Big money doubts as $46b transport plans unveiled

The New Zealand Herald gives a perspective on the final draft of the Auckland Regional Transport Strategy. The strategy proposes spending $46 billion on public transport, roads and walking and cycling between now and 2040. It will be presented at Britomart Transport Centre today for two months of consultations. Key projects outlined:

Public transport

  • Rail electrification: $1.2 billion
  • Central Auckland rail tunnel: $1.5 billion
  • Airport rail links: $1.1 billion
  • Avondale-Onehunga rail link: $1 billion
  • Northern busway extension to Orewa: $400 million
  • Bus priority links Henderson-Albany and Panmure-Botany-Manukau centre (figures unavailable)


  • Completing the western ring route: about $2 billion
  • Auckland-Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative: $1.3 billion
  • Improved airport links: $400 million

Investigations proposed for

  • A third Waitemata Harbour crossing.
  • A strategic road link to improve freight movements between East Tamaki and the western ring route.

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