Updates on City Centre to Mangere Light Rail Project and Which End the Project Will Start At

Ben Ross made this Official Information request to New Zealand Transport Agency

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From: Ben Ross

Dear New Zealand Transport Agency,

I am seeking updates in how City Centre to Mangere Light Rail is progressing due to lack of information being published by NZTA on said project.

In this case I am looking at the methodology around which end to start City Centre to Mangere (CC2M) Light Rail (LRT) given decisions would have great impact on communities of South Auckland (positive and negative)

On the 27th of November 2018 the Auckland Council Planning Committee was discussing the CC2M update. It was alluded to by the Chief Strategy Officer Jim Quinn that NZTA had NOT ruled out starting CC2M from the Airport end and that CC2M would not start at the Queen Street end until after 2021 owing to the America's Cup and APEC 21. For video footage of the meeting where CC2M was mentioned see https://youtu.be/GTcVHgY7rgo
For full posting on the matter see: https://voakl.net/2018/12/03/nzta-have-n...

Again for clarity:
no decision calls have been made about starting CC2M from the Mangere/Airport end (just as NZTA keep couching all Airport to Botany Rapid Transit language as Light Rail) HOWEVER, no work on the Queen Street end of CC2M will start until after the America’s Cup in 2021.

My questions to NZTA are this:
1) Why will CC2M not start at the Queen Street end until after 2021

2) What methodology is NZTA using to determine where CC2M starts whether it be the City Centre end or the Mangere/Airport end

3) Has there been cost escalations in the project and if so how much

4) Has there been complexities in CC2M not previously seen that are delaying the project, if so what and how much by

5) When can we expect our first sod turned (marking the start of CC2M) for CC2M

I look forward to your reply

Yours faithfully,

Ben Ross

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