This could be Simon Bridges moment. Or his epic failure.
The Government and Auckland Council are looking to negotiate a formal accord to make progress on Auckland’s transport plans and secure some certainty on the city’s most contentious and expensive issues.
The agreement is in the mould of the housing accord signed in 2013, which aimed to rapidly increase housing supply, and it could pave the way for more central government funding for transport projects.
Auckland Mayor Len Brown wrote to Transport Minister Simon Bridges this year to request an Auckland Transport Accord.
Mr Bridges and Finance Minister Bill English are now writing terms of reference for the proposed agreement.
Before it can be signed, the Government wants the council to agree on the mix of transport projects in the city’s long-term plan and their impact on congestion. At present, the two parties differ on the best ways to reduce congestion around the city.