Auckland Light Rail’s indicative
business case and shortlist of options is an encouraging light at the end of
the tunnel for Aucklanders, Infrastructure New Zealand General Manager Claire
“Light rail is a massive
catalyst for economic development, will create jobs, reduce travel times and
connect Auckland’s communities, including some not currently on the public
transport network. It will help make Auckland an even better place to live,
work and play.
“Auckland Light Rail Group
was required to submit to Transport Minister Michael Wood in a relatively short
period of time. To present this compelling case in such a short period makes it
even clearer light rail is a no brainer and a very necessary investment as part
of an integrated public transport network in our biggest city,” Ms Edmondson
“It’s encouraging that all three
shortlisted options of light metro, light rail and tunnelled light rail have
positive benefit-cost ratios. There is still lots to do to get to the delivery
phase and we need the Government’s decision to keep this moving forward.
“Aucklanders need certainty
that this is going to happen. Light rail is an important circuit breaker to
reduce public transport congestion, and without it, Aucklanders are likely to
start opposing planned congestion charges. Auckland will be home to about 2.4
million people by 2050, and congestion will only worsen.
“Light rail between
Auckland’s city centre and Māngere will provide the backbone for future light
rail to North and North-west Auckland making it all the more important that a
second crossing across the Waitematā Harbour includes provision for light rail,”
Ms Edmondson says.
“Light rail is a vital step
in resolving long-standing issues and future-proofing Auckland and we need to
get cracking,” Ms Edmondson says.
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Infrastructure New Zealand
held a well-attended event on the Auckland light rail project earlier this year
which enabled members to ask questions and also provide feedback directly.