English announces National’s transport policy

Bill English is in Auckland announcing National’s transport policy.

Today we have announced that we will invest $267m to accelerate the construction of key commuter rail projects in Auckland & Wellington.

We will electrify the Southern Rail line to Pukekohe ($130m), and accelerate the delivery of the Third Main Rail Line in Auckland ($100m).

Electrification is a key element of the National led government’s focus on supporting a cohesive, efficient transport system for Auckland.

We’ve worked with Council to come up with a long-term, fully costed plan to deliver the transport system Auckland needs over the next 30 yrs.

In Wellington, we will deliver a package of projects worth $37m to support the increased use of commuter rail.

$267 million investment in commuter rail 

National is committing up to $267 million of investment over the next three years in the Auckland and Wellington commuter rail networks to support future passenger growth, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

The package includes the electrification of the Papakura to Pukekohe rail line, adding a Third Main Line from Wiri to Westfield and double-tracking the Wellington commuter network between Trentham and Upper Hutt.

“Commuter rail has experienced strong growth in Auckland and Wellington. The National-led Government is continuing its already considerable investment in public transport with a further $267 million investment in commuter rail,” Mr Bridges says.

“In Auckland we will invest $130 million to electrifythe track between Papakura and Pukekohe to support these important growth areas in the south and provide a more reliable and efficient services for commuters.

“Electrification is a key element of the National led government’s focus on supporting a cohesive, efficient transport system for Auckland.

“Auckland’s population growth has meant more commuter trains using the rail network around Auckland and competing with the growing number of freight trains using this important corridor.

“We’re committing to invest $100 million for a Third Main Line from Wiri to Westfield providing a dedicated freight line. This will increase the efficiency of this important corridor, allow for greater frequency, improve travel times and provide more reliability for commuters.

“We’ve worked closed with Council to come up with a long-term, fully costed plan to deliver the transport system Auckland needs over the next 30 years.

“This means we’re investing in the right projects, at the right times. Projects like the City Rail Link which will deliver a step change in Auckland’s commuter rail network.

“We are also announcing a $37 million Wellington Commuter Package. This will further enhance the reliability of Wellington’s commuter rail network and builds on Budget 2017’s $98.4 million investment in Wellington’s commuter rail network.

Wellington’s commuter rail package includes:
• A full double track on the Hutt Valley Line between Upper Hutt and Trentham – $22 million
• A third platform for Porirua Station – $3.5 million
• A turn-back facility at Plimmerton – $2.5 million
• Upgrade of bridges and slopes – $9 million
• Upgrade of ‘Park and Ride’ facilities for the Kapiti and Hutt Valley Lines
• A programme to integrate and optimise rail and bus services.

“The Wellington commuter rail package will enable a more reliable, efficient and frequent commuter service in Wellington. These improvements will support the growing the patronage of these services, Mr Bridges says.

“Together these projects represent a $267 million investment in commuter rail in our biggest cities commuter rail networks.

Q&A:  $267 million investment in commuter rail

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7 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  August 6, 2017

    Pukekohe and surrounding areas are earmarked for considerable population growth in the near future so electrification is timely and needed.

  2. “$267 million of investment over the next three years in the Auckland and Wellington commuter rail networks to support future passenger growth, ” more like “to catch up” with growth.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  August 6, 2017

      Exacury. Bill and the boys have reaped the benefits of rampant immigration …now we have to pay for it

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 6, 2017

        Don’t forget the immigrants are paying more tax and working on average harder than the natives.

        • Conspiratoor

           /  August 6, 2017

          Correction …than ‘non working’ natives. Do you think we should look to politicians to take this elephant on?

          And you need to correct for one of the great rorts of the last 10 years – the student visa

  3. Gezza

     /  August 6, 2017

    Just watching 1ewes at 6 on the Plus One channel. Coverage of both Jacinta & Bill on their transport announcements.

    I’d describe the coverage of both as very fair & balanced.

    Bill was smiling, seemed quite relaxed, comments indicated he is totes ok with matching up National’s policies against Labour’s & letting the voters decide. He also said that light rail to the airport is a good idea, it was on their agenda too, but it is not a spending priority at the moment. Good move announcing extra money for Wellington rail.

    Nick Smith also featured at some housing development project. Made a point of inviting young people considering a career to look at construction, because it’s booming!

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