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Auckland Light Rail process “ended – but not ended”

By 24 June 2020August 10th, 2021No Comments

Government’s announcement ending the Auckland light rail process but referring it to the Ministry of Transport until after the election sends a frustrating “mixed message” to Aucklanders.

“Two credible and deliverable proposals were received, yet government cannot make a decision leaving Auckland facing consultation after consultation and no action,” said Auckland Business Chamber head, Michael Barnett.

It is yet another example of a coalition government with a credible option but being frustrated by a minority to make a decision

The mixed message has dogged the project from the start. Going down Dominion Road wasn’t sensible, and the project purpose changed – from a route between the CBD and Auckland Airport versus serving commuter suburbs.

Barnett agreed that light rail was a complex infrastructure project. “It’s vital we get it right not just for future generations but today’s Aucklanders.”

“But when government has a credible proposal for moving Auckland forward, surely it should be able to make a decision to progress it. Leaving it to the next government could simply invite a repeat performance?”

For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Business Chamber.
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