One resident's thoughts on transport and housing in Auckland

Auckland Metro (AM Class) Rail refers to the new trains currently being implemented on the existing Southern, Western and Eastern lines. These trains are capable of running at speeds up to 110km/h although the current tracks and signalling do not support this speed. All new lines should be built to support these speeds wherever possible. Upgrading the existing lines to support these speeds will be costly and will take some time to implement.

Work is currently in progress on a City Rail Link to improve access into Britomart station.

Priorities for further work on the Metro network mainly focus around expanding the network to areas that currently have no service.

  • New Northern Line. A new line to service the North Shore has been urgently required for many years (ie: ever since the trams from Devonport to Milford were decomissioned). A harbour rail crossing should be placed at a higher priority for funding than a second road crossing. A rail crossing would cost a lot less than the proposed road tunnel, would move more people and be more environmentally friendly.
  • New East West Line. A new line to service the raidly developing areas of Tamaki and Pakuranga is fast becoming another urgent requirement. Once again, large sums of money are being allocated to build more roads to this area. Money that would provide a better return if used to fund new rail infrastructure.
  • Puhinui to Airport Link. Six kilometres from Puhinui Station to the Airport. Why didn't we do this ten years ago?
  • Greenfield Developments. The cheapest and easiest time to build a rail line is before any houses are built. The Unitary plan must include provision for rail in new subdivision consents in that same way that historically it has required roads.
  • Modernisation. The most difficult and expensive task is to modernise the existing Southern, Eastern and Western lines due to the restrictions imposed by working around existing developments.

    AM Class will not be the solution to every problem. Some existing areas are already too developed. These areas will have to be served by transport capable of negotiating tight corners and probably sharing the existing road with other users. Busses or Trams will be required in these areas. Long distance backbones will be better served with High Speed Rail capable of moving commuters to neighbouring cities with travel times of around 30-40mins. People may have to walk or cycle for part of their journey.

    All of these modes are combined in the Integrated Plan.


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