People living in the East and Central Suburbs of Auckland have had their say on Auckland Transport’s proposed New Network for these areas.
Anthony Cross, Public Transport Network Manager, said, “The two month public consultation which ended in December was challenging because we were doing two major areas simultaneously. However, it was well worth the effort as people participated in large numbers through online activity or at public information events and stakeholder meetings. Not surprisingly, we received a record number of feedback submissions”.
More than 4600 pieces of feedback were received for Central Suburbs, and over 1150 for East Auckland.
On which way the feedback went, Mr Cross says “It is too soon to tell, however, people were generally positive about our efforts to improve public transport and appreciative of the time we spent engaging with them”.
The next stage is to analyse and evaluate the feedback. Depending on the feedback, where necessary, planners will carry out further investigations and make recommendations within operational and financial constraints. Once confirmed, the final decisions will be available at AT.govt.nz/NewNetwork
Implementation of the Central and East New Network is planned for late 2017/early 2018, subject to the completion of tendering for bus services and infrastructure changes.
Commenting on the consultation process, Mr Cross says “It was an enormous logistical exercise which included the publication of detailed brochures and translations, distribution to thousands of households and hosting more than 60 public information events and stakeholder meetings.
We wanted a broad-based and inclusive consultation so targeted all relevant stakeholder groups including the elderly, disabled, youth and ethnic groups. I must therefore acknowledge my team for their sterling effort and members of the public for their participation and support”.
Consultation on the proposed new bus network for the East and Central Suburbs of Auckland took place from 1 October to 14 December 2015.
This rounds off public consultation in the major urban areas of Auckland which include South Auckland including Pukekohe and Waiuku, Hibiscus Coast, West Auckland and North Shore.