Brown Excited By Rail Figures


Auckland’s new mayor Len Brown is excited about the latest figures showing use of public transport in Auckland continuing to climb have been welcomed by Mayor Len Brown.

The breakdown in figures was published earlier today on AKT showing massive jumps for August.

“Aucklanders continue to disprove the belief that they will not get out of their cars,” says Len Brown. “It’s great to see the continued increase in use of public transport.”

“I was elected on a clear mandate to deliver better public transport solutions across our region. It was the number one issue at the election. My council will be dedicated to making substantial progress on Auckland’s transport issues, including an underground CBD rail loop, rail to the airport and planning for the second harbour crossing.”

“The reason the supercity was established was to deliver on big infrastructure projects and give government a clear signal about what the region’s priorities are.”

“I look forward to further discussions with government about Auckland’s priorities for Auckland’s transport system.”

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  1. BD says:

    Have you read the latest article guys see link below. Like all politicians he is a liar he won’t deliver public transport, surely he can see that Holiday Highway is a big waste of money but yet the latest article mentions that he accepts it, this just doesn’t make sense to me.

    Just because the government says its a road of national significance doesn’t mean that it’s significant to us. This just shows that the mayor has no back bone, and I very much doubt that we will see his vision in place ever, with a back done like that, as holiday highway will take a big chunk of money out of the public transport funding pool,loser brown!!!!!!

  2. Matt says:

    Woah, back the truck up. Brown, to the best of my recollection, has never campaigned on the Puhoi-Wellsford road being canned. He hasn’t lied about anything.

    If that road project is to go, the pressure needs to come from the Opposition, not from Auckland. Otherwise Joyce just dismisses us as selfish and only looking out for our own interests, while this is a project supposedly to benefit Northland. Look at his answers in the House.

  3. Jono says:

    @ BD … did you read the article? all he said he was “It’s a road of national significance. I’m not going to get myself overly involved in that debate.” That is not very strong support, and i agree with Matt he didn’t campaign against it, nor did he campaign to stop all road building in Auckland.

    I do not doubt that Len will be able to make a start on the CBD rail loop. He has the mandate, the majority in the chamber. Now he needs to work with Government, not against it; there needs to be compromise on both sides and I’m sure he can achieve some middle ground. He can’t have it all his way, when Government control a significant proportion of funds.

    BD you do need to realise it has been only one week since he has been elected. He hasn’t even been sworn in yet as mayor. As Len has said - it will take weeks and months of negotiations with Government.

    Furthermore he has a good track record with Public Transport and I do not doubt his committment. Manukau Rail Link and Station is a sign of this.

    P.S. - the money for the Puhoi - Wellsford highway money comes from a different funding pot than public transport.

  4. Rationale says:

    It’s great that this headline “Holiday Highway” has made the headline in the Herald. It’s a tag that must cause at least Key & Co some discomfort.
    If this is to really get “on the nose” with the public, the decision to build it, should be banded with the word arrogance - surely an apt description !!!???

    Perhaps Mr Joyce should put the project on hold, like he notably has done for another project -by asking for a review of the decision to build it.. Such a review would probably be completed soon, say in 4 to 6 years

  5. karl says:

    Well, I must admit that at the least, Brown played his cards wrong. As long as Key & Joyce say nothing positive about actually funding the CBD tunnel, why appear like you are going to give them a pass on their road projects? Unnecessary - but I agree that it doesn’t rise to a lie, or broken promise.

  6. Matt says:

    P.S. – the money for the Puhoi – Wellsford highway money comes from a different funding pot than public transport.

    It shouldn’t. Road taxes are meant to be spent on transport generally, not roads in particular. In fact, until Trucker Joyce came along the money was spent across all modes. It’s only since early 2009, when Joyce decreed that it was to be so, that NZTA has been forbidden to spend money on rail.

    Road users benefit from increased rail patronage, so it’s only fair that they help to fund them. Most of the benefits that accrue from use of public transport, particularly rail, are to the users of private transport.


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