Mo­tor­way board of in­quiry hear­ing opens

North Harbour News - - HEALTH - AMY BAKER

A ma­jor Auck­land mo­tor­way project is one step closer as a board of in­quiry starts for three weeks in Up­per Har­bour.

The North­ern Cor­ri­dor Im­prove­ments (NCI) project pro­posal board of in­quiry hear­ing will run at QBE Sta­dium in Al­bany un­til Au­gust 8.

Thirty-three sub­mis­sions were made to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) in March.

More than sub­mis­sions in­di­vid­u­als groups.

Ten sub­mit­ters op­posed the pro­posal in part or in full, and 22 sup­ported it in part or in full. Only four were seek­ing the pro­posal to be de­clined.

How­ever, 22 sub­mit­ters sought the pro­posal to be granted with conditions. half the were from and busi­ness of

Com­mon is­sues and con­cerns in­cluded traf­fic and trans­port, con­struc­tion ef­fects, busways and sta­tions, and shared use paths and cy­cle ways, ac­cord­ing to an re­port by the EPA.

Fif­teen sub­mit­ters dis­cussed the busway.

There was sup­port for the ex­ten­sion of the busway and en­hance­ment of pub­lic trans­port, with the im­por­tance of fu­ture-proof­ing noted, in­clud­ing ad­di­tional car park­ing.

There was also a re­quest for a bus sta­tion at Rosedale.

Four sub­mit­ters also dis­cussed the im­pacts on com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the loss of pub­lic open space, the pro­jected short­age of sports fields on the North Shore and re­lo­ca­tion of Har­bour Hockey fa­cil­ity.

The $700 mil­lion project aims to pro­vide a di­rect mo­tor­way con­nec­tion be­tween State High­way One (SH1) and State High­way 18 (SH18).

Paul Matthews Rd will be ex­tended with a bridge over the new SH18 mo­tor­way lanes, in­clud­ing on and off-ramps to SH18.

There is also a pro­posed ex­ten­sions of the North­ern Busway from Al­bany Bus Sta­tion to Con­stel­la­tion Bus Sta­tion, and a shared use path­way.

New Zealand Trans­port Agency (Trans­port Agency) lodged an ap­pli­ca­tion for six no­tices of re­quire­ment and 25 re­source con­sents with the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Au­thor­ity (EPA) in De­cem­ber 2016.

The pro­posal was pub­licly no­ti­fied on Fe­bru­ary 22.

See the EPA web­site for more on the board of in­quiry hear­ing. The hear­ing runs from July 18 to Au­gust 8.

DENISE PIPER/STUFF

Di­rect mo­tor­way con­nec­tions will be in­stalled as part of the project.

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