Puhoi vs Rail Loop
There will be absolutely no trade-off between us getting either the planned Puhoi road development or the proposed CBD rail loop in terms of funding.
NZTA’s Auckland regional director Wayne McDonald said that emphatically this afternoon during a discussion on the Puhoi plan at today’s ARC regional transport committee meeting.
Asked by a councillor is there could be a trade off, he said motorway projects were funded from fuel taxes.
“The government has made it clear that rail will be funded separately. So there will be no trade off.
“The CBD rail loop will be evaluated separately and funded separately.
“The minister of transport has made it clear there are two specific pots (of money).”
A councillor mentioned that those pots still come out of the one overall pot of government funds.
Mr McDonald presented yet another Powerpoint presentation on the plans for SH1 Puhoi-Wellsford.
After discussions and questions to Mr McDonald, the council’s committee passed recommendations, reflecting a desire for the project to have a cost benefit justification beyond the issue of any roading safety improvements and that consideration of it did not exclude northern rail.
The resolutions eventually passed were that the committee:
- restate support for a wider economic analysis as part of any investigation of the SH1 Puhoi-Wellsford road of national significance
- advise NZTA that the investigation should have a strong focus on safety, reliability and cost effectiveness
- recommend a common approach to assessing the benefits and cost of the SH1 Puhoi to Wellsford, compared with other projects of high regional significance as identified in the Auckland Regional Land Transport Strategy 2010
- recognise the risk of the northern roads of national significance further undermining existing investment and viability of rail transport infrastructure on the North Auckland line.