STRAIGHT TO AIRPORT RAPID TRAINS (START) CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

An urgent public meeting has been called for Tuesday 9th October, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road, to highlight why the Government and those behind the scenes promoting trams/light rail and bus links to the airport have got it all wrong.

The meeting has been organized by NZ Transport 2050 Inc and the Public Transport Users Association and will highlight an alternative transport strategy called START “Straight to Airport Rapid Trains”.

An urgent public meeting has been called for Tuesday 9th October to highlight why the Government and those behind the scenes promoting trams/light rail and bus links to the airport have got it all wrong.

The meeting has been organized by NZ Transport 2050 Inc and the Public Transport Users Association and will highlight an alternative transport strategy called START “Straight to Airport Rapid Trains”.

NZ Transport 2050 Chair, Paul Miller, says “The Government and Auckland Council have been sold a lemon which won’t solve the massive congestion issues caused by the trending growth at Auckland Airport. It seems that officials have been hi-jacked into something which simply does not solve the congestion problem, wastes the billions we have spent on trains, will cause significant issues for those living on Dominion Road and won’t remove a single truck from the roads trying to reach the expansive airport logistics and surrounding manufacturing zones.”

Meeting organisers will present facts which will highlight the disadvantages trams to an airport will have. It will also show the bus link from the airport to Puhinui station is not a first world solution.

A modern, fast train linking the airport to every single Auckland railway station and south to Hamilton and Tauranga is what we need the Government to take a serious and objective look at.

The Minister of Transport, Phil Twyford, needs to be open minded on the airport congestion issues before he commits taxpayers to fund one of the slowest tram/light-rail links in the world to Auckland airport and a “user unfriendly” airport bus shuttle link from Puhinui railway station.

Jon Reeves, National Coordinator of the Public Transport Users Association says “If the NZTA are going to fund any large scale transport project we would like it be a something that benefits the widest reach of Auckland, the Waikato and the Bay of Plenty. It’s called a railway network which is already in place. Auckland has spent over $6.5 billion on our railway network in the past 16 years, and the city rail link tunnel will further open up reach of our rail system. To not capitalise on that investment by operating fast, modern Airport Trains is purely crazy.”

The public meeting will include guest speakers Councilor Mike Lee, Paul Miller (Transport 2050) and Jon Reeves (PTUA).

PUBLIC MEETING 9th OCTOBER:

The public meeting is this Tuesday night (9th October), 7pm, Mt Eden War Memorial Hall, 487 Dominion Road.

Contacts:

Straight To Airport Rapid Trains (START) Campaign is organised by:

Paul Miller, Chair, NZ Transport 2050 Inc: 021 648 152

Jon Reeves, National Coordinator, PTUA: 021 529 404 / ptusers@outlook.com

About:

NZ Transport 2050 Inc. and the Public Transport Users Association are incorporated societies with the aims to challenge poor transport decisions and to protect the rights of current and future public transport users.

START – Straight To Airport Rapid Train

One thought on “STRAIGHT TO AIRPORT RAPID TRAINS (START) CAMPAIGN LAUNCH”

  1. I completely support this push. As a native Aucklander that has spent the past 15 years living in Sydney, Brisbane, Hong Kong, and now Singapore a train is the way to go. And not any old train but an express train direct from the Airport as fast as possible into Britomart and then following the new citylink up through the CBD to K-Road. And the idea of freight being used on the same line is good as well as long as the schedule matches.

    Hong Kong is the model to try to match for passenger experience. Sydney with its graffitied dirty all stops trains and long walk to stations from airport terminals no good. Brisbane great system but limited operating hours and long gaps between trains no good. Singapore long long walk from terminals (only some terminals have a link) train change after two stops and all stops to the city no good.

    Hong Kong , highish speed, three strategic stops, high frequency, discounted travel card for return trips that includes metro transport, integrated bus and taxi ranks at stops for transfer to hotels business etc.

    So for Auckland I can see this: High speed , one stop Manukau area for people to transfer to/from metro trains north and south , express buses to East Auckland etc. Then high speed to Britomart (with an integrated taxi rank) , then up the citylink due to the steep incline of the CBD. Operating hours quite early to late, try and match road congestion periods , maybe 6am start, 10pm finish. In peak flight inbound/outbound times train every 15 minutes maximum, in off-peak every 30 (they could be smaller 3-4 carriage trains with the high frequency). Max time to Britomart should be 25 minutes. Discount for return ticket , free 3 days travel on the metro and buses with ticket.

    Station quick and easy to get to from both International and Domestic (may have to unfortunately be two stations at airport)

    Freight trains to operate during off-peak times in the slots between the 30 mins train (and off course on-peak if they can be squeezed in). But a huge emphasis on freight over night when no passenger trains.

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