has abandoned the beleaguered Northern Pathway bridge across Auckland’s
edition of InfraRead ran an opinion piece on this ill-conceived vanity
project and we, along with others who opposed the proposal, are pleased the
Government has listened and has decided to instead reallocate the funding to
other transport projects that reduce emissions and congestion including bringing
forward the Eastern Busway, which will achieve similar objectives to the bridge
of reducing emissions and congestion.
the Government wants to bring forward to give East Aucklanders more choices is
a 1.9km link between Glen Innes and Panmure to connect the new Eastern Busway
cycleway with the Glen Innes to Tamaki cycleway. Additional work will occur in
the near future to identify other key links in the Auckland strategic cycling
network that can be delivered.
continue on a public transport-led second Waitematā Harbour crossing. $60 million
was allocated in the Auckland Transport Alignment Project earlier this year for
planning work and property acquisition to occur.
Hon Michael Wood has said the Seapath cycleway project will continue, with
some redesign at the Harbour Bridge end. The Government will run a short
process to investigate lower cost options to create a connection for walking
and cycling across the Waitematā Harbour before the additional harbour crossing
conceded that the Northern Pathway bridge did not get the public support needed
for a project of its scale.
lies a key characteristic that has come to define Minister Wood:
- from establishing a select committee inquiry so
everyone could have a say into congestion pricing in Auckland, to
- making a fresh start for Auckland light rail to
draw a line under the disquiet that surrounded previous ideas for the project
and listen to Aucklanders about what sort of light rail system they want, to
- declining a tolling proposal from Waka Kotahi NZ
Transport Agency for the new Ara Tūhono – Puhoi to Warkworth motorway north of
Auckland due to 80 percent of the affected community opposing it.
continuously seeks public buy-in into major projects and policies and actively takes
into consideration the feedback that is provided.
Perhaps credit is due to his prior local
government experience. Whatever it may be, there is some comfort to be had in
knowing we have a transport minister who is interested in the opinions of those
inside and outside the proverbial tent.