Airport Rail: Include Mangere
Today’s ARC transport and urban development committee had no hesitation in moving forward on Auckland airport rail but some councillors emphasised it should not be viewed as just a CBD to Auckland Airport route.
Deputy chair Brent Morrissey said it was great to see a coalition of interest coming to fruition on this but airport rail would also potentially have a great positive impact on people living in Mangere bridge area and he would like to see the alignment get closer to that community so they can use the network.
Councillor Joel Cayford agreed and said it should be considered more widely than a CBD to Auckland route and thought of the stops along the way.
Other councillors asked if the Auckland Transport body should be part of the memorandum so that they definitely will continue the work after ARC and ARTA go out of existence in November – that issue will be checked.
Although the rail link is not for some decades, the committee did formally agree the council should sign the memorandum, which starts the process as outlined here.
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The parties involved – KiwiRail, ARTA, NZTA, Manukau City Council, Auckland International Airport Ltd and ARC – have now agreed to undertake a project to investigate investigate multi-modal transport routes to provide connections to the airport, how the requirements of each party can be met within the corridor and to prepare the documentation required to protect the route.
This project is to be known as the South-Western Airport Multi-Modal Corridor Study.
All parties need to sign the memorandum of understanding, which records the scope of the investigations, the outputs, and how the parties will work together.