Political parties have big transport plans for west Auckland
Two major political parties have promised significant investment in public transport for west Auckland.
National and Labour both announced transport plans on August 6.
The first wants to build a busway from Te Atau to Westgate costing $835 million and the latter wants a light rail from Auckland CBD to Westgate costing $1.7b.
National's nor-western busway was a part of its $2.6b transport plans aimed at improving traffic for Auckland's main arterial routes over the next decade.
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It plans to work closely with Auckland Transport to push the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) over the line.
According to the ATAP, the "early priority" nor-western busway would help unlock land for housing, provide growth and help tackle congestion on the Northwestern motorway.
Rodney councillor Greg Sayers said National's transport plans was a "big win" for nor-western commuters.
"It is costing millions extra to add on the bus lanes after construction but at least they are now coming and it's a big win for nor-western commuters currently stuck in traffic," Sayers said.
Labour on the other hand, plan to build a light rail link from Auckland's CBD to the airport as a priority in a 10-year plan, which would eventually extend to west Auckland.
Labour's associate transport spokesperson Phil Twyford said work would begin right away if they won the national elections.
The first stage of the light rail link would be from Wynward Quarter, through Dominion Rd, to Mt Roskill within four years.
Within 10 years, the light rail link would extend to the airport from Mt Roskill through Onehunga and Mangere.
At the same time Tywford said, the link would extend from the CBD to Westgate, running along side State Highway 16.
He said there were also plans in the future to extend to Kumeu.
"There will be [light rail] stations on Rosebank, Te Atatu, Lincoln, Royal roads and Westgate. It's bringing 21st century, world class travelling system to west Auckland," Twyford said.
He said it was the "only solution" to the traffic congestion that currently plagues west Auckland.
"West Auckland will go from one of the most poorly serviced parts in Auckland in public transport to having a world class public transport system."