Auckland Transport officials this week confirmed that a key piece of the city’s second largest transport project, the AMETI/Eastern Busway’s Reeves Road Flyover, has been delayed, which means further uncertainty for a project vital to unlocking congestion in East Auckland, says Simeon Brown, MP for Pakuranga.
"The Reeves Road Flyover is a critical piece of infrastructure designed to ease congestion around the Pakuranga Town Centre and allow for the Eastern Busway to run smoothly underneath, improving public transport options and travel times for East Aucklanders."
"Auckland Transport is claiming that this delay is due to changes in the Unitary Plan and a decision by the Board of Auckland Transport to contract the remaining stages of AMETI as a single project, rather than delivering it as a number of separate individual projects.”
"Their reasoning for this approach though is vague, as there was a clear logic to the previous plan that would deliver pieces of the AMETI/Eastern Busway in a common sense order, with the Flyover coming first to alleviate congestion prior to construction of the Botany to Pakuranga stage of the Eastern Busway.”
“The purpose of this sequential approach was to minimise the impact of construction on traffic flow and allow people to take advantage of the Flyover sooner rather than later.""It is also unclear what changes to the Unitary Plan AT is referring to, given it has been in effect since late-2016. AT have had plenty of time to work this out."
“This decision to delay the project will mean another re-design of the remaining stages of the AMETI/Eastern Busway, and will mean more uncertainty for the area with a Notice of Requirement application unlikely to be lodged until late 2020."
"Locals have been waiting over a decade for this project to get underway, with repeated delays, re-designs, and funding issues pushing it further and further back. I will be urging Auckland Transport to work closely with affected parties in the area to ensure they are engaged in the next steps of this process and are fully informed and involved in the decisions going forward.”
"The delay will also mean there will be some crossover between construction of the Reeves Road Flyover and the Botany to Pakuranga stage of the Eastern Busway."
“This could make traffic congestion much worse during construction than initially thought, and I will be working closely with AT to ensure they understand the impact and can take steps to mitigate as much of it as possible.”
“Auckland Transport needs to stop the continual delays and finally get on with the delivery of these critical pieces of infrastructure."