A Mayor + His Vision

On May 2, 2011 by Eye on Auckland

Len Brown’s vision for Auckland.

The Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, wants to fix Auckland’s Public transport System and help turn Auckland into the world’s most liveable city. We love his vision and share it. The key projects that will reduce traffic congestion and propel us into the future are:

1. The Inner City Rail Loop:

By doubling the number of trains that travel through Britomart, trains can travel faster and offer greater rail coverage on the western and southern lines.

2. Rail to the Airport:

Passengers will be able to travel to Auckland Airport by rail and will offer faster connections and access to fast-growing employment areas. It is a key part of turning Auckland into the world’s most liveable city and welcoming visitors into the heart of our city.

3. Rail to the North Shore:

It is a long-term vision but will see an additional harbour crossing future-proofed for rail by providing a link with the Inner City Rail Loop and allowing passengers to eventually travel by rail all the way to Albany.

Len Brown has launched a video which best explains his vision:

14 Responses to “A Mayor + His Vision”

  • TrainHugger

    Bloody Brilliant ! Can you even begin to imagine how this will change Auckland as we know it. I can’t wait for this to get off the ground, or should I say underground ;)

  • Karumba

    Thanks for the video link. I can begin to imagine the transformation. Highrises and retail around the underground train stations, hop on and hop off, Britomart will be humming. I am so excited about this.

  • Matt

    Sorry to be the wet blanket but Len is going to have a tough time convincing Joyce and his cronies that Auckland has to have this. I also think that we will only see rail connection to the North Shore in about 40 years time.

    We will see the Northern Busway extended time and time again which is in itself not a bad option either. I hope that I am proven wrong but I am not holding my breath.

  • BusFan

    In all honesty I think that you have hit the nail on the head Matt. I also hope that I am wrong but this will remain a vision.

  • HotPixel

    The difference this time around is that things are happening and there isn’t just talk. The foundation is being laid for all of this to happen. I am sure that one or two of these projects will get off the ground within the next 5 years :)

  • The Eye

    Good point HotPixel, in the past there was just talk, talk, talk and now there is the will-power to actually get the ball rolling. I also think that Aucklander’s are determined to see some action and won’t just let it slide.

  • James B

    The CBD rail tunnel and south western and airport line are crucial. I think North Shore is less important, however if the powers that be insist on a third harbour crossing it must have rail capacity. I think an East Auckland line is far more important than the North Shore line. It’s actually amazing that we have the basis of a great rail network in the existing lines, for maybe 10 billion dollars over the next 20 years or so we could realise that potential.

  • Karumba

    As much as it pains me, you are correct James B. I would live to catch a train over the Harbour Bridge but it looks as if the preferred option is a tunnel. East Auckland is in dire need of rail, maybe a combination of light rail and the existing system ?

  • Gotham

    I agree with James B and The Eye. The East of Auckland needs major infrastructure due to the growth potential and I believe that there is more action this time around. As Aucklander’s we need to remind Steven Joyce that he works for us and it is not the other way around.

  • The Eye

    The East is growing in leaps and bounds, I agree that they should be priority number 1. A light rail combined with the existing network will be a great idea.

  • Shayno Ieradicognou

    If doubts are cast over it by Steven “the c**t” Joyce, who’d be up for a march on Queen Street :D?

  • The Eye

    I will be there Shayno :)

  • Gotham

    Sign me up :)

  • Patrick

    I am very impressed Mr Brown, let’s hope that you can perform miracles and that you achieve your vision and ours :)

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