Auckland’s next decade of transport is looking fantastic with latest version of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project just released by Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff. We’ll have some more complete analysis but here are some of the highlights:
- It’s a fully funded, $28 billion package over the coming decade.
- $4.4b of new funding, of which about $1.5b is from the council in the form of the regional fuel tax which has unlocked extra funding from the National Land Transport Fund (NLTF). This is important as the previous ATAP didn’t address how to fill the funding gap.
- The money from the NLTF equates to 38% of what is expected to be spent from it over that same timeframe so given Auckland’s huge population growth, that’s hardly disproportionate.
- That $28 billion includes $16.7 billion in capital projects, the rest on operations and renewals. The capital projects include:
- $8.4 billion for Rapid Transit
- Already committed projects like the City Rail Link, Northern Busway Extension, Eastern Busway are all included
- $1.8 billion as a seed fund for Light Rail on both the Isthmus and Northwest – there’s an expectation of including private capital in this as part of a wider integrated project.
- $940 million for the heavy rail network and includes:
- electrification to Pukekohe
- 3rd main
- extra trains (on top of the ones currently being ordered)
- other track improvements
- level crossing removals
- Bus route to Puhinui with an upgraded Puhinui station – the first stages of this will be some local bus priority but will step up eventually to a fully fledged busway.
- $700 million for other buses and ferries. This also includes $215 million for new bus lanes.
- $3.8 billion for strategic and local roads. This includes:
- $800 million for a new East-West Link – they haven’t said what this is yet though
- $500 million for Mill Rd
- $200 million for Penlink – will be a two lane tolled version, not the much more expensive four lane version.
- Other projects such as the upgrade of SH20B along with the bus priority stuff and widening of SH1 from Papakura to Drury
- $1.3 billion in infrastructure for greenfield growth areas
- $900 million in safety upgrades. This is expected to see a 60% drop in deaths and serious injuries from 813 in 2017 to 325 in 2027
- $700 million for network optimisation. Again this could include road projects as covers things like more dynamic lanes, truck lanes, transit lanes.
- $900 million for Local Board priorities, walking and cycling. This includes
- $640 million for the walking and cycling programme, including Skypath. In total this will deliver 125km of new cycleways
- $260 million for Local Board projects, some of these could be active projects too.
A couple of other great outcomes from this work are
- With all of the PT improvements, boardings over the next decade are expected to rise from 93 million to 170 million. For those interested, that will see our per capita usage increase from 54 today to 85 per person per year.
- Rapid Transit will enable the development of 124,000 more homes in Auckland.
- Another 30,000 homes will be able to be built on greenfield land
- There will be $500 million in health and environmental benefits
There are also a couple of pretty maps. First are the rapid transit improvements coming over the next decade.
Next we have the complete rapid transit network over the coming decades which includes light rail to the shore, just like our Congestion Free Netowrk.
Finally we have the strategic road projects that are planned
Overall, this looks pretty damn good and is an impressive improvement over the previous versions of ATAP. Even better is that it’s fully funded so it isn’t a random wish list. Well done to everyone involved.