Auck­land Trans­port rewrites plan

Waiheke Marketplace - - Front Page - ADAM JACOBSON

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The cal­cu­la­tor used an out of date agree­ment on trans­port projects used by the pre­vi­ous Na­tional gov­ern­ment and coun­cil, which marked cy­cling and rail as low pri­or­i­ties.

Auck­land’s award-win­ning Light­path cy­cle­way has be­come an iconic piece of in­fra­struc­ture in the city. SUP­PLIED

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