Official Information Act Requests on Airport to Botany (Southern Airport Line) Due Back. Light Rail Might Be A Go THUS We Now Debate Route Selection?

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Tomorrow is a rather large day in terms of Official Information Act and Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act requests that could determine the destiny (as it were) for Southern Auckland.

The Too Long : Didn’t Read (or TL:DR version) is since the Government Policy Statement went live on July 1 preparation work is building up for delivery of Stage 1 of the Southern Airport Line (Airport to Botany Line) and State Highway 20B upgrades has being going on in the background. Since I filed the OIA’s NZTA have been making noises on whether the Line will be bus or light rail (see: Light Rail for Botany to Airport (Southern Airport Line) Inches Closer Thanks (and Thankful) To Proactive NZTA).

 

Integrated Land use/Transport Planning in the GPS. Source: NZ Government

 

Using Transport to create public spaces. Source: GPS via NZ Government

 

Auckland Transport is due to report back tomorrow on the Airport to Manukau section of the Southern Airport Line (NZTA is due to report back on the 24th) while NZTA are due to also reply back tomorrow on State Highway 20B upgrades (which if done right would feed into delivery of the Southern Airport Line). If musings from NZTA are anything to go by and a potential rather interesting slip from Auckland Transport on route selection for the Manukau City Centre section (seems to be a debate on choosing Ronwood Avenue or Manukau Station Road – where the current transit interchange is) then debate could be shifting from Light Rail verses Bus to route selection for LRT (Ronwood Avenue is not suited for Bus Rapid Transit but is for Light Rail).

 

Airport Line through Manukau
Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/365399828/Southern-Airport-Line-LRT-Alignment-Proposals-and-Final#

 

Southern Airport Line LRT
Source: https://www.scribd.com/document/365399828/Southern-Airport-Line-LRT-Alignment-Proposals-and-Final#

 

I have talked about why the Light Rail Line should be running through or by Manukau Station rather than Ronwood Avenue here: The Southern Airport Line and Transit Orientated Developments. Rethinking Transit and Developments in Auckland. Again the TL:DR version is that you keep your main transit spines together in one place in the form of an Interchange rather than have passengers walking 400 metres down a hill (or up one) to get to one of the Lines. Also Ronwood Avenue is served by the 33 Great South Road bus that runs every 10-15 minutes so despite what Auckland Transport says (and they might want to read their own Metro maps) Ronwood Avenue is well served by transit. Furthermore the latest updates I have from Panuku on Transform Manukau (will be in another post) has suggested that initial Urban Renewal will be between Ronwood Avenue and Manukau Station Road rather than north of Ronwood Avenue given the existing station and cluster of civic infrastructure.  Putting Light Rail down Ronwood Avenue rather than Manukau Station Road would not attract best patronage for the Southern Airport Line!

 

The Southern Airport Line through Manukau City Centre. Black – Heavy Rail, Blue = busses, Grey = possible LLRT route

 

Goal 2.7 of Manukau Framework Plan
Source: Panuku Development Auckland

 

Anyway going a bit off course here.

 

Below is the three OIA’s I sent to either NZTA or AT. Once they are back I will post them into the blog for your information:

SH20 and SH20B Southern and Eastern Airport Access Improvements

Ben Ross made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

Currently waiting for a response from New Zealand Transport Agency, they must respond promptly and normally no later than  (details and exceptions).

From: Ben Ross

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

In the Auckland Transport Regional Land Transport Program Capital Expenditure there is a budget line called SH20 and SH20B Southern and Eastern Airport Access Improvements that has a pool of funding set through the RLTP period.

My questions are:
1) What will the SH20 and SH20B Southern and Eastern Airport Access Improvements entail (that is what do we get)?

2) The timeframe for the SH20B and Eastern Access Improvements?

3) Will there be integrated planning and coordination with Auckland Transport are also meant to deliver the Airport to Manukau section of the Airport to Botany Mass Rapid Transit line in the 2018-2021 time period

4) Will the SH20 and SH20B Southern and Eastern Airport Access Improvements be future proofed to allow the eventual delivery of bus rapid transit or light rail transit that would alongside SH20B?

5) Could NZTA take over the delivery of Airport to Botany RTN via Manukau and Airport Access Improvements (Investigation, Route Protection and CAPEX) – Progressing bus rapid transit from Botany to the Airport via Manukau ($258m) given a large portion of the route runs alongside a State Highway corridor. If so what would be the procedures to get the ball rolling for this to happen to allow a fully integrated land use/transport planning and Transit Orientated Development package along the corridor?

Yours faithfully,

…….

 

Botany to Airport Mass Rapid Transit Delivery per ATAP

Ben Ross made this Official Information request to Auckland Transport

Currently waiting for a response from Auckland Transport, they must respond promptly and normally no later than  (details and exceptions).

From: Ben Ross

Dear Auckland Transport,

With the ATAP live and the GPS 2018 soon to be operative one of the major projects of said ATAP was Botany to Airport Mass Rapid Transit – to be delivered over Decades 1 and 2.

My questions on the MRT scheme are the following

1) What exactly is the project delivery of the Manukau to Airport via Puhinui Station section of the Botany to Airport MRT line. That is what does the budget allocations and works entail (what do we get)?

2) When are the works likely to start for the Manukau to Airport section of the Botany to Airport MRT line

3)Will the entire Botany to Airport MRT line be future proofed for Light Rail?

4) What walking and cycling improvements will be done along the entire Manukau to Airport section of the Botany to Airport MRT line especially along the length of SH20B

5) What is the forecast start date for the Manukau to Botany section of the Botany to Airport MRT

6) What steps is Auckland Transport taking with other partners including NZTA and Panuku Development Auckland to enable full integrated land use/transport planning – that is Transit Orientated Developments around the Botany to Airport MRT line given these opportunities were missed with Manukau Bus Station, and is expected as a matter of policy in the Auckland Plan 2050, and the GPS 2050

7) Will Auckland Transport be engaging with the community and stakeholders to help deliver TODs as mentioned in question six above?

Looking forward to your reply

Yours faithfully,

…….

 

Botany to Airport Mass Rapid Transit Delivery per ATAP (from NZTA)

Ben Ross made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

Currently waiting for a response from New Zealand Transport Agency, they must respond promptly and normally no later than  (details and exceptions).

From: Ben Ross

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

Please note: I have asked this of Auckland Transport but in light of new information from an OIA to you (re: https://fyi.org.nz/request/7703-report-a… ) especially around this from the CEO Report Dated March 2018 – Slide 8 I am sending the same OIA to you (with editing for relevance to respective agency):

“As indicated earlier, the Minister of Transport, after consultation with colleagues, has decided to progress the City to Airport (now City to Mangere) light rail link And Airport to Puhinui Station frequent bus connection as immediate high priorities to be funded primarily from the National Land Transport Fund with some potential funding from Auckland Council. Value Capture opportunities will also be explored as well as contributions from Auckland Airport.”

Also please note this OIA serves as an extension to question 6 to my current pending OIA with you https://fyi.org.nz/request/8089-sh20-and…

With the ATAP live and the GPS 2018 soon to be operative one of the major projects of said ATAP was Botany to Airport Mass Rapid Transit – to be delivered over Decades 1 and 2.

My questions on the MRT scheme are the following

1) What exactly is the project delivery of the Manukau to Airport via Puhinui Station section of the Botany to Airport MRT line. That is what does the budget allocations and works entail (what do we get)?

2) When are the works likely to start for the Manukau to Airport section of the Botany to Airport MRT line

3)Will the entire Botany to Airport MRT line be future proofed for Light Rail?

4) What walking and cycling improvements will be done along the entire Manukau to Airport section of the Botany to Airport MRT line especially along the length of SH20B

5) What is the forecast start date for the Manukau to Botany section of the Botany to Airport MRT

6) What steps is NZTA taking with other partners including Auckland Transport, Auckland Council and Panuku Development Auckland to enable full integrated land use/transport planning
(noting this from the NZTA CEO Report – February 2018 (Slide 5: The City – Airport light rail project will be: an integrated transport urban development project)

– that is Transit Orientated Developments around the Botany to Airport MRT line given these opportunities were missed with Manukau Bus Station (delivered by AT but part funded by NZTA), and is expected as a matter of policy in the Auckland Plan 2050, and the GPS 2018

7) Will NZTA be engaging with the community and stakeholders to help deliver TODs as mentioned in question six above?

Looking forward to your reply

……..

Source: https://fyi.org.nz/user/ben_ross/requests

 

 

The Southern Airport Line alternative route through Manukau creating a transit mall type environment . Route could also form the spine for a LLRT route.

 

Fingers crossed for tomorrow and the 24th everyone!

 

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