Postcard campaign starts
A campaign aimed at highlighting uncertainty around public transport projects in Auckland has started.
Launched at the Mt Albert railway station by the Campaign for Better Transport, Action Stations seeks to gain assurance from central government that a range of transport initiatives will go ahead despite the withdrawal of the regional fuel tax.
Integrated ticketing, new stations, ferry terminals, Onehunga rail and electric trains are some of the issues the group is concerned about.
Campaign organiser Dr Francis Reid encourages the public to take part in the campaign by sending key transport decision-makers a postcard.
“These projects need to be completed. The government-appointed Auckland Council transition agency is threatening to delay all of these projects even further,” says Dr Reid.
The group says the Auckland Re- gional Transport Agency, which oversees public transport improvements, has now been forced by central government to apply for funding from the New Zealand Transport Agency for railway stations in Onehunga and other projects.
Tracks on the Onehunga branch line have now been replaced, but the location of passenger rail stations and how they are to be funded is still to be determined.
Campaign convener Cameron Pitches says the withdrawal of $200 million worth of funding through the regional fuel tax has left a gaping hole in Auckland public transport funding.
He says news that the government will slash up to $250m from public transport infrastructure spending over the next three years in order to boost expenditure on new state highways, is deeply depressing.
The postcards can be downloaded from www.bettertransport.org.nz.