Rail to the Shore can’t wait another three decades

The announcement that Auckland’s Northern Busway will be upgraded to rail is a huge win for the Greens’ campaign to get rail to the Shore, but Aucklanders shouldn’t have to wait 30 years for it to happen, the Green Party said today.

National’s Auckland transport strategy says a second harbour crossing won’t happen for another 20 to 30 years, but a recent Auckland Transport (AT) study released under the OIA shows parts of the Northern Busway will face overcrowding and congestion within 10 years.

“It’s great the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has finally acknowledged what we and many others have been saying for a long time – rail is the obvious solution for fixing the traffic madness on the North Shore,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

“Simon Bridges needs to face up to the evidence that Aucklanders need this rail line in the next 10 years, not another 20 or 30.

“The AT report shows that in less than 10 years, buses will face delays and overcrowding at Albany, Sunnynook and Akoranga stations.

“People taking the bus are already confronted with delays and congestion in the central city, where many buses are competing for road space. Rail would be able to by-pass this bedlam.

“Delaying the rail crossing for another 20 to 30 years, as National is proposing, means waiting until the busway is near crisis point before doing anything.

“The Greens in Government would prioritise urgent rail projects, including to the North Shore, and delay spending on National’s low-value, expensive motorways like the East West link and Holiday Highway.

“Aucklanders don’t want to spend their lives sitting in traffic. A rail line would allow people on the North Shore to by-pass motorway traffic and escape traffic congestion,” Ms Genter said.

Latest Transport Announcements

Story

Climate crisis demands better transport options

The Green Party said the Government’s decision to scrap the Northern Pathway highlights the need for urgent, people-centred transport options.
Read More

Story

Greens say Govt investment in public transport, walking, cycling is not enough

The Green Party welcomes the $6 billion being invested in public transport, walking and cycling through the National Land Transport Programme, as a...
Read More

Auckland Central Transport

Auckland Central can have rapid public transport networks, safe streets for walking and cycling, ease of mobility for disabled folks and parents wi...
Read More

Story

Clean car package to drive down emissions

New rebates for electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles start July 1 with up to $8,625 for new vehicles and $3,450 for used. Electric vehicle charger...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome Auckland walking and cycling bridge, call for more climate focus

The Green Party is welcoming the Government’s renewed commitment to safe walking and cycling across the Waitematā Harbour, but warning that new hig...
Read More

Story

Green Party launches petition for publicly-owned public transport

The Green Party is launching a petition calling on the Government to remove legislative barriers to public ownership of our public transport depots...
Read More