Friday, May 24, 2024

Five options unveiled for second Auckland harbour crossing

Transport Minister, Michael Wood, has unveiled five options for an additional Waitematā Harbour crossing.

“Aucklanders and businesses have made it clear that the biggest barriers to the success of Auckland is persistent congestion and after years of inaction by the previous government we are on track to fix it,” Minister Wood said.

“We want an unclogged, connected, and futureproofed transport network so Aucklanders can get to work on time, and don’t need to wake up earlier just to get their kids to school – it’s vital that we have a harbour crossing that works for the city.”

He said the additional Waitematā Harbour connections will provide a future-proofed solution for people wanting to travel across Te Waitematā as quickly as possible.

“After considering feedback from Aucklanders, we’ve developed five scenarios for future transport connections across Te Waitematā including both bridge and tunnel options. The scenarios also include ways to connect to growing residential and business hubs on the North Shore.”

“Each scenario includes a new walking and cycling link across Te Waitematā, a new light rail link that will connect to Auckland Light Rail in the City Centre, and will build generations of resilience into State Highway One for private vehicles and freight.

“Through the Government’s investment we a building a linked up rapid transit network across the city, to provide faster, safer, low-carbon travel. This connection, with Light Rail at its heart, is key to delivering this vision.

Prime Minister, Chris Hipkins said parts of the project, which will begin construction in 2029, could be delivered within the next decade.

“It’s time to convert the long-awaited dream of a second harbour crossing into a reality,” Mr Hipkins said.

Feedback provided will help shape the final decision on the preferred option for the crossing which will be confirmed in June 2023.

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