Published 18 March 2007
Auckland City Council’s transport & urban linkages committee endorsed the $1.5 billion Ameti proposal for the eastern suburbs on Wednesday.
The Manukau City Council’s transport committee will make its decision on the proposal next month.
The Ameti proposal will go before the full Auckland council for approval on Thursday 22 March.
Ameti – the Auckland-Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative â€“ replaced the eastern transport corridor of the previous Auckland City Council, which got various costings but no payment plan.
The previous Auckland council majority was defeated partly as a result of the election of 2 anti-corridor Action Hobson councillors, Richard Simpson & Christine Caughey, in the Hobson ward in 2004. Both first-term councillors have played significant roles and Cllr Simpson has been chairman of the transport & urban linkages committee, and thus in charge of its change in direction.
That committee has agreed with the Ameti proposal that recommends a package of transport solutions to unlock the economic potential for what Cllr Simpson said was the fastest-growing area of Auckland. Ameti proposes a step change in passenger transport investment, improved walking &cycling connections as well as new & enhanced arterial roads.
Cllr Simpson said: “The city’s eastern suburbs are poised for significant growth over the next 20 years. We need to plan & deliver a package of transport solutions to give people living & working in the city’s eastern suburbs more travel choices.
“Ameti is critical to satisfying the council’s commitments to the regional growth strategy and supports the Auckland Regional Transport Authority’s plans for passenger transport.
“Once delivered, passenger transport use will increase by 400%, 30,000 cars will be removed from the Panmure roundabout and 11,000 people will find it easier to walk & cycle during the morning peak.”
Cllr Simpson said consultation with the community was likely to begin in April, once Ameti’s project partners, the 2 city councils & ARTA’s board, have approved the proposal.
Attribution: Council release, story written by Bob Dey for this website.