The government announced
earlier this year it was making a “fresh start” on the Auckland Light Rail
project. Transport Minister Hon Michael Wood said this was because the
previous process had not involved Aucklanders enough. The government
subsequently set up the Auckland Light Rail Group to develop a business case
and make recommendations. The group consists of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport
Agency, the Ministry of Transport, Auckland Council, Auckland Transport, and
light rail will run from the city centre to Māngere and is intended to provide
the backbone for future light rail to North and North-west Auckland.
The group is
currently holding community focussed “listening” sessions until 31 August
to understand what people want and build the project’s social licence. This engagement period is about finding the
solution that gives the best transport, access, urban development, economic and
environmental outcomes for everyone.
Light Rail Group will include the feedback into its business case and it
expects to provide its recommendations to the government in September. We
encourage you to visit the light rail website
and complete the online feedback form.
will make a decision about the route, mode and delivery entity later this year.
Later phases of
consultation will address more detailed issues like the location of stops or
stations and how disruption will be managed.
Infrastructure New Zealand will be
holding a member event in August on the Auckland Light Rail. More details to be released soon.