Vic Crone talks port, transport
Auckland mayoral candidate Vic Crone has shared her views on important Auckland central issues in a Facebook Live Chat.
She is the third mayoral candidate to take part in the video chats in a series the Harbour News is running with the top candidates.
When it comes to transport in Auckland city, Crone says she is concerned about the growing cost of the City Rail Link.
‘‘I am a bit disappointed they have started that programme without having a full understanding of pretty near final costs.
‘‘It’s really hard to negotiate your commercial position once you start building a project.
‘‘So I am worried about the costs,’’ Crone says. She says there does need to be better public transport from the airport to the city, but this should not entail building a new rail network.
Instead, Crone says Auckland Transport should look at improving rapid bus transport from the airport to Onehunga and connecting rail into the existing rail lines.
Crone says she is a fan of moving the port and believes it should not grow any further into the harbour.
‘‘Yes I am a fan of moving that and working with Tauranga and Whangarei … you could completely have a whole waterfront area you can open up.’’
Crone says if the port is moved she would like to see a stadium or something equivalent to an opera house.
She would also like to see ‘‘a much better ferry terminal so we can open up the harbour’’.
Crone says Auckland needs to intensify by building up and out at a rate a lot faster than is currently happening.
‘‘That is actually the only way we are going to take the sting out of the housing market, failing a global financial crisis or war somewhere.’’
She says inner city suburb intensification needs to happen in areas where there are already main transport nodes.
Tune in to the Auckland City Harbour News Facebook page for interviews with Chloe Swarbrick on September 28 at 11am and Phil Goff on September 30 at 1pm.