Watch Len Brown’s News Conference


Auckland Mayor Len Brown told a packed news conference this afternoon that the CBD rail loop, which he campaigned on, will turn Auckland into the world’s most livable city.

“The rail link is quite possibly the most critical element in Auckland’s transformation into a potentially competitive urban centre, and this report confirms that,” he said.

He said the CBD loop must happen -and Auckland expects him to deliver.

He said the project was comfortably over a BCR of 1 which was better than the Puhoi highway (0.8)  (At 8% discount rate it’s 3.5, 6% 4.7 and 4% 6.6.)

“It very clearly sets out a cost benefit ratio of 1:1 which I think is salutory and directional in terms of what we are trying to achieve here. For example, the cost benefit ratio for the Puhoi motorway was .08 so it has a very good cost benefit ratio.”

And he’s hopeful about the Government response, based on John Key’s reactions at the Mayor’s Town Hall inauguration ceremony:

Coverage continues:
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Read the full case
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  1. Public Transport Battle Now solved.

    This will just keep going and improving with it’s own momentum.

  2. Jon C says:

    @Anthony I am sure it will with the great Mayor in charge. I put the other non transport topic you raised aside as it’s not the place to discuss.

  3. Matt L says:

    Looks like SJ is now saying that it shouldn’t include wider economic benefits even though that is the only way he can just some of his RONS. Regardless the tunnel gets a higher result without them than P2W does with them.

  4. Jeremy says:

    Seems like only tv3 had an interest in this announcement.

  5. max says:

    Pike River taking all the airtime.

    Not a problem - this isn’t dependent on one announcement. This is (will still be) a years-long campaign.


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