Searching through the vast number of documents produced as part of the CBD Tunnel review shows up some interesting things from time to time. One is the distribution of the project’s benefits – by ‘point of origin’ – contained within this report by Richard Paling Consultants: The map obviously has some typical flaws – like the fact that clearly most of the Waitakere Ranges is being caught in the same Census Area Unit as a place like Swanson that will benefit significantly from the project. But looking at the overall trends, it’s pretty clear that those with the most to gain are people living in West Auckland. This largely occurs through their significantly shorter commute. Further to them, there are some obvious parts of South Auckland, and also some parts of the Eastern suburbs on the isthmus around the railway line, who will also benefit from the project.
Further details, and explanation, is outline below: This is why I got so frustrated by various parties continuing to call the project the “CBD Loop”, because it wrongly gives out the impressions that the trains will go round and round in circles and the only ones who’ll benefit are those in the city centre. It seems that Auckland Council has picked up on that, and the project’s official name is now the “City Rail Link”. It’s not just about central Auckland at all, this project unlocks the capacity of the entire rail system – benefitting pretty much the whole region (even the North Shore benefits by having more street capacity available for its buses).