‘Vi­sion’ wanted for One­hunga link

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

Plans for con­struc­tion of the newly ac­cel­er­ated East-West Link have been branded as not ‘‘vi­sion­ary’’ enough to re­ally solve the con­ges­tion is­sues in One­hunga.

But oth­ers are wel­com­ing the op­por­tu­nity to have their say on how to un­lock the po­ten­tial of an area that em­ploys 60,000 peo­ple and con­trib­utes 18 per cent of Auck­land’s GDP.

The process of en­gag­ing the wider com­mu­nity on how best to un­clog One­hunga’s Church and Neil­son streets be­gan with a pub­lic meet­ing at­tended by 200 busi­ness peo­ple from what was de­scribed as New Zealand’s ‘‘in­dus­trial heart­land’’ last week.

Auck­land Trans­port has put to­gether four pos­si­ble op­tions for speed­ing up jour­ney times in, out and through the One­hunga area and pre­sented them to the busi­ness com­mu­nity at the meet­ing.

Since the govern­ment an­nounce­ment last month that the East-West Link and the AMETI pro­ject are the high­est pri­or­i­ties be­hind the City Rail Link, Auck­land Trans­port has turned se­ri­ous at­ten­tion to the fast­tracked job.

A busi­ness case needs to be es­tab­lished by the end of this year.

Trans­port plan­ner Ian Blundell says the four op­tions are not rigid and the fi­nal plan is likely to com­bine a mix of ele­ments from all four plans.

‘‘We are right at the start [of plan­ning] and we are will­ing to talk with key stake­hold­ers on this,’’ Mr Blundell told the meet­ing.

‘‘We’d like to find ways to bring it for­ward, and we hope to have a busi­ness case by the end of the year so we have to move quickly.

‘‘The pre­ferred op­tion will likely be a pick and mix, tak­ing the best of each and cre­at­ing a said.

One­hunga iden­tity Jim Jack­son, of the One­hunga En­hance­ment So­ci­ety said the pre­sented plans lacked vi­sion and ap­peared to show mo­tor­ways be­ing built over ‘‘very ex­pen­sive in­dus­trial land’’.

so­lu­tion,’’ he

Oth­ers were more com­pli­men­tary.

One man said the ‘‘pre­cious hours’’ of too many peo­ple were be­ing sucked up by con­ges­tion and it was good to see steps be­ing taken.

National Road Car­ri­ers As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Chris Carr said the con­sul­ta­tion Auck­land Trans­port is run­ning is a golden op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute.

Hav­ing buy-in from the govern­ment, Auck­land Coun­cil and both Auck­land Trans­port and the New Zealand Trans­port Agency was al­most un­heard-of.

‘‘This is an amaz­ing re­sult. There has not been this kind of con­sul­ta­tion be­fore and it’s amaz­ing that you have the op­tion here to do it,’’ Mr Carr said.

‘‘The go-ahead for this was three weeks ago. We should be pleased – this is way ahead of any­thing we’ve ever had be­fore.’’

Photo: JOE DAW­SON

Busy stretch: Neil­son St is a ma­jor freight cor­ri­dor.

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