and increasing pressures from a growing population, and was unveiled by Finance Minister Bill English at the New Zealand Council for Infrastructure conference.
“The minister’s comments regarding working together rather than in silos are on the money. Central and local government need to work in close collaboration to deliver the best outcomes for Auckland and New Zealand,” says Len Brown.
He says that the suggestion to charge those who use infrastructure underlines his call for a motorway toll in Auckland to help pay for investment in transport.
“Road pricing is not a revenue gathering exercise but rather an essential tool to help decongest Auckland roads and fund infrastructure including road, rail, buses, ferries and cycleways.”
“Aucklanders tell me their number one priority is to fix transport and they know reliable fast public transport is the answer, but we have a huge task in front of us including getting on with building the City Rail Link,” says the Mayor.
“I’m looking forward to the next step which is the signing of an Auckland Transport Accord with the Government to finally agree on our programme, timing and delivery of funding.”
I did see Luke from Transport Blog pointing this out:
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So if we look at that Treasury document it will seem the main City Rail Link start date is set for the 1 July, 2018 – 30 June 2019 period. That would suggest an announcement in Election 2017 and it set in Budget 2018 (May) ready for that start period.
We will have to wait for the Transport Accord to come out to see if that gives us better steer on this.