Huge setback for Len’s Loopy Train Set


Auckland’s $2.4 billion rail project may have hit another hurdle as city leaders consider pushing it back another three years.

Auckland Council will consider on December 9 whether to delay major construction on the City Rail Link to 2018.

Mayor Len Brown has long-touted the construction start date of 2015, based on the assumption central Government would come to the party on funding.

But after discussions with Audit New Zealand, the mayor is now considering changing the construction start date of the project under the super-city’s Long-Term Plan (LTP).

Despite the setback, Brown said he would retain his track record of success in convincing the Government to get on board.

Sorry Len.  We can rate this as #FAIL.  You pushed too hard.  You squeezed too hard.  You didn’t care what it took.  Thank goodness someone had the power to pull you into line.  

“Yes, we still have to work with Government on final timing, but I’m confident we can come to an agreement and get on and get this job done.

“I understand why Audit NZ feel that we need to take a more conservative approach to our financial projections and I am proposing that we develop the LTP based on a later timing of Government contribution.”

The potential delay is the second major overhaul to the City Rail Link this year after plans for an underground station in central city suburb Newton were dropped in August.

The Rail Loop is now well beyond Len’s current term.  We can only hope Auckland will have a better set of candidates to choose from for Mayor, and they aren’t going to be dopey enough to vote him back in after all.

In the mean time, perhaps we can save some people from 40% rates rises?

Audit NZ have basically told Len Brown he can’t be trusted to run the finances of Auckland City.  Same news, different day.

Council said initial city centre work, to the tune of $280 million, will still go ahead in the first three years of the rail project.

Yes.  Well.  Any councilors that don’t vote against that will probably be under heavy pressure during the next local body elections.  This Loonie Leftie Rail Loop vanity project is going to become the central theme whereby their careers continue or fail.


– Stuff

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