Do­min­ion Rd up­grades on hold

Central Leader - - EDUCATION - SHABNAM DASTGHEIB

Auck­land Trans­port’s plans for Do­min­ion Rd are still up in the air, with no time­frame in place for solv­ing the road’s chronic con­ges­tion prob­lem.

Pre­vi­ous plans have been shelved due to ‘‘fund­ing priorities’’ and light rail is now be­ing con­sid­ered.

In 2014, Do­min­ion Rd, a main ar­te­rial route to the city cen­tre, was ear­marked for an over­haul which was to change its pro­file sub­stan­tially.

But Auck­land Trans­port spokesman Mark Han­nan said this week fund­ing priorities had shifted in the coun­cil’s long term plan and Do­min­ion Rd was now part of the coun­cil’s ‘‘in­ves­ti­ga­tion into light rail’’.

Han­nan said he ‘‘hoped to be in a po­si­tion to com­ment later this year’’.

Trans­port Blog spokesman Pa­trick Reynolds said progress was frus­trat­ingly slow.

‘‘There’s no way we can get on with any­thing of value in an ex­pe­di­tious way.’’

Reynolds said light rail would be a wel­come re­lief to the city and he did have sym­pa­thy for the coun­cil and Auck­land Trans­port jug­gling such a com­plex prob­lem with lim- Auck­land Trans­port had planned to pro­vide con­tin­u­ous bus lanes and sig­nal pri­or­ity for buses at traf­fic lights. There were plans for wider bus lanes and par­al­lel cy­cle routes along the roads as well as newreg­u­la­tions for park­ing. Part of the up­grade­was a ‘‘streetscape im­prove­ment to vil­lage cen­tres’’ and safety up­grades for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists

ited re­sources.

The coun­cil had wanted to change the of­ten-con­gested six km stretch of road to of­fer a faster way to get into the city, pro­vid­ing con­tin­u­ous bus lanes and par­al­lel cy­cle routes along neigh­bour­ing roads.

There were to be new reg­u­la­tions for park­ing, and bus bays were to be re­moved.

Part of the up­grade was a ‘‘streetscape im­prove­ment to vil­lage cen­tres’’ and safety up­grades for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists.

The coun­cil has pre­vi­ously pre­dicted that bus pa­tron­age along Do­min­ion Rd was pro­jected to in­crease by 67 per cent to 3 mil­lion an­nual pas­sen­gers by 2021.

The plans were orig­i­nally to be com­pleted by the end of 2016.

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