It was fantastic to recently help celebrate the electrification of Britomart with the Minister of Transport, Hon Gerry Brownlee, and National MPs Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga and Simon O’Connor.
The electrification of Britomart is an important element in supporting a better, more efficient transport system for Auckland, and a milestone for three projects, representing a total of $1.7 billion investment in the rail network including:
- The upgrade of the network to enable 10-minute peak frequencies (Project DART)
- The Auckland Electrification Project
- The purchase of 57 new electric trains
It is great to see that Aucklanders made 10.7 million trips by rail across the city in the year to January 2014. The upgraded and electrified network, along with the new trains, will encourage even more people to take the train instead of driving and help tackle congestion.
The Government is investing around $1 billion a year on roads and public transport to meet the needs of Auckland’s growing population and to improve the transport system’s contribution to economic growth. The completed Newmarket Viaduct and Victoria Park tunnel are already making a difference.
Other projects include the Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) which is a 30-year, $1.5 billion strategy aimed at dealing with traffic congestion, poor traffic options and growth in key areas; the green light for a second harbour link and the City Rail Link business case; design and construction of the Auckland Domain Road Corridor Upgrade; and the planned SH16 Central Auckland connection cycle-way.