The Green Party is welcoming the long awaited start to construction of the City Rail Link (CRL) today as the first step to creating a faster and cleaner transport system in Auckland.
“The CRL is great for Auckland and shows what can be done when people get behind a transformative project,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.
“Aucklanders don’t want to spend their time sitting in traffic jams, and we know that better investment in rail, bus, cycling, and ferries is the best way to get people out of their cars.
“The Green Party has led the campaign for the CRL since 2010, and we’re thrilled that it’s finally underway.
“We can’t stop now. Huge population growth in Auckland means the Government needs to urgently prioritise extending the rail and busway networks.
“Now that the CRL is under construction, the Government must start planning for rail to the airport and across the harbour, to help the growing number of people living on the North Shore get into the city.
“The CRL is just the first step in the development of a high quality commuter rail and public transport system in Auckland, but it’s a big step because it shows what’s possible,” said Ms Genter.