I have some serious doubts
Earlier today Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Mayor Len Brown presented the Auckland Transport Alignment – the agreement that will coordinate together the delivery of Auckland’s transport delivery and investment.
You can read the full report below but first some words from the Mayor:
Auckland and Government agree on transport
A joint report from Auckland Council and the government released today is being hailed as a giant step forward in agreeing Auckland’s transport investments for the next 30 years.
Mayor Len Brown says the Foundation report from the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) shows that Government and Auckland Council already have a high level of agreement on the key issues future investment must address to meet Auckland’s transport needs.
“It is clear that the views between the council and government are extremely close in thinking.”
The Foundation Report outlining current and future transport challenges for the region marks the end of the first stage of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project which will agree on how the transport system needs for Auckland are developed.
You can read the report online.
“For decades, Auckland local government and various governments bickered about the city’s transport issues but no more.
“We are working well with the government with the housing accord and have an excellent working relationship with Simon Bridges, Bill English and their colleagues on this transport agreement. We have a shared interest to maximise value for money across all forms of transport investments throughout Auckland.
Len Brown says the united approach is crucial to Auckland’s continuing success as a highly-sought after place to live and do business in.
He says the government and council recognised the pressure being put on Auckland’s infrastructure and the importance for Auckland to cope with its growth as the engine room of the New Zealand economy. Auckland’s population is growing at 3 per cent a year, or more than 800 new people a week. Over the past two years, Auckland’s economy has been growing at an extra $3 billion a year.
Councillor Bill Cashmore, who assists Mayor Brown in the governance of the project, says “Auckland’s growth means government and council need to put aside politics, agree the facts, design the responses and jointly deliver transport investment through all parts of the region”.
A few weeks ago, Prime Minister John Key announced certainty for the council over the funding for the City Rail Link (CRL).
Len Brown says, “With the government support for the CRL and now the first stage completed of the alignment project, we are on track to deliver that common view of Auckland’s transport future by August this year.
“Then we will be able to conclude the five years of work on alternative transport funding sources by reaching agreement with the government. ATAP represents the removal of the final hurdle for bridging that $12 billion transport funding gap.”
You can read the report below:
One thing I picked up from the Minister this afternoon is that he said 33% of Auckland’s population growth will happen beyond 20km from the City Centre. That is effectively south of Otahuhu and around the Westgate area. This would be mainly from the large Greenfield areas to be established in the South and the north-west as seen below:
As you can see those figures cover the Greenfield areas and not the existing areas including the Manukau and Papakura Metropolitan Centres. So I wonder if Bridges 33% figure reflects both Greenfield and Brownfield? But the problem comes up with the bulk of the population growth going into the south and west but bulk of the jobs going within 20km of the City Centre (that is the Isthmus).
You can see the major issue to face the transport network with more people both on the Southern Line and Southern Motorway trying to get to jobs in the Isthmus (while living in the South) creating more problems at the Otahuhu-Mt Wellington bottleneck (affects both rail and motorway). Bridges hinted at throwing more buses and cycle lanes into the South to help get the South moving. Something tells me the ATAP group has no idea what so ever what to do with the South nor do I wonder if they have read the Unitary Plan.
Auckland Transport has said here (Future of Transport in Southern Auckland) that 80% of commuting trips in the South will go no further north than Manukau and the Airport. I hope they are right because there is no way we are going to get the increasing amount of residents trying to get through the Otahuhu-Mt Wellington bottleneck to the Isthmus where these apparent bulk of the jobs are going. Then again Council is also slow through the Unitary Plan thinking we can get more people from the South into the Isthmus for work when we can simply can not without harming freight movements too much.
So lots of growth in the South, lots of apparent job growth in the Isthmus and Auckland Transport says 80% of the commutes wont go north beyond Manukau and the Airport. Am I missing something here folks?
The website: http://www.transport.govt.nz/land/auckland/atap/