Greens’ bold light rail plan
The Greens say they will build for light rail between Auckland airport and the CBD in time for the America’s Cup in 2021 if elected.
There are already plans for light rail on the route under the current government but not for another 30 years.
The Green Party will fast-track the current plans for light rail between the Wynard Quarter and the airport by making the project a $2.3 billion project of national significance.
The party has previously said it want light rail in place before 2025 but have now moved it up in response to the America’s Cup, which will likely be held in Auckland.
Greens transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter said many Aucklanders believed airport rail was due.
‘‘A new rail line will give people the freedom to by-pass congested roads and travel from the city to Dominion Rd and the air- port easily and quickly.
‘‘There is already a very detailed plan. We just need the political will.’’
It would look into additional funding sources to get that $2.3b, including capturing some of the land value increase that light rail would bring to areas it touched.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges said earlier this week that some infrastructure projects could be brought forwards in time for 2021, but he doesn’t believe getting light rail in time is feasible.
An artist’s impression of light rail on Auckland’s Queen Street.