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Desperate Mayor chokes on his bus fumes

Mayor Brown is fast running out of logical and rational reasons why the exorbitant $3-4 billion city rail tunnel should be built.

With no cash in council coffers due to the staggering debt levels it has fallen into Mayor Brown thinks the rest of New Zealand should pick up the tab for the tunnel through Government funding.

The Government knows the cost benefit analysis is flawed and for $4b it can get a lot more for its money in other projects that benefit more than the 6,000 council workers the rest of the CBD occupants of Auckland.

So it wants genuine rail patronage growth to justify that rail is working and that the expenditure is needed. Because the rail network isn’t overloaded now and is working fine.

Council has for sometime projected a doomsday scenario where congested rail will be over crowded and bogged down by the current terminal use – thus a ‘through link’ is needed.

But who is buying that scenario?

By Council’s own predictions the CBD – which accounts for approximately 16% of workers in Auckland – will only grow by 2% in 20 years. So where is the need?

Brown has tried everything to get funding to no avail. Now in a desperate attempt he states that ‘bus fumes’ are the issue and this spending $3-4 billion to cut back on bus fumes is the answer. Stupidly Fanshawe St is quoted – yet all buses on Fanshawe St go to places the rail doesn’t go to. So they will still be there Mr Brown after a tunnel is built. ?? Read more »

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