Opening up the forgotten North West
Lost in last week’s debate about light rail to the airport was another proposal: a Northwest Light Rail line. Harriet Gale from Greater Auckland explains. Just over a week ago Jacinda Ardern announced Labour’s new Auckland transport policy. All the talk was about light rail to the airport, but th……
A Northwest Light Rail line will be transformative for this city, slashing travel times and therefore making it more desirable to live and do business in the northwest:
- Kumeu to the central city is currently serviced by one bus every 30 minutes, with a travel time of one hour 30 minutes on a good day. A light rail service would run every five minutes and deliver passengers to town in just 38 minutes.
- The trip from Westgate to the central city would drop from one hour 20 minutes on a good day to 28 minutes.
Source: Light rail won’t just run to the airport – it also unlocks West Auckland
Finally the North West will be in easy access to the City Centre as Manukau is with either South Auckland or the City Centre.
It is a shame it has taken so long to get this far with the North West Light Rail line but Labour and the Greens are committed to getting it done unlike National.