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What will Auckland have as choices More to the point do we have any choices? The short answer to that is NO! We could be facing a choice of … Continue reading Alternative Transport Funding Package to be Unveiled Today
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Going to be a long and contentious day
August 13 is going to be a very long and contentious day in Town Hall starting at 10am sharp.
While the agenda is not as long as the Transport Committee agenda’s (and that is only due to the Auckland Transport monthly report from its respective Board being added) it does stand at 200 odd pages long and has five heavy items in there. They being:
- Unitary Plan Update
- Port Zone decision
- Lot 59 (The Manukau Bus Interchange opposite the MIT being built in Manukau)
- Mill Road/Redoubt Road Corridor
- Iwi Management Plan
You can see the main agenda and the addendum agenda below
The Main Agenda
The Addendum Agenda including the Unitary Plan and Port of Auckland
Of course I will be in attendance at that Committee meeting and Tweeting live as the updates and moves occur. Also an update on the Congestion Free Network should also arrive on Tuesday (the 13th as well).
As I said in the beginning, it will be a long and contentious day as the heavy stuff progresses through.
Campbell Live Reports
And so for an entire 30 minutes last night, New Zealand got a Campbell Live show dedicated to one of the biggest issues in New Zealand. No it is not the GSCB (yawn) and no it was not about taxation (per se). It was about transport – the nation’s artery system for moving goods and people around that is not in a great state right now.
This would be owing to lack of proper investment in our transport network or Government investing in the wrong areas of the transport equation. Yes I am referring to the Holiday Highway up at the north end of Auckland.
However, I digress. Take a look at the full Campbell Live segment on the Congestion Free Network idea here:
Might as well add the Manukau South Link to that CFN map. I know ATB does not think much of the particular link in itself however, that piece of infrastructure is a virtual go from Auckland Transport once the business case study is reported back late this year. The only thing that can effectively stop the Link from being built is not Port of Auckland’s Wiri Facility but rather politics in itself from Council or NIMBY‘s.
If one is also wondering why Auckland Transport and the Office of the Mayor are rather silent on the Congestion Free Network idea I did go send off some enquiries to both.
Auckland Transport have noted the CFN and will take a look at whether parts could be incorporated into the 2015 Integrated Transport Plan. That draft ITP is not due out for consultation until next year and will be heavily influenced by the Council master budget document – the 2015 Long Term Plan.
I also received a reply in brief from the Mayor’s office as well on the Congestion Free Network. A response is coming on the CFN queries I made under the “media” arm of my consultancy business (TotaRim Consultancy Limited) and should be with me soon. Once I have the response I will run commentary on it.
As mentioned in other posts, I support what Transport Blog and Generation Zero are trying to do in bringing Auckland forward into the 21st Century. It is by no means perfect nor pretty but, it is sure as better than what is in the 2012 Integrated Transport Plan.
Congestion Free Network = a #movingauckland which = a #BetterAuckland
- ATB’s Congestion Free Network (voakl.net)
- Don’t Forget, AT is Asking On the New Southern Bus Network (voakl.net)
- Auckland must toll or tax (nzherald.co.nz)
- Analyst says congestion charge provides stable income (radionz.co.nz)