Yesterday I took a look at what isn’t (currently) being funded over the next decade in Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP). In this post, I’m taking a look at some of what is being funded, and there’s a lot. As you’d expect, this is the same as what makes up ATAP but this gives us the detail. Also, one of the great things about RLTP documents is they include what is being funded by all agencies, so it includes projects by the NZTA and Kiwirail. The projects listed below are ones not already committed to or that have money ring-fenced for.
ATAP included $900m in safety upgrades with the intention of dropping in deaths and serious injuries from 813 in 2017 to 325 in 2027. Just over $700m of that sits in a group of safety programmes.
The NZTA have been given most of the rapid transit projects (light rail, airport – Puhinui busway, Northern busway extension) but Auckland Transport still have the Eastern Busway and a few bits of the airport access, including the Puhinui bus/train upgrade.
With the Eastern Busway, one thing that particularly stands out is the cost of the Panmure to Pakuranga section, at $170m, compared to the Reeves Rd flyover and Pakuranga station at $316m. This is especially so given the first one also includes a busway bridge across the Tamaki River. I also wonder just what size bus station and Park & Ride they’re planning at Botany. As an example, the huge new Manukau Bus Interchange cost about $50m if you include land. Even at that price, the remaining money looks to be enough for a large multi-storey carpark.
There is a range of other bus, train and ferry improvements coming. One of the more significant is the $215m for the first phase of the next bus priority measures and was announced as part of ATAP. As we mentioned yesterday, there’s almost double that sitting in the unfunded programme. One project some might have not heard about before is an upgrade to Carrington Rd which plans to add bus and protected bike lanes to the corridor.
The plan includes $491m in bike infrastructure for, although $153m of that appears to be is a hangover from the Urban Cycleway Fund of the last government. Combined, this is short of the funding ATAP announced and that’s because there are a number of projects sitting under the NZTA. However, if you take out the Urban Cycleway Fund and some of the NZTA projects, the funding falls short of what is required to deliver AT’s 10-year cycling business case.
As part of the local board projects, a $5m connection from Gowing Dr to the Tamaki Dr to Glen Innes shared path is included too.
Under the heading of Network Capacity and Performance Improvements, Network Performance contains a laundry list of things the $180m allocated will be used for.
A package of small scale initiatives such as synchronisation of traffic signals, best-use road layout, first-and-final leg trials and implementation, dynamic lanes at highest congestion locations, targeted freight movement improvements, upgrades to traffic light management system to enable smarter intersections, BIG DATA real-time multi modal network performance and congestion monitoring system, ferry interpeak/weekend trials and implementation, and targeted local bus capacity and resilience enhancements.
AT have $300m budgeted for various technology line items but the one that stands out is also the biggest single one, $119m to ultimately replace HOP.
To extend, enhance and replace AT HOP equipment and systems – including the back-end system, retail and top-up devices and the tag-on/off devices for rail, ferry and bus.
We’ve already heard about Mill Rd and Penlink being funded under the ATAP agreement and the RLTP includes funding for five others as well as seal extensions. These are
- Glenvar Road/East Coast Road intersection and corridor – $46m
- Lake Road/Esmonde Road – $47m
- Lincoln Road – $85m – a project we believe needs rethinking.
- Matakana Link Road – $89m
- Smales Allens Road Widening & Intersection Upgrade – $14m
On top of the projects currently underway, the NZTA have plenty of new projects to do, including many of the biggest ones including taking over Light Rail from Auckland Transport. Their other major projects are shown below, and most were highlighted as part of ATAP.
They also have a number of smaller cycling projects they’re looking at, although some only for investigation at this stage. the Southern Cycle Link would be a very useful addition, including for improving access to stations like Greenlane.
There are a large number of corridor and safety improvements, although many large in their own right. The biggest of these is $130m for noise walls around the motorway network. Another interesting one is the need to do something about SH1 north of the Harbour Bridge which has been underwater a few times recently during large tides and storms.
Kiwirail has $866m of projects to improve the rail network, which includes the big items like Pukekohe electrification and the 3rd main but many other improvements too. This includes $20m for pedestrian and $185m for road level crossing removals. There’s also $69m to upgrade the Onehunga line. Another significant outcome is to get the existing network up to speed with a range of improvements.
Rail Network Resilience and Performance Programme
Programme of works to improve network resilience and performance to ensure investment in rail infrastructure and services is optimised. This includes additional Crossovers, Line Speed Increases (south and west), Infill Signals, Wiri Independent Feed, Infil Balises, Remuera Siding
Rail Network Resilience and Performance Programme – Catch-up Renewals
Funding for works to address historic formation, drainage and track issues to bring the network up to a modern metro standard. This includes acceleration of some renewal activity to ensure programme is optimised and ensure the network will perform reliably under increased traffic volumes. This work was identified within the track study undertaken by Network Rail Consulting, UK
The Britomart East remodelling is included as part of the CRL project so I’m surprised to see it in the list for Kiwirail to do, although it’s possible they’re doing it for CRL.
And finally, the currently unfunded rail projects, which probably should have been included in yesterday’s post. The total cost for these projects is $800m but that’s not broken down.
Southern Rail Lines Upgrade for Regional Services/express services
- Infrastructure required to support regional/express services
- Creation of a 3rd track between:
- Wiri to Papakura, Papakura and Pukekohe
- Creation of a 4th track between:
- Westfield to Wiri
- Wiri to Papakura
There’s certainly plenty going on, and this wasn’t even all of it. But given this is a 10-year plan, I wish we could skip ahead and deliver most of that in the next few