'Building vital projects' - Huge $28b Auckland transport funding plan for next 10 years announced

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A $28 billion transport spend up over 10 years has been unveiled for Auckland that has something for everyone - and cyclists like it.

The Transport Minister said this plan "signals the acceleration of the rollout of a rapid transit network".
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The government and Auckland Council will embark on New Zealand's largest ever civil construction programme, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff announced today.

"Together, we will invest $28 billion over the next decade to unlock Auckland's potential.

"We will be building vital projects including light rail, Penlink and Mill Rd, heavy rail and bus upgrades, safety improvements, and more dedicated cycle lanes," says Mr Twyford.

The Transport Minister said his 10-year funding package is hinged on a new regional fuel tax.
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Penlink is a new connection between the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and the Northern Motorway while the Mill Road project in the south improves the connection from Manukau through Takanini to Drury.

Charts included in the April 2018 ATAP announcement detailing projects, funding and funding sources.

Charts included in the April 2018 ATAP announcement detailing projects, funding and funding sources.

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The investments are made possible by a $4.4b funding boost resulting from the Auckland regional fuel tax, increased revenue from the National Land Transport Fund, and a new funding mechanism, Crown Infrastructure Partners.

Bike Auckland is happy with the $900m budgeted for walking and cycling projects over 10 years.

''The huge news is the government getting Skypath off the ground after years of Aucklanders crying out for that missing link across the harbour, which will be an iconic addition to our skyline and will become a must-do experience for visitors to the city,'' says Bike Auckland chair and spokesperson Barb Cuthbert.

The Greens says the Auckland transport announcement is a game changer.

A map released as part of the ATAP 2018 announcement showing Auckland's potential future rapid transit network

A map released as part of the ATAP 2018 announcement showing Auckland's potential future rapid transit network.

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"Light rail, along with new rapid bus lanes and safe cycleways, will give more Aucklanders easy access to low-carbon transport options," says co-leader James Shaw.

Still, Mr Shaw said there's a risk certain road expansion and widening projects will simply create more traffic and more congestion down the road.

"This will have to be carefully managed by ensuring priority is given to public transport on these corridors," said Mr Shaw.

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