Poll: Aucklanders Want More Rail


Another poll puts Auckland rail projects as among the big four Aucklanders want the new local body setup to give priority to when elected.

  • An extended commuter rail service running from Pukekohe in the south to Orewa in the north was the second most popular idea  - 32% of those asked Auckland, 28% NZ
  • An Auckland inner city to airport rail link ranks third 29% Auckland, 28% NZ
  • An inner city rail loop, including Queen Street to link with all other routes) has 28% support in Auckland  -24% NZ
  • Number one was Aucklanders most want a second harbour crossing when asked to set priorities for four major projects

The weighted ShapeNZ survey was commissioned by the New Zealand Business Council for Sustainable Development to help guide people elected to councils at the October 9 local body elections. It has a maximum margin of error of +/- 1.6% on the national sample of 2,480 respondents and +/- 3.9 % on the sub sample of 621 people living within boundaries of the new super city. The survey was conducted between August 24 and September 19.




  1. Matt L says:

    When will the politicians learn that this is what people want. Building rail lines is actually a popular idea with the general population

  2. Patrick R says:

    The funny thing is how hard it is for them to understand that the PUBLIC want PUBLIC transport. It’s just good old honourable self interest, but a different version of theirs which is them wanting the public to fund their private transport. Trip to Omaha anyone?

  3. Nick R says:

    The fact is the politicians and their advisors do what they think is best, not necessarily what the public wants. Something like “Oh you all say you want public transport, but you won’t actually use it. And if you do use it it won’t work anyway:

  4. rtc says:

    Pathetic isn’t it, I feel like we have a government who does things for their own greedy self interest and not because that’s what the public wants. All local body elections, in Auckland at least, these days are fought over who will do more for PT, and despite this clear demand for improved PT we have a government doing everything they can to build roads as quickly as possible and slow down growth on PT as much as they can.

  5. come get some says:

    Quite a rediculous poll really…

    The rail from Pukekohi to Orewa would require both the CBD tunnel and a new crossing.
    The new crossing for the north shore would require the CBD tunnel
    The Airport link would require the CBD tunnel.

    So even though it was voted 4th most preferable, without the CBD loop nothing else can be completed.

  6. Martin says:

    @ come get some

    Your right on most points except that there is no need for a CBD loop for an AP line, just an extension/branch from South Auckland or Onehunga lines.

  7. Matt L says:

    Martin - the problem with an airport line before the CBD tunnel is that there just isn’t the capacity at Britomart. Extending the line from Onehunga could work but we would likely be stuck with the same frequency as now (every 30 mins) unless capacity was cut somewhere else on the network.


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