Another broken promise:
Auckland’s light rail project is officially an election issue after the Government gave up on trying to reach an agreement on which plan to back.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced the Auckland Light Rail process had “ended” this morning.
“Despite extensive cross-party consultation, Government parties were unable to reach agreement on a preferred proposal,” Twyford said.
“The future of the project will now be decided by the government following September’s general election.” . .
That’s another reason to ensure this government isn’t the next one.
National’s transport spokesman Chris Bishop described the issue as an “epic fail” of a similar scale to Kiwibuild, saying it was one of Labour’s first promises during the 2017 election.
“They said it would be built to Mount Roskill, not just started, but built from the Auckland CBD to Mount Roskill by 2021, which is just next year,” Bishop told RNZ.
“After three years of work, millions of dollars to consultants and lawyers and policy advice, back and forth, we have no route, no consent, no business case, we have no plan, we have no estimate of the cost.
“Light rail’s actually gone backwards compared to what it was three years ago.” . . .
Three years and millions of dollars have been squandered on another project that has fallen victim to the Twyford touch.
Like KiwiBuild, this is another expensive failure of a policy that should never have been promised in the first place.