Thursday, 26th April, 2018
The $28 billion of Auckland transport projects promised for delivery over the next 10 years reinforces Government’s pre-election promise to bring a radically different approach to addressing Auckland’s congestion crisis.
“When unveiling the package today, Transport Minister Phil Twyford’s passion and commitment to address Auckland’s transport crisis with speed and urgency was very evident,” said Michael Barnett, head of the Auckland Business Chamber.
He made it very clear that Government is going to do things differently.
The values alignment with Auckland Mayor Phil Goff on what Auckland and Government need to do with some urgency together to get in front of its growth challenges, was also clear.
The updated ATAP indicative package provides the expected big boost to public transport infrastructure, headed by light rail (city-Airport and Northwest corridor) as well as obvious projects on heavily congested roads in south Auckland and the North Shore.
“Today is a good start,” said Barnett. But if we are going to do things differently, the scale of Auckland’s transport problems means we will need a different approach if we are going to deliver the package on time and within budget.”
“I suggest we need to set some clear targets against which the public can measure progress, including completion dates and timelines for key projects and congestion reduction.”
If Auckland is going to spend this huge amount of money over the next 10-years, we need to be business-smart to show that it will help improve how we move around Auckland, and deliver the broader benefits in health, the environment and safety that the Government wants to achieve.
“At the end of the day the success of the aligned strategy will be judged by the pace at which it is transferred to projects on the ground,” said Barnett.