The money saved with the new part surface/part tunnel option for the Waterview motorway project should be used to start construction of the long proposed Avondale-Southdown line at the same time as the motorway is built.
Building this line between Avondale, Onehunga and Southdown, together with rebuilding the Westfield railway junction, would create a large circular railway around central Auckland and would enable up to three city loop line services to operate. An extension of the line from Onehunga to the airport would further enhance the attractiveness of trains.
Rail uses considerably less land than motorways and can move more people more quickly than any other transport mode, and when it is electrified it is more environmentally friendly with less pollution and is not reliant on expensive overseas oil.
Building the Avondale-Southdown line would benefit the residents in this area and the rest of Auckland. ISAAC BROOME
Royal Oak what it is – simply a divide and conquer strategy to draw attention away from the real agenda.
That agenda is that the supercity model is about privatisation and contracting out, less local say and democracy and increasing inequality between the districts.
Soon the government will announce the Maori seats are in but it is not the time for Maori and all of us to sit back. We must continue to stand up and ensure these big issues are not lost. SARITA DIVIS