Why The Rescue?
Why are Auckland ratepayers having to find $100m to cover an “unexpected” shortfall in NZTA projects around Auckland said to include AT’s train station upgrades as well as roading projects.
Quite rightly Labour’s just appointed Auckland issues and transport spokesman Phil Twyford says what’s effectively a ratepayer bailout of NZTA raises serious questions about the Government’s budget and planning abilities.
He says the new Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee needs to explain why Auckland ratepayers are being asked to fork out money for work that should have been properly costed and funded.
“I will be asking for correspondence between the Minister and transport officials on the timing of projects and the impact on the Transport Agency’s budget,” Phil Twyford said.
“The Government pushed through major motorway projects with what can only be described as obscene haste to have them completed before the election. Now Auckland Council is being asked to plug a massive funding gap.”
TVNZ quotes the Council saying the alternative could be delays to projects like the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative, improvements to Glenfield Road, Tiverton Road and Wolverton Road and ferry and train station upgrades -all work AT has organised.
We can look forward to Joyce/Brownlee explaining what’s going on.
And what caused the Auckland authorities to push the panic button? Did they see it coming?