Agreed with the above comment. Whether you live in Auckland or you dont, you use the CRL, or dont, we are living in one country where Auckland is the main hub and we should be able to offer a very good transport network to the citizens. If you dont live in Auckland, thats fine. You live in NZ. CRL impacts Auckland. Auckland impacts NZ.
And also agreed that this should have been done a lot earlier! Would have eased the congestion now.
Argument for not having a second harbour crossing at the moment is that there isnt a need for it now. There WILL be a need for it in 20 years time. At that time, we would be saying, yes we needed to have the harbour crossing planned 10 years ago. So it would be the same story as CRL.
I understand only 1 massive infrastructure project at a time, but I believe it would be a good idea that the current infrastructure projects are planned with a second harbour crossing in mind - it is inevitable, just a matter of time.
I am quite happy with the CRL finally being done - I live in Auckland, I dont use the current rail system as much as I should. But once CRL is completed, I can assure you that my car will be off the roads during peak time.
Good for you Krishant! You'll enjoy heavily subsidised rail travel while people on the Shore continue to be stuck in traffic with no rail stations planned even in five or ten years. There's 41 railway stations in Auckland and not one of them on the Shore, so where should the priority be?
You do realise that with the current situation at Britomart there is NO possibility of supporting trains from the North Shore until the rail link is built right?
Also of note is the recent plans by NZTA for the 2nd harbour crossing without provision for rail. Looks like they would rather spend 4 billion of everyones money for moar roads, we dont just need roads we need alternative transport methods to be sure we arent going to continuously be stuck in gridlock.
Yes, I can see that the CRL is worth doing. Otherwise trains just go into Britomart and have to reverse back out, which is hopelessly inefficient. But where are the plans for North Shore stations to be built at the same time as the CRL or immediately after?
That's the objection - the Auckland council treats the North Shore as a newly gifted cash cow to provide themselves with gold-plated train services while Shore residents are stuck in motorways and having to keep buying cars and petrol. This in return for massive rates increases.
100% agree on your last point - NZTA's idiotic motorway tunnel just makes things worse by literally entrenching the commitment to more traffic.