Government’s new light rail establishment unit represents an opportunity to
rethink the wider transport and development vision for Auckland to tackle
congestion, carbon and housing affordability challenges,” says Infrastructure
New Zealand Policy Director, Hamish Glenn.
Government announced today it is setting up a new Establishment Unit to
evaluate options for rapid transit between the city centre and Mangere. The new
unit will sit inside Waka Kotahi and be led by an independent chair with a governance
board comprising representatives from Auckland Transport, Auckland Council,
Ministry of Transport, Kainga Ora and Waka Kotahi itself.
is expected to report back to the Government towards the end of the year on
mode, route, costing, funding, financing, value capture and delivery entity.
is an ambitious timeline and the new Minister deserves credit for moving
quickly to address questions over the future of the project.
unit is expected to engage communities left out of the previous process. It
will be important to engage not just communities but the industry which will be
required to deliver light rail and which has endured several years of
clarity will be important for the financial community in particular who will
need to understand what the Government’s appetite is for private sector
to the success of the Unit and its ability to develop a project which endures
political cycles will be a broad mandate which answers major outstanding
questions about the future growth and development of Auckland.
released ATAP analysis found that congestion and carbon emissions both worsen
under current transport plans and there remains no evidence that housing can be
delivered at a price point Aucklanders can afford.
is the transport network that Auckland needs to be a competitive, equitable and
does a transport system which achieves a net zero carbon New Zealand in 2050
and when will competitive land supply which enables affordable housing be
the Establishment Unit can answer these questions and demonstrate that light
rail between the city centre and Mangere is an essential component then public
concerns with the project will quickly dissipate.
project is a test case for the future of integrated transport and development
in New Zealand.
major cities in New Zealand will be watching the progress of the Unit closely
as will the domestic and international infrastructure sector,” Glenn says.
For further information and comment contact Hamish Glenn on 021 034 7229