Manukau South Link does indeed widen the catchment
Yesterday I had posted on who was within 30 minutes of a job using public transport. The answers in my Jobs Within 30 Minutes using Public Transport. Auckland Has a Lot of Work to Do #AKLPols post was not that flash hot, meaning Auckland has a lot to do. Check the graphic below and the disproportion for those in Southern Auckland south of Manukau City Centre:
Later that day Saeid Adli who drew up the original set of maps for MRCagney Limited that I used in yesterday’s blog post “updated” the maps to include the Manukau South Link if it was built and in operation:
The map can be seen here with the South Link being the left of the two:
Note: this does include waiting time for a train and 15 minutes walking time as well.
But you can see with the Manukau South Link the catchment extends as far as Papakura and widens in the Manurewa-Weymouth-Homai area as well as Takanini as well.
A $4.5 million piece of track with 20 minute all day, 7 day a week services from both Papakura and Pukekohe to Manukau City Centre (a major employment centre) via the South Link does noticeable differences in widening the catchment for south of Manukau. If you are wondering just the train times it is 14 minutes from Papakura to Manukau via the South Link with Pukekohe adding another 12 minutes on top. A bus trundling along the Great South Road from Papakura to Manukau takes 34 minutes if it does not get stuck at Manurewa Town Centre while the existing transfer arrangements at Puhinui for the trains gives a total trip time of about 25 minutes if you are caught waiting.
So Mayor Len Brown and Auckland Transport what are we waiting for. If you want proof of connectivity and accessibility for southern residential to a major employment and commercial/civic centre then the above map must be proof enough. As they say “build it and they will come!”