Board airs views on transport

Howick Local Board spokesman Steve Udy.
Howick Local Board spokesman Steve Udy.

The 130,000 people living in East Auckland have long been overlooked when it comes to transport issues, its advocates says.

The Howick Local Board has given its views to Auckland Transport as the organisation prepares a plan for the city's public transport.

The board has endorsed a submission by its spokesman on such issues, Steve Udy, who says public transport is caught in the regular traffic gridlock around Pakuranga and Panmure.

"We would contend that the East has been overlooked for far too long when it comes to resolving transport issues," he says.

"Any delay with the AMETI project will have significant ramifications for Howick impacting on transport issues across the ward."

The submission also says work on upgrading the Half Moon Bay ferry terminal and parking must proceed in 2013/14.

The board sees the ferry service expanding and berthing at, for example, Howick, Glen Innes, Panmure and Highbrook.

Seven hundred passengers catch ferries from Half Moon Bay to the city everyday and the demand is growing.

"We do not agree that ferry fares remain outside the zonal fare system because it is particularly unfair to Howick commuters as the ferry is the only form of efficient public transport for the foreseeable future."

Eastern Courier