Tuesday 15 May 2018
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board
OPEN MINUTE ITEM ATTACHMENTS
8.1 Deputation - Haumaru Housing Limited Partnership Presentation
9.1 Public Forum - Presentation from Sharleen Tongalea
13 Board Members' Report
16 Proposed rezoning of part of the northern section of Puhinui Reserve, from Informal Recreation to Sport and Active Recreation.
21 Draft 2018-2028 Regional Land Transport Plan, draft Regional Fuel Tax proposal and draft Contributions Policy
15 May 2018
Regional Land Transport Plan 2018-2028 & Regional Fuel Tax Submission
Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board
1. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board understands that transport is a complex issue. Congestion is getting worse and safety is becoming more of an issue, especially in our local board area. It is essential that the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) addresses these issues at a practical level.
2. We support the ‘Vision Zero’ concept and have identified the Ormiston Rd to East Tamaki road connection (Ormiston/Preston/East Tamaki Road Reconfiguration) and the Portage Road and Station Road Intersection upgrade and roundabout installation as practical steps forward in making this vision a reality.
3. We also support the investigation, design and route protection for a new rapid transit route from Auckland International Airport to Botany via Manukau City Centre, including Puhinui. However we strongly advocate for a light rail option over any bus options. We note Auckland Airport has also advocated for light rail.
4. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board recognise that the Regional Fuel tax (RFT) can disproportionately impact low income people in Ōtara-Papatoetoe, but recognise the need to fund significant transport infrastructure in Auckland, and accordingly support the RFT.
Regional Land and Transport Plan
5. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board supports the inclusion of the these project in the Auckland Transport Capital Project:
• Protection and CAPEX, but advocate for light rail from the start, in preference to bus rapid transit (Table 1B)
• Middlemore rail station upgrade (Table 1B)
• Infrastructure supporting development in Manukau Centre (Clist Cres and Barrowcliffe Pl) (Table 1B)
• Infrastructure supporting development in Puhinui corridor - McLaughlans Rd - Prices Rd link and bus priority improvements on Puhinui Rd (Table 1B)
• Ormiston Rd to East Tamaki Rd connection, (Table 1B)
6. Request that these projects be added to the Auckland Transport Capital Programme:
• Portage Road and Station Road intersection – install roundabout
• Development of the Southern Spur rail line
• Intersection upgrade and realignment at St. George/Kolmar Rd/Wallace Rd.
7. The Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board have advocated for several years and would request that the Portage Road and Station Road Intersection upgrade- roundabout installation be included in the Auckland Transport Capital programme.
8. There have been fatalities in the recent past and as congestion worsens this intersection is becoming more and more unsafe for local community, especially our primary, intermediate and college students.
Ormiston Rd to East Tamaki road connection- Ormiston/Preston/East Tamaki Road Reconfiguration
9. For years the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board has been advocating for the reconfiguration of the Ormiston Road/Preston Road/ East Tamaki Road intersection. From 2012-16 there have been two fatalities, three serious accidents and over 60 minor incidents with the potential for more if nothing is done. This does not include the two fatalities between 2010-11
10. The project itself is at an advanced stage where delivery can happen sooner rather than later. Business cases, concept plans and the land for realignment have already been purchased and are owned by the council.
11. We support the ‘Zero Vision’ concept, the Government Strategic Plan on Land Transport and the Auckland Transport Alignment Project both put heavy emphasis on safety. This project would be a practical step forward in achieving what has been set out in these plans.
Light Rail from Airport to Botany via Manukau
12. For years this board has been advocating for rail from Auckland Airport through SH20B to Puhinui Station to Manukau and through to Botany. We note the former Auckland Regional Council concluded Heavy Rail would be the best option for both SH20A and SH20B. We understand Heavy Rail is no longer an option and therefore advocate for Light Rail along SH20B.
13. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) shows significantly higher growth figures in the South over the next ten to thirty years over any other sub-region. To accommodate the growth immediate prioritisation of this corridor improvement and mass rapid transit- light rail is the way forward.
14. With the expansion of the Airport and majority of workers in the area coming from the South, congestion is going to get worse. Light rail will allow more people to access Auckland and alleviate congestion while still allowing tourist to experience the rich cultural vibrancy of the south, rather than going straight past it.
15. We note Auckland Airport has also publicly advocated for Light Rail. We understand a study was undertaken by Auckland Transport to assess whether Light Rail or Rapid Bus option would be suitable.
16. We are therefore dismayed that the RLTP currently only proposes additional lanes along SH20B for high occupancy lanes, supporting bus, freight and carpooling.
17. If Light Rail will not be implemented in the near future, then proper dedicated bus lanes should be installed along SH20B for the short term. Sharing lanes with other vehicles will diminish the effectiveness of any rapid mass transport option along SH20B.
Regional Fuel Tax
18. This board would want to see congestion charges be investigated in our most congested areas (Auckland CBD) as another source of funds. International examples like London and Singapore would be good examples as a starting point.
19. This board would like to see more T2, T3 and T4 lanes to encourage carpooling as a result lessens congestion on roads at peak times.
20. This board would expect that the RFT would avoid disproportionate effects on people in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe area.
Lotu Fuli - Chair of the Ōtara-Papatoetoe Local Board
Date 11 May 2018