FROM THE EDITOR
There were plenty of highlights in Monday night’s Newshub leaders debate.
But there was one standout moment which got everyone talking. It came when Prime Minister Bill English said Auckland was ‘‘coping a lot better’’ now the Waterview Tunnel was open. The remark was met with a mixture of cynical laughter and applause.
Firstly, the Waterview Tunnel was a previous Labour government’s idea, although National were the ones to deliver it.
Secondly, Auckland is not coping a lot better now the tunnel is open. The western and southern motorways are still gridlocked at peak hour and the main arterial roads are not much better.
What would help Auckland cope a lot better is improved public transport services.
It seems English is looking at Auckland’s traffic problems with ‘‘tunnel vision’’, unable to see that what Aucklanders really want is cheap and efficient transport, like many other international cities have on offer.