Posted on 5-7-2004
City Council Pushing Banks Into Corner
1 July 2004
Ed. PTV will be doing a programme this month about the upcoming
elections in Auckland and its totally biased position is rapidly
- namely that current mayor John Banks, supported by clan Hay,
backed into several corners, the most difficult from which to
be the transport cul-de-sac.
But all is not lost for Banksie, he always has his monied backers
their combined experience of centuries of underhand commercial
political practise to fall back on, of which the most obvious
propping up of a vote-splitter (in 2001 it was Matt McCarten
and this year
Dr Bruce Hucker).
After all, the ego is the easiest thing to manipulate and politicians
not known as people who regularly attain an enlightened egoless
of reach of feign and favour... oh, or money.
.....Press Release From ACC...............
Eastern transport corridor progresses
Auckland City’s Transport Committee made significant decisions
proposed eastern transport corridor at its meeting yesterday.
The Transport Committee has discarded the Parnell Tunnel option,
progress further work on the Hobson Bay crossing. Reasons given
decision include the estimated additional cost of between $500
million, disruption to residential communities, impact on the
network, lower transport benefits and the higher risks associated
proposed tunnel and gyratory in Grafton Gully.
The committee has not accepted the Hobson Bay crossing in a
by Opus International Consultants, which included many lanes
in front of
Transport Committee chairperson, Councillor Greg McKeown says
work will now look at downscaled options and staging.
“We will not be proceeding to more detailed work, including
assessment and further assessment of environmental effects,
Transport Committee has approved the revised scale and form
for key parts
of the corridor,” says Mr McKeown.
The committee received advice that staging of modes and physical
important to the development of the corridor. The committee
retaining flexibility with regard to future use along key parts
“We are proceeding carefully to ensure we make sensible
allow for Auckland’s growth well into the future.
“The eastern transport corridor fits within the regional
framework. We will be seeking a commitment from the Auckland
Council and ARTA for increased rail services with complementary
services to support the corridor,” says Mr McKeown.
Opus and council officers are working on a proposed first stage,
includes new roading and public transport in the eastern suburbs
Innes, Panmure, Pakuranga and Waipuna.
“We are taking full account of land use, community development,
changing economy of this area, while at the same time addressing
existing transport problems and building infrastructure that
the area well into the future,” says Mr McKeown.
A report on the corridor’s function, form, funding, scale,
will be presented to Auckland City’s Transport Committee
All recommendations made to the committee must reflect Auckland
transport, land use, urban design, economic policies and the
The meeting followed Monday’s extended public forum where
46 business and
community groups, transport user representatives, urban designers,
environmental planning professionals and individuals presented
to the committee.
Yesterday’s committee meeting was the first time Auckland
commented on Opus International’s report released in March.