Di­vert sav­ings

Central Leader - - Letters -

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


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