Rail Loop business case really wonky now after census


The census figures are showing that Len Brown’s council plans for grandiose development, the unitary plan and the city rail loop are based on fantasy rather than reality.

Statistics Minister Maurice Williamson says new Census data which show that New Zealand population growth has halved since the last Census could prompt revision of Auckland’s infrastructure plans such as an increase in high-rise apartments and the construction of a city rail loop.

But Auckland Council is standing by its plans for growth, saying that Auckland is expected to grow faster than the rest of the country.

The council’s planning for the next 30 years is based on the prediction that the number of residents will grow by 1 million.

Mr Williamson said the first Census data in seven years indicated that this projection was far too high. 

The economics of this loop are in question because the growth is in question.

Combined with Len’s volte-face back down on intensification in apartment and terrace zones (unitary plan) where the zone is less than half the predicted dwellings along the rail corridor and you start to get a picture that the rail loop is looking doomed.

Now with a new workplace destination to grow at Drury and another in Pokeno it is certain that growth and transport movements around our city are going to continue to be somewhere else rather than in the CBD where Len thinks everyone works.

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