Auckland Transport rewrites plan
Auckland Transport ( AT) has back-pedalled on its controversial draft 10 year budget.
AT’S board transport committee voted last Thursday to rewrite the Regional Land Transport Plan budget to more accurately reflect the priorities of the organisation, council and government.
Problems arose last week when the draft plan was mistakenly placed on AT’S website after an administrative handling error.
The plan outlines AT’S funding levels and where transport improvements should be made until 2028.
It proposed slashing spending for cycling and walking by 90 per cent, or $57.5 million, and reducing rail funding from $130m in 2018 to an average of $81m per year until 2028.
Roading was indicated as a spending priority, with local road improvements increasing from $458m this year to $693.5 in 2021.
This flies in the face of council and government policies to reduce Auckland’s dependence on roads and to improve active and public transport.
AT’S board blamed the misaligned funding priorities on a calculator used by AT.
The calculator used an out of date agreement on transport projects used by the previous National government and council, which marked cycling and rail as low priorities.