Manukau Courier : November 30th 2010
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Rail loop links to jobs By KAREN MANGNALL MORE people and jobs will flow to south Auckland along with extra trains if the CBD rail loop goes ahead, Auck- land Transport says. The underground rail loop would remove the capacity constraint at Britomart, a dead-end station that can take 20 trains an hour at most, strategy and planning manager Peter Clark says. Britomart would instead become a through-tunnel able to take around 50 trains an hour to and from more town centres on the rail network including Manukau. The predictions are part of Auckland Transport s busi- ness case for the $2 billion rail loop, endorsed by mayor Len Brown and the Auckland Council s transport com- mittee last Thursday. The 3.5km tunnel would run from Britomart to the western line at Mt Eden with underground stations at Aotea Square, Karangahape Rd and Newton. Putting most of the CBD within walking distance of a train station accelerates growth in the local residential population, jobs and tertiary study places, Mr Clark says. Similar benefits will flow to other town centres on the rail network, like Manukau with its mix of commerce, residen- tial high rises and tertiary campuses. Even at worst case estimates, the rail loop will generate more than $3 in benefits for every dollar spent building it, he says. It s not a transport project. It s a project to enable econ- omic growth and redevelop- ment of the CBD with national benefits. Mr Clark says the CBD rail loop would unlock the wider Auckland rapid transit net- work. It will enable rail expan- sion, including a rapid transit link to Auckland airport. What this project is doing is providing a huge extra capacity into the major part of the region. Around half of the benefits would be in decongestion. The rail loop would take 10,000 cars off the road dur- ing morning peak, saving $150 million a year in conges- tion costs. Rail patronage would triple by 2041 from this year s record nine million trips. An estimated 900,000 more residents in Auckland by 2051 are expected to generate an extra 45,000 trips into the CBD every day at morning peak. Mr Clark says most of those extra trips will need to be on public transport because there s not a lot of capacity to cope with the traffic on roads. The under- ground rail loop is the best option because it will enable more train trips. KiwiRail is likely to file a notice of requirement to des- ignate the rail loop route and station locations by the end of this year. Santa's a little early but big parade is in store Santa's helpers: Organising this year's Papatoetoe Santa Parade are, from left: Sharon Grey, Angela Cave, Donna Lee and Dianne Troup. Photo: SIMON WATTS By JESSIE COLQUHOUN Santa Claus is coming to town early this year. He s starring in tomorrow s annual Papatoetoe Santa Parade which usually attracts up to 30,000 spectators. The event is in its 16th year and is the second biggest parade in Auckland. Manager Angela Cave says about 1500 people from playcentres, churches, Girl Guides, schools, businesses and cultural groups will be taking part And there could be even more on the day. This year there s an incen- tive for kids to dress as a fair- ies, pirates, clowns, super- heroes or creatures, and register to walk in the par- ade. The best thing about the day is bringing everyone in the community together, Miss Cave says. Chances are that everyone watching will know at least one person participating. It s a massive task for Miss Cave and Santa s helpers to organise. The parade is at 7pm -- rain or shine. It starts at School Corner, the intersection of St George St and Great South Rd, and goes along Great South Rd to Kolmar Rd and Wentworth Ave.
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