Minister of Transport to Attend Election Debate Tomorrow

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Media release

Organisers of tomorrow night’s transport debate in Auckland are delighted that Minister of Transport Hon. Gerry Brownlee will now be attending.

Previously National had advised that North Shore MP Maggie Barry would be speaking, however the announcement comes after reported comments from Mr Brownlee on the possibility of an early start to the first downtown stage of the City Rail Link.

“It will be a great chance to hear how the National Party are planning to improve the movement of people and freight in Auckland,” said Cameron Pitches, spokesperson for the Campaign for Better Transport.

“We are looking forward to having a policy based discussion in the public arena. We are hoping for some solid transport policy commitments for Auckland from each of the parties attending.

Representatives from six political parties will be speaking, followed by an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions.

TransportBlog contributor Patrick Reynolds will also be on hand to talk about the Congestion Free Network, a public transport initiative that focuses on moving people effectively around Auckland at peak times.

“The competing demands for infrastructure investment takes place in a fast changing global context and the stakes are high. Nothing short of the nation’s economic performance, quality of life, and international competitiveness are at stake. So which parties can provide most compelling evidence that their policies have the best fit for this new century?,” said Mr Reynolds.

Luke Christensen from Generation Zero explained; “We’ll be looking at how each party will reduce congestion and if they have an integrated long term transport strategy for Auckland to achieve their proposed reduction.”

In addition to Mr Brownlee, the full line-up of speakers includes Phil Twyford (Labour), Julie Anne Genter (Greens), Denis O’Rourke (NZ First), David Seymour (ACT) and Damian Light who will be representing UnitedFuture.

Members of the public are advised to arrive early for the meeting, which starts at 7:30pm sharp at the Ellen Melville Hall, which is located on O’Connell St in central Auckland.

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Auckland’s Transport Election Debate
Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Square, Auckland Central.
Wednesday 27th August, 7:30pm sharp. Building access from 6:00pm.

Organised by The Campaign For Better Transport, TransportBlog and Generation Zero.

National Joins Transport Election Debate

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Media release

North Shore MP Maggie Barry will be talking transport at an upcoming election debate to be held on Wednesday 27th August.

Organisers The Campaign for Better Transport, along with TransportBlog and Generation Zero, are pleased that all the main parties will now be represented at the debate. National had previously advised that the current Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee was unable to attend.

“We’re happy that National recognise how important transport issues are to Aucklanders. The debate will give all parties the opportunity to put forward their ideas for improving and funding transport in New Zealand’s biggest city,” said spokesperson Cameron Pitches.

“It will be great to have a policy based discussion in the public arena. We are hoping for some solid transport policy commitments for Auckland from each of the parties attending.”

Each speaker has been allocated up to ten minutes to speak, to be followed by questions from the floor from the general public.

“We’ve outlined a number of areas that we expect each speaker to cover. These include their party’s positions on the timing of the City Rail Link, and how transport projects across the different modes should be prioritised and funded in Auckland.”

TransportBlog contributor Patrick Reynolds will also be on hand to talk about the Congestion Free Network, a public transport initiative that focusses on moving people effectively around Auckland at peak times.

In addition to Maggie Barry, the full lineup of speakers now includes Phil Twyford (Labour), Julie Anne Genter (Greens), Denis O’Rourke (NZ First), David Seymour (ACT) and Damian Light who will be representing UnitedFuture.

The meeting, which starts at 7:30pm, is open to the public and will be held at the Ellen Melville Hall, which is located on O’Connell St in central Auckland.

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Auckland’s Transport Election Debate
Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Square, Auckland Central.
Wednesday 27th August, 7:30pm sharp. Building access from 6:00pm.

Confirmed speakers:

National – Maggie Barry
Labour – Phil Twyford
Greens – Julie Anne Genter
NZ First – Denis O’Rourke
ACT – David Seymour
UnitedFuture – Damian Light

The Campaign for Better Transport is a politically independent voluntary incorporated society, promoting better transport alternatives for Auckland.

Election Debate on Transport

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Transport Debate 27 August

 

The Campaign for Better Transport, in association with TransportBlog and Generation Zero, is counting down to Auckland’s Transport Election Debate, on the 27th August.

The meeting will be a chance for the public to find out from each party in the coming general election what they are promising to do for Auckland’s transport problems and options.

“We are hoping for some solid transport policy for Auckland from each of the parties attending,” said Cameron Pitches, Convenor of the Campaign for Better Transport.

Each speaker has been allocated ten minutes to speak, to be followed by questions from the floor from the general public.

“We’ve outlined a number of areas that we expect each speaker to cover. These include their party’s positions on the timing of the City Rail Link, and how transport projects across the different modes should be prioritised and funded in Auckland.”

TransportBlog contributor Patrick Reynolds will also be on hand to talk about the Congestion Free Network, a public transport focussed initiative that focusses on moving people effectively around Auckland at peak times.

Sudhvir Singh, a medical doctor and a leader of Generation Zero, is looking forward to the event.

“Young people are demanding that we learn from past mistakes when it comes to transport funding. A liveable low-carbon city is entirely possible if we are smarter about transport and give people choices,” said Dr Singh.

Representatives from Labour, the Greens, NZ First and ACT will be attending. National’s transport spokesperson and current Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee is unable to attend due to prior diary commitments. Organisers are hopeful that National will be able to put forward an alternative spokesperson.

“Nationwide, more than $2.5bn is collected in fuel and road taxes every year, and these taxes are increasing year on year. The public needs assurance that the Government after the 20th September will be spending our tax dollars on the right projects,” concludes Mr Pitches.

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Auckland’s Transport Election Debate
Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Square, Auckland Central.
Wednesday 27th August, 7:30pm sharp. Building access from 6:00pm.

Confirmed speakers:

Labour – Phil Twyford
Greens – Julie Anne Genter
NZ First – Denis O’Rourke
ACT – David Seymour

Help spread the word about our election debate and download the flyer here.

From Survival To Revival – Special Offer

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Dr Graham Bush has written a new book on the evolution of Auckland’s public transport since 1860.

From Survival to Revival

This is the story of the evolution of Auckland’s public transport since early colonial times which reveals much about the development of the city. From the pioneer entrepreneurs operating plodding horse-buses, through the dynamic construction of an outstanding electric tram system, a network of harbour ferry services and the brief interlude of trolley-buses to the electrification of suburban rail and the ubiquitous diesel bus, public transport has played a vital part in Auckland’s living and lifestyle – this book tells it all.

Graham is a former Associate-Professor of Political Studies at Auckland University and is the secretary of the Campaign for Better Transport.

The book sells for $59.99 in stores, but publishers Grantham House Publishing have kindly offered the book to CBT members for $46.00, inclusive of GST, post and packing. It is an excellent book, and if you would like a copy for yourself just post your mailing address and a cheque to

Grantham House Publishing
6/9 Wilkinson Street
Oriental Bay
Wellington 6011

If you don’t own a chequebook, you can pay by credit card. Contact for details.

Media Release: Road Only Auckland Harbour Crossing “Makes No Sense”

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Road Only Auckland Harbour Crossing “Makes No Sense”

The Campaign for Better Transport said today that the Government’s idea of an additional road only Waitemata Harbour Crossing hasn’t been thought through.

“We all know that the Northern Motorway and approaches are notoriously congested at peak times, so local support probably stems from the belief that this congestion will somehow be solved,” said spokesperson Cameron Pitches.

“However, the net effect of a road only crossing will be that in the morning peak, the Auckland CBD will be flooded with thousands of extra single occupant cars looking for a car park. The Central Motorway Junction will also be a bottleneck without more lanes, but there is no room for more.

“And in the evening peak the already congested Northern Motorway will grind to a halt, as six lanes converge into three.”

Mr Pitches says a far better solution would be a rail only crossing that would extend from the City Rail Link to Albany on the North Shore.

“The Northern Busway is enormously popular and is a great example of a system that can carry far more people at peak times than single occupant cars. High capacity rail would be the logical next step.”

Mr Pitches said that a recent report identified that the cost of a rail link connecting the City Rail Link to Albany on the North Shore would be about $2.5bn.

“It is clear that the Government’s proposal and any alternatives have not been through Treasury’s better business case process.  There is no urgency with the project either as the yet to be completed Western Ring Route is designed to reduce traffic volumes on the bridge,” said Mr Pitches.

The Goverment is yet to make an official announcement on how a new crossing would be funded, but Mr Pitches suspects it would have to be tolled due to the multi-billion dollar cost of the project.

“The Government also needs to be honest and reveal how much the toll will be for the new crossing, and if the current Harbour Bridge will be tolled as well.”

“It just makes no sense.  The Government has just been caught out not doing a comprehensive assessment of alternatives for the Basin Reserve.  You would think they would want to avoid making the same mistake twice,” concludes Mr Pitches.

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For more analysis of the proposed Harbour Crossing, visit transportblog.co.nz:

http://bit.ly/1niNuZq

Election 2014 Public Meeting

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Can Auckland Be Congestion Free?

The Campaign for Better Transport has invited political parties to share their policies for improving transport in Auckland:

  • Pioneer Women’s and Ellen Melville Hall, Freyberg Square, Auckland Central
  • Wednesday 27th August, 7:30pm, building access from 7:00pm.

The following parties have confirmed their attendance:

  • Labour – Phil Twyford
  • Greens – Julie Anne Genter
  • Act – David Seymour
  • NZ First – Denis O’Rourke

A response to our invitation is yet to be received from the National Party.

Each speaker will be given ten minutes, followed by questions from the floor.  Speakers will be expected to state their position on :

  • Transport funding for Auckland transport projects, including public transport, cycling and walking
  • The City Rail Link
  • The Puhoi - Warkworth Toll Road and other Roads of National Significance
  • An additional Waitemata Harbour crossing
  • The Congestion Free Network

Further information to follow.

Annual General Meeting 19th June

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Our Annual General Meeting is set down for:

  • Thursday 19th June 2014, 7:30pm
  • Garden Room, Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road

All members are welcome – please reply to this email if you intend on coming so that we can get an idea of the numbers to expect.

Nominations for committee positions are also welcome.   Beyond the monthly committee meetings, ideally candidates should have the time and energy to contribute to our on-going campaigns. If you don’t have the time but would like to support the cause, then please consider becoming a CBT financial member or renewing  your membership for the year by signing up here.

Remember the CBT is purely voluntary so any money we raise goes on the direct costs of campaigns.

2014 Election Transport Debate: 27th August
We are inviting any political party with a policy on transport for Auckland in this year’s general election to a debate on the 27th August. This will be held at the refurbished Ellen Melville Hall at Freyberg Square, from 7:30pm.  Save the date! We will have more details closer to the time.

What’s Happening?
We’ve been busy making representations to the Board of Inquiry into the Puhoi Warkworth Toll Road. Not many realise that the toll road will only be 700m shorter than the existing road, with a travel time saving of only three minutes for those travelling further north. For those travelling to Warkworth or the Matakana beaches, travel time savings are likely to be about zero minutes, because of the backtracking required from the northern tie-in of the project, which is almost 2km north of the Hill St intersection. In short, the project does not stack up environmentally or economically.

CBT engaged barrister Rob Enright to write a closing submission from a legal point of view.  We filed our closing submissions on Wednesday of last week.  The Hearing was supposed to conclude last Friday, however it looks like the NZTA have been given leave to make their closing submission on Thursday of next week.  You can read closing submissions on the EPA website.

Jon Reeves is fronting the campaign to extend rail to Waikato, starting at Tuakau and heading south.

Graeme Easte is trying to make progress from within Council on the issue of rail crossings.  As rail service frequencies increase, it will be necessary to rationalise the number of crossings we have on the rail network, as well as make crossings safer for pedestrians and general traffic.

This Wednesday we will be requesting the Auckland Council’s Infrastructure Committee to progress rail to Auckland airport. The new Auckland Council has been completely ineffective at protecting a route for a rail corridor.  With the Government announcing its intention to speed up construction of a widened motorway, there seems little chance of a rail service ever becoming a reality for Mangere, unless a designation is put in place soon.

The remainder of the year is shaping up to be a busy one. I look forward to meeting as many members as possible on 19th June.

No Economic Rationale For $760m Warkworth Toll Road

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The following letter from the Campaign for Better Transport appeared in the NZ Herald today:

Like many, I suspect, correspondent Nick Cottle believes that economic benefits will flow from the NZ Transport Agency’s proposed toll road from Puhoi to the north of Warkworth.

In reality, NZTA have not provided any economic evidence in support of the toll road to the Board of Inquiry which is considering the project.

Projected travel time savings to Warkworth, Omaha and other Eastern Beaches are forecast to be only one or two minutes faster on completion of the toll road, outside of holiday periods. This is because the fastest route to these destinations will be the existing State Highway 1, rather than the toll road itself which has a northern junction almost two kilometres to the north of Warkworth.

Trips between Puhoi and north of Warkworth will only achieve travel time savings four minutes faster than currently, for those willing to pay the as yet unspecified toll. During holiday periods a bottleneck is likely to occur at the Northern junction of the project where three lanes merge into one.

With these sorts of miniscule travel time savings, it is little wonder that the NZTA have not been able to produce an economic business case for the $760m project.

I’ve posted more detail on this over at TransportBlog.


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