Information Act Request to NZTA on City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Project. Which Way Will They Start?

Finding the methodology in NZTA’s decision making process

Ever since it was reported in the Planning Committee of Auckland Council last month that the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) were not ruling out starting City Centre to Mangere Light Rail (CC2M) from the Airport end (rather than the City Centre end) it had me thinking what methodology would be used to influence such a decision. See: NZTA Have NOT Ruled Out Starting City Centre to Mangere Light Rail from Airport End First, Queen Street End won’t start until AFTER 2021

So off to making an Official Information Act request I go which will be due back January next year:

Updates on City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Project and Which End the Project Will Start At

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 January 30, 2019 (details and exceptions).

From: Ben Ross – December 11, 2018

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

I am seeking updates in how City Centre to Mangere Light Rail is progressing due to lack of information being published by NZTA on said project.

In this case I am looking at the methodology around which end to start City Centre to Mangere (CC2M) Light Rail (LRT) given decisions would have great impact on communities of South Auckland (positive and negative)

Preamble 
On the 27th of November 2018 the Auckland Council Planning Committee was discussing the CC2M update. It was alluded to by the Chief Strategy Officer Jim Quinn that NZTA had NOT ruled out starting CC2M from the Airport end and that CC2M would not start at the Queen Street end until after 2021 owing to the America’s Cup and APEC 21. For video footage of the meeting where CC2M was mentioned see https://youtu.be/GTcVHgY7rgo 
For full posting on the matter see: NZTA Have NOT Ruled Out Starting City Centre to Mangere Light Rail from Airport End First, Queen Street End won’t start until AFTER 2021

Again for clarity: 
no decision calls have been made about starting CC2M from the Mangere/Airport end (just as NZTA keep couching all Airport to Botany Rapid Transit language as Light Rail) HOWEVER, no work on the Queen Street end of CC2M will start until after the America’s Cup in 2021.

My questions to NZTA are this: 

  1. Why will CC2M not start at the Queen Street end until after 2021
  2. What methodology is NZTA using to determine where CC2M starts whether it be the City Centre end or the Mangere/Airport end
  3. Has there been cost escalations in the project and if so how much
  4. Has there been complexities in CC2M not previously seen that are delaying the project, if so what and how much by
  5. When can we expect our first sod turned (marking the start of CC2M) for CC2M

I look forward to your reply

Ben Ross


Due to the holiday season the reply will not be back until end of next month, IF it is not extended. 

Be interesting to see what NZTA come back with.

Northern Airport Line Layout. Source: Auckland Transport

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