Airport Line could trigger unwanted consequences Cities are complicated. These three things can all happen at same time, even in same metro: 1) increasing gentrification; 2) increasing … Continue reading Gentrification: What Has Geographers Banging Their Heads Against the Walls and Has Planners in Knots While Auckland is Not Immune!
Tag: East West Link
NZTA Caught Telling Porkies over the East West Link? NZTA Used Inaccurate Visuals In Consent for EWL
Throw the case out and start again? As the East West Link Board of Inquiry continues it seems a rather piece of damning revelation has come out from the … Continue reading NZTA Caught Telling Porkies over the East West Link? NZTA Used Inaccurate Visuals In Consent for EWL
East West Link Defeats the One Thing it was meant to serve: INDUSTRY!
East West Link turning to a fast If there was ever an ironic moment East West Link would be it. East West Link has been touted by the … Continue reading East West Link Defeats the One Thing it was meant to serve: INDUSTRY!
The (Urban) Geography of Moving Auckland’s Inland Ports and Consequences on the East West Link and Third Main
Kiwi Rail Third Main Business Case might reveal more than being let on The case of the Third Main between Wiri and Otahuhu on the Southern and Eastern Lines … Continue reading The (Urban) Geography of Moving Auckland’s Inland Ports and Consequences on the East West Link and Third Main
Message to NZTA: No Trashing the Manukau Harbour With a Motorway. So Option B Please
Option B not Option A While attention has been squarely focused on the victory for the City Rail Link attention on the East West Link has escaped most the attention … Continue reading Message to NZTA: No Trashing the Manukau Harbour With a Motorway. So Option B Please
Government Confirms to City Rail Link Starting 2018 #AKLPols . Thank You Len!
Key announces plans for Government to support Council starting CRL in 2018 The Prime Minister has just finished giving his speech to the Auckland Chamber of Commerce lunch where … Continue reading Government Confirms to City Rail Link Starting 2018 #AKLPols . Thank You Len!
Feedback to NZTA’s East West Connections In – I Say NO! #AKLPols
You have until Friday to get your feedback in I have sent my feedback in opposing the entire East West Connections proposal by both NZTA and Auckland Transport. I will … Continue reading Feedback to NZTA’s East West Connections In – I Say NO! #AKLPols
More News on the East West Link
Options One, Two and Three seem to be abandoned
I caught this from the Respect our Community Campaign Facebook page:
Respect Our Community Campaign – ROCC
MORE GOOD NEWS!!
Via Donna, we have just heard from Maungakiekie Local Board chairman, Simon Randall that Auckland Transport have dropped plans to push their motorway through the northern foreshore of Manukau Harbour and Panama/Riverside! Great news … here is his email:
I have just gotten off the phone with Auckland Transport who has confirmed that the focus of the east west link will be between SH20 and SH1 on the northern side of the Mangere Inlet, meaning that initial suggestions that there may be new motorway connections through the Panama Road area are no longer going to be pursued. I hope that this is good news for you, the Local Board has pushed for this to be abandoned for some time and are pleased it now has been abandoned.
There may still be some minor works associated in the area to support the East West Link, these have yet to be developed but I have made it clear that the Panama Road / Riverside Community to be well engaged on this project and have urged early discussions with residents such as yourselves…etc etc
That is news indeed.
So the question is – where next?
BREAKING NEWS – EAST WEST LINK CONSIDERATION
AUCKLAND TRANSPORT RECONSIDERS EAST-WEST LINK
Coming in live via Twitter
A massive coup indeed for South Auckland.
Press release due out tomorrow but I can see even from my home in Papakura the relief , tears and joy for those that were in the firing line by the East-West Link – especially Option Four.
Accelerated Transport Package Under Way
Sod Turned on first accelerated transport projects
The Prime Minister along with other dignitaries today turned the first sod up on the North Shore for the accelerated transport projects announced in June this year.
Accelerated package of Auckland Transport projects
Wednesday, 18 December, 2013 – 08:46
A sod turning today by Prime Minister John Key to celebrate a construction start on a project linking the Upper Harbour Highway to the Northern Motorway signals what promises be an action-packed few years to get on top of Auckland’s crucial transport infrastructure needs.
In an event billed as the start of an accelerated package of Auckland transport improvements, the Prime Minister is scheduled to launch the first of a group of projects he confirmed in his “Backing Auckland” speech in June
The project launched today involves building a motorway-to-motorway link between the Upper Harbour Highway and the Northern Motorway at Constellation Drive, upgrading the Greville Road interchange and improving the Northern Busway.
Welcoming the accelerated programme, chairman of the Auckland Business Forum Michael Barnett said he anticipated other critical projects commencing soon, including reducing delays on the State Highway 20A route to Auckland Airport at the Kirkbride Intersection, and widen the Southern Motorway between Manukau and Papakura.
“We also need to see action as soon as possible on the next generation of major projects the Prime Minister confirmed in June, especially the East-West Link and Central Rail Link,” said Mr Barnett.
An early start to the east-west link between the south western motorway at Onehunga and southern motorway at Mt Wellington on the northern shore of Manukau Harbour is critical, he said. “After the central city this is Auckland’s second highest area of employment. Congestion is already bad enough. But with the economy improving and other freight and warehouse businesses setting up in the Southdown area, the project needs to be progressed with speed and urgency.
You can read the full speech over at Voxy
Some of the accelerated projects are controversial (East-West Link) while others are very much needed (CRL and widening the Southern Motorway between Papakura and Manukau).
Still I note Barnett’s comments about the East-West Link and the drive behind that. I would approach the East-West Link with caution owing to potential land-use changes over the next 30 years. As noted previously by Councillor Bill Cashmore there is a real chance heavy industry and large-scale logistic firms could be forced south by natural land-use change towards residential, commercial and some light industry. We already are seeing that at the west end of Onehunga with the Onehunga Special Housing Area flipping light industry over to Mixed Use (residential and commercial).
More on this as information dribbles out over the next six months.