Every year Auckland Transport publishes a Statement of Intent (SOI) which sets out what they plan to achieve for the next three years, how they’ll monitor their performance and how they will contribute to the longer-term outcomes Auckland Council aims to achieve. a
The process to create the SOI is a little bizarre:
- The council create a Letter of Expectation, such as this one, setting out what their priorities are.
- Auckland Transport then come up with a draft SOI
- The council then provide feedback on the area’s they’d like to see changed/improved.
- Auckland Transport decide if they agree with the changes and the final version gets signed off.
It’s bizarre because despite being ‘owned’ by the Council, it’s not uncommon for council to want to see changes and for AT to not include them.
The Council signed off ATs latest version just a few weeks ago but the Mayor has now sent a letter to AT requesting that they consider making changes to incorporate four areas.
- Road safety improvements
- Climate Change
- Relevant council committee resolutions
This is positive to see as the top three are all things we’ve pushed for focus on in the past. It’s also notable as combined with some other recent council meetings, suggests the councillors are finally starting to flex some muscles with AT.
Here’s the letter which was included as an attachment to today’s Finance and Performance Committee
There’s some good stuff in there and it will be interesting to see how AT respond.