This is what happens when Auckland Transport Comms (yes you Wally) either mixes a message up or the managers responsible in overseeing a project do not reply to emails on a given project: ABSOLUTE CONFUSION.
I was updated earlier today that rather than Otahuhu Transport Interchange being delayed it has in fact being brought forward to start construction on Wednesday as noted below:
From Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport plans to build a new bus train interchange next to the existing Otahuhu Railway Station to contribute to a better connected and more frequent service.
Project status: Design
Project zone: South
- Auckland Transport is moving to a simpler and more integrated public transport network as part of the Public Transport Network Plan.
- A new network of buses and trains will change the way people travel – including the need for some passengers to transfer at key interchanges.
- The new Otāhuhu bus/train interchange will be a key transfer station connecting bus users from the region to the rail network.
Helping to serve as a catalyst for growth for Otāhuhu, the new interchange is also expected to attract more people to live and work in the area.
- Better connectivity between bus and rail networks.
- Will use increased capacity of new electric trains.
- Improved pedestrian connections in Otāhuhu.
- Bus services will be more frequent and bus and train timetables will be aligned.
- New infrastructure provides a catalyst for growth and rejuvenation in Otāhuhu.
August 2014 – Public open days.
September 2014 – Completion of detailed design.
November 2014 – Construction begins.
July 2015 – Completion of the bus interchange and concourse (stage one).
December 2015 – Completion of the train platform canopies and upgrade (stage two).
- Upgrade of existing Otāhuhu Train Station to a bus and train interchange.
- The bus component of the interchange will be built on land adjacent to the existing Otāhuhu Train Station.
- The interchange will incorporate the existing Otāhuhu Train Station, linking the rail platform with two new bus platforms and a terminal building via an elevated concourse.
- Vehicles will access the site via a new signalised western approach to the Walmsley Rd / Saleyards Rd / Station Rd signalised intersection.
- The total cost, including investigation, design, construction and land purchase, will be around $25 million.
The new bus interchange will be located next to the existing Otāhuhu Rail Station with construction expected to get underway in December 2014.
So the update that went up from Auckland Transport this morning (thanks for the Presser – not) illustrates phase one starts this week.
This now raises a few more questions around the entire mess owing to Auckland Transport’s comm’s not being the best I can think of across the wider Council organisation.
Of course questions around AT comm’s is one thing but when having a search through the Tender/Procurement page of the Auckland Transport website to see what might be going on something went amiss.
Let’s start with the Forward Work Program which I can an eye on to see where things are going, and most likely where Councillor Wood started looking last week.
The Forward Working Document
So the Forward Working Document (August) states the Tender should be out and closing at the end of the month. Now with construction starting ahead of time I still checked the ‘Current Tender’ page which showed nothing, and finally the Contracts Awarded page which also shows nothing for a $20m approximate project. Granted the contract could have been awarded this month and the PDF not updated as of yet (last updated 31 October).
The Award Contracts Page
So I am at a total loss here and am wondering what is going on with:
- Councillor George Wood was right to draw the conclusion that they have been pushed back to 2021 based on the LTP documents (as I also concluded as well.
- There hasn’t been any tenders released as noted above.
- So how come AT is starting construction in two days?
At least the Interchange is going ahead. Now to see what is going with Manukau.