Labour promises to fast track light rail system
Labour has fired the first major salvo in the Mt Roskill by-election campaign with a promise to fast-track a light rail system from Wynyard Quarter through Britomart to Mt Roskill.
The 13-kilometre route is expected to cost almost $1.4 billion, and Labour leader Andrew Little said the Government and Auckland Council would pay about $680m each. The line would be the basis for a more extensive light rail network.
He said Auckland Council had included the light rail line as part of its 10-year plan from 2016 to 2026. But the Government’s Auckland Transport Alignment Plan had pushed it back to after 2028.
Labour was keen to start work on the line ‘‘as soon as possible’’ and would work with the council to make it a priority within 10 years.
Little denied the policy was an election bribe, saying it brought forward an existing plan.
National candidate Parmjeet Parmar says Wood is desperate to be a politician and is putting Labour politics ahead of Mt Roskill. She said he had changed his stance on light rail from last year when he had said light rail was ‘‘not a fully formed proposal’’.
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