CBD Link Funding Take 2
Auckland Council is planning another assault on the Government to get it to buy into the CBD rail link of National Significance.
A revised business case seeking Central Government funding will be prepared.
This is expected next year, after the Auckland Plan has addressed issues relating to parameters for growth, land use planning including intensification along rail corridors, and a multi-modal transport strategy for the city centre and beyond have been developed in the Auckland Plan.
This is revealed in Council papers for Thursday’s Council meeting at which a heads of agreement between Auckland Council and Auckland Transport will be signed off.
The Council had earlier resolved to (amongst other matters) direct Auckland Transport to seek a designation for the Central Rail Link, and to require the preparation of a Heads of Agreement as the basis for Auckland Transport’s responsibility for the project. The Heads of Agreement sets out the basis upon which Auckland Transport will have financial responsibility for the Link.
The Council paper says Auckland Transport and the Auckland Council will work together to determine the financial requirements of the project to allow appropriate amounts to be included in the Long Term Plan 2012-2022.
Discussions about funding and relative contributions from Auckland and Central Government “are expected to take place after a revised business case seeking Central Government funding is prepared.”
The project was featured prominently as an option in the Auckland Unleashed discussion document on which consultation closed on 31 May. It was also featured in the City Centre Masterplan discussion document. It has also been presented to the CBD Advisory Board which passed a resolution unanimously supporting the project.
The heat is continuing on the Government to come to the party.
The Council paper says There has been strong support amongst groups consulted for the Link. It has also been strongly supported in the submissions on the Auckland Unleashed discussion document on the Auckland Plan.
The good thing is that the Council and Auckland Transport are ignoring the resistance from the Government and acting as if it is full steam ahead so that no time is lost if it can get a change of heart.
The Auckland Council has already endorsed, as its top transport project for Auckland the underground rail line between Britomart and Mt Eden and Auckland Transport resolved to endorse it in principle, and requested the Council to allocate funds for the project.
The heads of agreement says Auckland Council and Auckland Transport will use “their best endeavours to secure funding from local and other sources when and as required…and will work collaboratively to develop a funding plan to enable Auckland Transport to fulfil its financial responsibilities in relation to the Link.”
On the provision of land, the agreement says Auckland Council will make available to Auckland Transport “any land or interests in land it owns that is reasonably required for the link and provide all reasonable assistance for acquisition of land under the Public Works Act.”