Consultation was virtually ignored
The ceremonial sod turning to mark the official start of a project happened at Manukau today. Mayor Len Brown was joined by Minister of Transport Simon Bridges and other guests to turn the sod marking the start of the Manukau Interchange project.
From NZTA and Auckland Transport:
Manukau is a step closer to getting a bus and train transport hub which will make it easier for people to connect between high frequency trains and buses.
Work has started today on the construction of the new Manukau Bus Station, which when completed will be at the heart of a new public transport network for south Auckland. The new connected network is due for implementation in late 2016.
Auckland Transport also released new design images of the station.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Mayor Len Brown and Otara-Papatoetoe Chair Fa’anānā Efeso Collins marked the start of construction works with the turning of the first sods.
The Auckland Transport project, which will cost $26 million to construct, is funded by the Government through the NZ Transport Agency and Auckland Council. Construction of the bus station building is expected to be completed in the second half of 2017.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown says he had long championed the need for a bus station from the time he was mayor of Manukau.
“In the first five years of a new united Auckland the change in the city has been nothing short of remarkable. The new public transport network supported by bus and train transport hubs will transform the way we get Aucklanders moving.”
Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Fa’anānā Efeso Collins says, “This is exactly what the community requires – a bus interchange that works in tandem with the train station for people who live in Manukau and those to come here to work.”
Auckland Transport Metro General Manager Mark Lambert says the new bus station will be located right next to Manukau train station and that the Manukau civic offices car park on Putney Way (between Davies Avenue and Osterley Way) will be transformed into a bus station. The train and bus stations will be linked by a covered walkway.
“The 23-bay bus station will be constructed right next to the existing Manukau Train Station with all the amenities of a modern station – a ticket office, customer service area, a large passenger waiting area, convenience kiosks, a drop and ride area, 24-hour security and toilets. It will be pedestrian friendly and be accessible for everyone.
“The public transport hub at Manukau will provide better connections to the places Aucklanders want to go. It will help to reduce reliance on private transport and ease congestion on local and arterial roads.”
The NZ Transport Agency’s Auckland Regional Director, Ernst Zöllner says the Manukau Station upgrade will give people better access to jobs, education and housing, as well as more choice about how to get around Auckland.
“Manukau and South Auckland will play a vital role in Auckland’s economic growth, and the Government, through the NZ Transport Agency is committed to providing transport solutions that support growth and productivity.”
Better bus and rail connections are the key to unlocking Auckland’s land use and ensuring the maximum number of households can benefit from urban development as well as giving employers better access to strong and growing labour markets.
The latest design for the station building incorporates feedback from public consultation in November last year.
“The latest design for the station building incorporates feedback from public consultation in November last year” according to Auckland Transport. Except that the designs that went out to consultation last November and these apparent final designs are the exact same. No changes were made what so ever post consultation despite issues pointed out in the Auckland Transport Post-Consultation Report.
Here are the designs that went out for consultation in November
And here are the designs post consultation (finalised)
So the cycle racks are still unsheltered and still on the mall side of the Interchange. This means they are on the opposite side on the Interchange to where both metro buses will be operating from and the entrance to Manukau Train Station.
The inherently unsafe and inefficient saw tooth design is still there even though submissions said they rather prefer the linear design
And the interchange building is still a single use single storey building right in the middle of the Manukau City Centre which is zoned currently Metropolitan Centre under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. The Metropolitan Centre zone is designed to take high density mixed use developments up to 18 storeys or 72 metres high to benefit from the agglomeration affects the City Centre does. So why Auckland Transport is proceeding with a single story, single use sprawling facility in the middle of Auckland’s biggest Metropolitan Centre (also under the focus of Panuku Development Auckland’s Transform program) I be damned to know.
The Consultation Report was also released today and can be read below:
In the end this not really a day to celebrate but rather a sad day for South Auckland. The one chance we get for a multi-use interchange and Auckland Transport doesn’t even listen to the submitters who had concerns of the proposed and now finalised designs.
My Manukau Interchange Submission to @AklTransport Complete #BetterAuckland post had the submission I was calling for with the Manukau Interchange design.