Amusement over Auckland Transport
What amused me is that no commitment can be made by the National Government for extending the rail electrification to Pukekohe and three laning the northbound lanes of the Southern Motorway between Drury and Papakura.
Yet during the recent by-election in Northland, Simon Bridges and the National Government were able to pledge commitment to building ten two lane bridges on quiet rural roads. Perhaps Winston Peters should stand for Hunua to see what transport pledges might suddenly be possible!
As Andrew Bayly has mentioned, the Franklin region is experiencing massive growth, both now and into the future.
His Government needs to act and provide the infrastructure and the funding needed to service this growth.
Upgrading and expanding the rail service should be a priority because if only roading options are offered, this will just result in more use of cars and more traffic congestion, which buses from Waiuku ultimately get stuck in as well.
In the interim, Bayly and Collins should lobby for diesel rail services to be extended to Pokeno and Waiuku, and for a new park and ride and rail station to be built beside the motorway interchange at Drury. These could be introduced more quickly and would be more effective long term.
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