Fast-track the CBD Rail Loop – campaign launch with Gareth Hughes and Keith Locke, Green MPs


Monday, July 26, 2010 –




Britomart Transport Centre, Auckland

Gareth Hughes, Green Party transport spokeperson and Keith Locke, Auckland Transport spokesperson invite you to join them at the launch of a new Green transport campaign: Fast-Track the CBD Rail Loop.

Speakers at the event will include Len Brown, the Mayor of Manukau City, Christine Rose, chair of the Auckland Regional Council transport committee, Alex Swney, CEO of Heart of the City, and a spokesperson for the Campaign for the Better Transport.

The CBD Rail Loop is a crucial part of the solution to Auckland’s transport woes, and one which should be pushed ahead as quickly as possible. Transforming Britomart from a terminus to a through station will unlock the capacity of the rail network across the region – allowing it to carry many more passengers, with greater reliability and frequency of services.

The CBD rail loop is also an essential first step toward other important extensions of the rail network – such as a rail link to Auckland Airport, the North Shore and from South to West Auckland.

The CBD Rail Loop will also transform the Auckland Central Business District, bringing thousands more people and jobs into the area. We see the Loop, and the construction of a rail network appropriate to the 21st century, as key to Auckland becoming a truly vibrant and sustainable city.

The Loop will take some time to design and build, and that is all the more reason to ensure that there are no delays. Our Fast-Track the CBD Rail Loop campaign aims to raise public awareness to get a greater sense of urgency towards this project from central and local government and the needed investment.