Tomorrow could be quite an important day for the city. Up before the councils governing body is the final version of the 30 year Auckland plan and while it isn’t a done deal, we hopefully won’t see to many changes. You can read the final draft here and it starts about half way down in Chapter 13. If you haven’t been reading much about the plan here is a high level summary of what it is about:
The Auckland Plan is the strategy to make Auckland an even better place that it is now and create the world’s most liveable city. It is also the plan through which we prepare for the additional one million people and around 400,000 new homes we may have to accommodate by 2040. Population, housing and business growth over the next 30 years will provide Auckland with important opportunities and resources to be even more liveable.
We have covered the plan, along with the changes to it quite a bit over the last few months as councillors have debated and tweaked it following the various rounds of consultation. I and my fellow bloggers haven’t always agreed with every part of the plan or the changes being made to it but overall I think the council have done a fairly good job and it help to make the city a much better place. The plan is pretty big at almost 300 pages so with this post I am just going to look at some bits of the final transport section. This section seems to have been one that has swung around like a pendulum a bit, first it came out talking about a lot of PT improvements (although was really a bit of PT wash). The revised drafts that came out contained a lot more focus on road projects which led to a bit of publicity and now things seem to have swung a little back towards PT.
First up the strategic direction.
The first thing I noticed here is the the PT trip targets has increased even further that what it was only a few weeks ago with the aim now being 140m trips per year on PT by 2022. That means in the space of a few short weeks we have gone from not having a patronage target at all to having quite a decent and challenging one (based on population projections that would put our trips per person per year close to 80).
Here are some maps of the strategic transport network by 2040 and the key projects will take place to reach it. One thing you will notice is that a NW busway has now been added which excellent.
And here is the final list of major projects by the decade they happen in:
First Decade: 2011 to 2020
- Public transport service improvements, including bus services to the airport
- Integrated transport ticketing and fares
- Rail network electrification and increased train frequencies to 10 minutes
- Western Ring Route, Newmarket Viaduct and Victoria Park Tunnel completion
- Removal of pinch-points in the strategic road network to improve throughput (such as widening from Hill Road to Takinini on the Southern Motorway and others)
- City Rail Link completion
- City Centre transport improvements (as described in the Auckland City Centre Master Plan)
- Completion of the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative and the East-West Link between State Highway 20 Onehunga and State Highway 1
- Arterial road network improvements (with a focus on the movement of Walking and cycling infrastructure improvements (includes completing 70% of the regional cycle network)
- Ferry network extension to Hobsonville and Beach Haven
- Route protection:
- Dedicated rail corridor to the Auckland Airport
- Additional Waitematā Harbour Crossing (road and public transport) Rail to the North Shore
- Avondale-Southdown rail corridor
- Construct the Pūhoi-Wellsford Motorway Phase 1; Pūhoi to Warkworth
- Complete electrification of rail to Pukekohe
Second Decade: 2021 to 2030
- Construct rail to Auckland Airport
- Continue improvements to the arterial road network (with a focus on the movement of public transport and regional freight)
- Complete construction of an additional harbour crossing (road and PT)
- Construct improved rail and road access to the port
- Extend the Northern Busway from Constellation to Silverdale and from Onewa to the City Centre with bus lanes on the Auckland Harbour Bridge
- Triple-track the North Island Main Trunk rail line (the Port to Westfield to Papakura) for rail freight
- Construct the Warkworth-Wellsford motorway
- Improve airport road access – SH20A and 20B
- Complete the regional cycle network
- Continue removal of pinch-points in the strategic roading network to improve throughput
- Continue City Centre transport improvements (as described in the Auckland City Centre Master Plan)
- Route protection: o Constellation-Westgate-Extend the busway from Botany to Flat Bush to Manukau
- Investigate extending the ferry services along both the north- eastern coastline and the southern coastline especially for recreational and leisure opportunities
Third Decade: 2031 to 2040
- Renew optimisation initiatives to take advantage of technology developments
- Construct busway along SH16 between Lincoln interchange and Waterview interchange
- Construct the Avondale-Southdown rail connection
- Transport infrastructure and services in place in new greenfield areas to support their development.
Lastly there is also a bit of information on the top three projects, most of it isn’t new so I won’t paste it here but I think that one important bit of information is this line from the CRL part:
Eighty per cent of submitters on the Draft Auckland Plan who referred to the CRL supported its construction.
80% support for such a large and costly infrastructure project is pretty impressive. I wonder what level of support the various RoNS would get if subjected to the same process?