The NZ Transport Agency & Auckland Transport – under pressure over the east-west transport link (renamed east-west connections), because of the way it was going to bulldoze through communities with completely inadequate consultation – set out a project overview on Tuesday and issued a new request for feedback last night.
The numerous pages on the NZ Transport Agency & Auckland Transport websites about the project are notable for failing to give a closing date for feedback.
The one clue is a chart of next steps listing feedback on options for October, assessment followed by identification of the preferred option by the end of the year, feedback to be sought on the preferred option in early 2015, and that followed by the processes toward construction.
3 open days have been listed for 11-19 October, and 4 workshops on specific topics have been set down to follow, from 20-23 October.
The 2 agencies said their project now was to address 2 priority issues by 2021 – the connections into & out of Onehunga-Penrose and public transport between Mangere, Otahuhu & Sylvia Park.
The transport agencies have proposed bus priority between Mangere, Otahuhu & Sylvia Park and 6 options on improving connections into & out of Onehunga-Penrose:
- Option A: Existing route upgrade
- Option B: Upgrade with South-eastern Highway ramp
- Option C: Upgrade with new Galway St & inland connections
- Option D: Upgrade with Gloucester Park interchange and new Galway St & inland connections
- Option E: New foreshore connection
- Option F: New foreshore & inland connection
When the 2 agencies said in January they’d can work on major road links south of the Manukau Harbour “for at least the next decade”, Auckland Transport key agency initiatives group manager Rick Walden said: “The work we’ve done to date supports focusing our efforts to the north of Manukau Harbour. This is likely to solve a number of transport-related issues in the economically significant area of Auckland.
“Our focus on the north side is the key priority for our 2 organisations for at least the next decade, and no new major road links will be progressed on the south side of the Manukau Harbour between State Highway 1 & State Highway 20 at this stage. This will be welcomed by communities in the south who have expressed concerns regarding the potential impacts of the east-west link.”
Mr Walden has since moved to Auckland Council as general manager of city centre integration.
The central argument is that change must happen to unblock supply lines.
Auckland Transport says on its website: “East-west connection focuses on the Onehunga, Mt Wellington, Otahuhu, Penrose, Mangere & East Tamaki area. The area’s an industrial hub that employs over 130,000 people and generates more than $10 billion/year in GDP. Freight volumes are increasing, along with economic & population growth in the area. This will put increasing pressure on the nation’s supply chains & the local transport network.
“The east-west connection programme will investigate current & future issues on the transport network and how these can be addressed.
“The programme name has changed from east-west link to east-west connections. This is to reflect that the programme will be made up of a lot of different projects to improve the transport network across the area.”
- Saturday 11 October at 10am–1pm, Onehunga Primary School hall, 122 Arthur St
- Thursday 16 October at 3.30-7.30pm, Otahuhu College sports pavilion, 53 Mangere Rd (opposite Otahuhu College)
- Sunday 19 October at 1–4pm, Te Papapa Squash Club, Onehunga, Olea Rd, Fergusson Park.
The transport agency will follow up the open days with a series of 4 workshops, from 20-23 October.
17 January 2014: Transport agencies ditch east-west plans south of Manukau
2 August 2013: Brownlee commits to more Ameti & East-West Link work
Attribution: NZTA, Auckland Transport website project pages.