Council wants East West Link delay
An Auckland Council attempt to delay a major roading project has been met with opposition by the city’s Chamber of Commerce.
Auckland Council’s planning committee has requested the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) delay plans for the East West Link.
NZTA plans to lodge its resource consent application with the Environmental Protection Authority this month for the multi-million-dollar roading project.
The council’s planning committee requests the application is not lodged prior to February 2017.
Despite this, an NZTA spokesperson says the agency is going ahead with plans to lodge the application in December.
Maungakiekie Councillor and deputy chair, Denise Lee, tabled the delay request proposal to the planning committee last week.
The motion passed unanimously.
The motion said the delay would allow more time for the Onehunga community to be considered by NZTA.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive officer Michael Barnett said NZTA should keep its East West Link promise and push on with its plans.
He said traffic congestion in the Onehunga-Penrose area was costing freight operators millions of dollars a year.
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett says NZTA needs to keep its East West Link promise.