Published 25 June 2006
Auckland City Council agreed on Thursday to proceed with $1.8 million (its share) of intensive design work to improve transport links between Glen Innes & Manukau.
It’s part of the Ameti programme which replaced the eastern transport corridor of the previous council term. Ameti is the Auckland-Manukau eastern transport initiative and it’s a partnership between the Auckland & Manukau city councils & ARTA – the Auckland Regional Transport Authority). In the previous council term, outsiders like the regional council were excluded.
One of the 2 Tamaki Edge arterial road improvement projects will focus on the area between State Highway 1 & Glen Innes, via Mt Wellington, and the other will define the best route for improved transport between Panmure (in Auckland City) & Pakuranga (across the Tamaki River in Manukau City).
Richard Simpson, chairman of the Auckland City Council’s transport & urban linkages committee, said the design work would provide certainty for people and heralded the beginning of developing transport alternatives in Auckland’s eastern suburbs.
“Glen Innes, Panmure, Mt Wellington & Sylvia Park are areas that are growing. To benefit from this growth, better access & connections are vital. This means more transport infrastructure offering people more choice.
“There is planned (& under way) public & private investment of around $3 billion in the Tamaki Edge area, including the development of the Mt Wellington quarry & Sylvia Park and the university’s expansion of its Tamaki campus. We need to design & implement appropriate, sustainable transport initiatives to cater for this growth and unlock the area’s economic potential.
“Public transport, walking, cycling & improved roading are crucial to enable sustainable growth and provide access in this area of the city. These 2 design projects will deliver this. This council’s focus is on creating transport hubs offering people more travel choice.”
While Cllr Simpson says that, as an Action Hobson councillor he faces hostility at every opportunity from Citizens & Ratepayers Now, which lost its council majority over continuing support for a multi-billion-dollar eastern corridor scheme and still displays preference for a grander roadway into the city.
Cllr Simpson said: “Providing transport infrastructure with quality urban design outcomes is fundamental to the design of the 2 design projects. By improving both transport & urban design, the council aims to make connections between people & places. We cannot afford consideration of transport infrastructure that does not add to the design & character of the Tamaki Edge area.
“We will be ensuring that quality urban design elements are woven into these 2 design projects.”
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.