Monday, August 01, 2005

Too good to be true?

The Herald reports:
Auckland's new transport agency will receive Government money to fast-track a rail duplication project to Henderson, but remains uncertain about funds for other sorely needed items.

The Auckland Regional Transport Authority will brief Auckland Regional Council members at a workshop today on its long-term vision for rail, believed to include electric rather than diesel trains and a possible extension of the Britomart station to a tunnel under Albert St.

Looping past underground stations near Wellesley St and Pitt St en route to Mt Eden, a tunnel would remove operating constraints at Britomart, allowing a much better circulation of trains around central Auckland and to the western rail line - at a cost of at least $700 million.

But this remains on the distant horizon and the authority, an ARC subsidiary, is still waiting for decisions from Land Transport New Zealand on how much unallocated budget will be available this year for Auckland's more immediate needs.

It is pinning hope on a share of the extra $500 million the Government has promised for transport, details of which will be announced this month.


Blogger concerned_citizen said...

Unfortunately, Miles, most estimates I've seen for the underground loop are about 16 years in the future.

4:19 PM  

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