The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) has committed to providing light rail between the City Centre and Māngere and to Auckland’s north west within the next ten years (2018-2028).
Light rail is a frequent, reliable, high-capacity travel option that isn’t affected by congestion as it runs on its own dedicated right-of-way. It will connect communities to unlock critical housing and urban development opportunities, giving people better access to jobs, health, education and recreation.
It is a first for New Zealand that will provide a modern integrated public transport system with seamless connections and helping make Auckland’s transport network comparable with international cities like Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Vancouver and Portland.
The NZ Transport Agency has made good progress on an indicative business case for the City Centre to Māngere Light Rail line.
Alongside this, NZ Infra (a joint venture of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund and Canadian institutional investors CDPQ Infra), submitted a proposal for an alternative delivery and financing approach for the line.
The Government has requested both the NZ Transport Agency and NZ Infra to prepare refined proposals for the City Centre to Māngere Light Rail (CC2M) rapid transit corridor and future network integration, for Government to consider early next year.
The NZ Transport Agency aims to deliver a well-considered and detailed proposal for Government consideration, with the aim of providing an effective rapid transit solution that is sustainable and supports long term community benefits.
The April 2018 update of ATAP identified a rapid transit corridor for the City Centre to North West following State Highway 16 between the City Centre and Kumeu/Huapai. It is scheduled for delivery in the first decade between 2018-2028.
When Government’s assessment process for the City Centre to Māngere Light Rail line is complete early next year there will be a better understanding of the next steps for the City Centre to North West corridor.
Factors that are important for the corridor include:
a.How best to support growth and desired land use outcomes for the North West area.
b. Opportunities and constraints provided by the current SH16 state highway corridor.
c. Integration with and opportunities provided by the wider proposed transport network.
More reliable – as light rail runs on a dedicated corridor separated from other traffic.
Better access – easier for passengers to get on and off, compared to buses and heavy rail.
More choice and better connections – light rail connects seamlessly with other transport modes such as heavy rail, buses, and shared walking and cycling paths to give people more choice about how they get around their city.
Reduced bus congestion – without light rail, bus congestion on key arterials into the city will increase to levels that affect reliability.
Supports sustainable growth and enables urban development – light rail will support sustainable growth by enabling development of the land along the route such as housing to create vibrant, liveable communities.
Improved amenity – light rail is an attractive, modern mode of transport that will help to create high amenity communities with better access to health services, jobs, schools and recreation.