Last week I posted an excellent video from the 1980’s looking at the development boom of the time in the city centre. One of our readers later send us a link to another great old video, this time a decade earlier. The video was produced for the NZ Railways and looked at the work done on the rapid transit scheme of the day.
In 1974 a committee was formed to report on Auckland’s bus and rail services. A comprehensive proposal for an integrated rapid transit system was developed. Input came from civil engineering, industrial design, construction and economics sources.
The completed report is presented to the Minister of Works and the Minister of Railways. Newspaper headlines indicate the level of controversy felt in Auckland. The final headline reads ‘Government refuses further aid on rapid rail’.
Had it been built it would have seen an earlier version of the City Rail Link built and the Southern Line upgraded and electrified. The other lines were potential future projects.
Auckland would be a very different city today it this had this, or previous incarnations of it, been built.
I really hope that someone is organising, and hopefully already filming, a documentary for the City Rail Link.
Related to this, last year I found a series of articles written by Auckland Mayor of the time, Sir Dove Myer-Robinson about the plan. If you’re interested in reading them then you can find them here