Greens promise something that’s out of their hands

Greens announced today:  Greens to fast-track airport rail for America’s Cup

The Green Party is announcing today that in Government it will fast-track the building of a new rail line to Auckland airport to be completed in 2021, in time for the next America’s Cup.

By light rail it will take approximately 43 minutes to travel from Wynyard Quarter, up Queen Street and Dominion Road to the airport. The $2.3 billion rail line will be a project of national significance funded from the transport fund. In Government we will also investigate additional funding sources for this project such as land value capture.

“Light rail to the airport is the most urgently needed transport project in Auckland, and it will start this year when we’re in Government,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

“A new rail line will give people the freedom to by-pass congested roads and travel from the city to Dominion Rd and the airport easily and quickly.

“Light rail will mean far more consistent and shorter travel times for people traveling to and from the airport and surrounding suburbs.

“2021 is an ambitious goal that will require unprecedented cooperation between Government and Council, and we can make this happen.

Except that it isn’t their call.

They can try and make it happen, but unless they can convince both Labour and NZ First allow them to make it happen then it won’t happen.

I asked @yournzGreens and @JulieAnneGenter:

In practice that means will make it a priority negotiating point with Labour and NZ First? A bottom line?

Neither responded.  I guess there’s not much they could say except be honest about their chances, and about the political reality their reliance on NZ First (probably) and Labour (definitely) to make anything happen.

What if National agreed with this policy as long as Greens assured of giving them confidence and supply? Would the determination of the Greens to change the Government be stronger than their determination to fast track light rail to Auckland airport?

Regardless of this policy Greens on the cross benches allowing the return of a National led minority government may be a possibility if the Green membership could stomach that more than having NZ First and Labour trampled all over them.

8 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  July 5, 2017

    I feel sorry for these pseudo bike riders. They are in the same boat as Labour. Big changes coming post election. The factions`are probably already working out their strategies. New rail will be the least of their problems.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  July 5, 2017

      How many people use the airport ? I have been there a few times, and never noticed huge traffic jams.

      This would be a totally unjustified hogging of funds.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  July 5, 2017

        My mistake, there are a lot more than I would have guessed. But this still seems too much money.

        • patupaiarehe

           /  July 5, 2017

          Money well spent Kitty. Not only does it help ‘unclog’ Auckland now, it has been providing employment for thousands over the last few years….
          Watch, & learn….

  2. PDB

     /  July 5, 2017

    Listening to feedback from people going from the Shore to the airport on a regular basis the new Waterview tunnel has already taken 25 minutes off the car journey in peak time.

    • Corky

       /  July 5, 2017

      The greens don’t have television… they still use magic lanterns.

    • Brown

       /  July 6, 2017

      Wait a while as traffic has a habit of sorting itself out after big changes and the savings may vary as time goes on.

  3. patupaiarehe

     /  July 5, 2017

    The Greens will always break the 5% threshold, mainly due to expats who don’t follow politics, wanting to keep NZ ‘clean & green’. JAG, however, adds some actual intelligence into the ‘mix’…
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Anne_Genter
    The biggest challenge will be getting people ‘on board’, on both the trains, & the party vote…