Billions on infrastructure – but no airport rail for 30 years

Increased infrastructure spending must focus on the best ways to fix the housing and transport problems in Auckland, not just a few more expensive and ineffective highways, the Green Party said today.

“The most serious infrastructure problems Auckland faces are in transport and housing, and National has spent the last nine years showing that they have no idea how to fix either of them,” Green Party Auckland Issues spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.

“The full trains and overflowing buses every day in Auckland have shown that people want to use public transport, and the government should support that instead of thumbing their noses and pouring more money into roads that clog up immediately.

“Steven Joyce’s promise on infrastructure rings hollow when the National Government has recently said we have to wait 30 years for airport rail, and possibly longer for rail to the North Shore.

“Aucklanders urgently need quality, affordable housing close to where people work and socialise, along major transport routes served by fast and clean public transport.

“How much of Steven Joyce’s supposed new transport infrastructure spending will go towards high capacity, efficient rail, and how much will be for roads?

“We will be playing catch up on public transport for decades because of National’s inaction the past nine years. For example, the Northwestern busway should have been built as part of the Western Ring Route.

“Meanwhile, National is scrapping Kiwirail’s electric locomotives on the main trunk line, making New Zealand the only country in the world that’s getting rid of electric trains and replacing them with dirty diesels,” Ms Genter said.

Latest Transport Announcements

Story

Greens call for a bus lane to bypass congestion on Harbour Bridge

The Green Party is calling for Waka Kotahi the NZ Transport Agency to convert a lane over the Auckland Harbour Bridge to bus-only and make buses fr...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome momentum on a Hamilton to Auckland fast train service

In April the Greens called for fast intercity rail improvements as the type of climate-friendly, job-creating project that should be prioritised fo...
Read More

Story

Low-emissions options for heavy transport a step closer

Getting low-emission trucks on the road is a step closer with investment in infrastructure to support hydrogen vehicles, the Energy and Resources M...
Read More

Story

Green light for Wellington and Wairarapa in $220m nationwide cycleways package

People walking and cycling between Featherston and Greytown, or along Wellington’s Eastern Bays will soon have a safe shared path, as part of a $22...
Read More

Transport

Aotearoa has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help solve climate change while creating more vibrant, attractive places to live that are access...
Read More

Story

Te Whau pathway extended as part of $220m nationwide cycleways investment

The Government will invest $35 million to significantly extend the Te Whau coastal pathway in Auckland as part of a $220 million cycleway package, ...
Read More

Latest Auckland Issues Announcements

Story

Green Party: Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate

The Green Party says Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate.
Read More

Story

Eels a sign of the health of our creeks

Central government needs to resource local councils to protect our waterways, Green Party Water spokesperson Marama Davidson said today, following ...
Read More

Story

Auckland transport plan a huge win for commuters, buses, trains and bikes

The Green Party is heralding today’s transport announcement in Auckland as a game changer that will deliver on some of the core commitments of the ...
Read More

Story

Collins must release new report on pipeline vulnerability

Judith Collins should release a new report, that had been due to come out this week, showing what the Government knew about the vulnerability of th...
Read More

Policy

Auckland Transport Plan

Make it affordable Free buses and trains, all the time, for everyone under the age of 19, with a new Youth Green Card.The Student Green Card, provi...
See More

Story

New report confirms scale of National’s housing crisis

A newly released report by the Auckland Housing Summit reveals the scale of National’s housing crisis, the Green Party said today. New data from St...
Read More