Published 29 May 2006
Action Hobson councillor Richard Simpson, chairman of Auckland City Council’s transport & urban linkages committee, tried to lock the eastern motorway permanently out of eastern suburbs infrastructure thinking tonight. He lost.
While only one councillor, Bill Christian from the Tamaki ward, still professed hope that this motorway would be built, others weren’t prepared to irrevocably cancel any option. Not, at least, before some imminent research & design scoping is carried out.
Cllr Simpson elaborated on staff proposals for preliminary design work, putting more of the detail into his own recommendation to the committee and including support for public transport, travel demand management and bike & pedestrian access to public transport nodes.
Then he added clauses for investigation aimed at excluding motorway use from the corridor designation north of Glen Innes (through to downtown Auckland)
Cllr Simpson also set a timetable for these investigations â€“ one report by August, another by next February.
But Bruce Hucker, City Vision councillor, deputy mayor & the architect of the council’s direction in this term, moved an amendment taking the recommendations back to those of the staff, dealing with contractual arrangements up to $1.2 million for design work on the northern section of Ameti (the Auckland Manukau eastern transport initiative, which replaced the previous council’s eastern transport corridor a year ago) and a combined Auckland-Manukau $1 million on route definition between Panmure & Pakuranga, in the Ameti central section.
Cllr Hucker’s amendment was carried 7-5 and that’s the recommendation that will go the full council when it meets on Thursday 22 June.
Longer version of this story: Simpson loses bid to clean motorway out of eastern designation (long version)
Attribution: Council agenda, meeting, story written by Bob Dey for this website.