Mayor Len Brown explains how the City Rail Link will revolutionise Auckland.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Mayor Len Brown for the Huffington Post.
As the first mayor of a united Auckland, my biggest priority has been getting Auckland moving. The achievements of the first Auckland Council have been nothing short of phenomenal.
The arrival of our first fleet of electric trains and the advent of region-wide integrated ticketing will allow for seamless travel between rail, buses and ferries. The crowning jewel in Auckland's burgeoning 52km cycleway network - the magenta-coloured Te Ara i Whiti or Lightpath, on what was a redundant off-ramp in the middle of Auckland's biggest motorway interchange - opened last month to local acclaim.
What will truly revolutionise Auckland, and unlock the potential of our whole transport network, is the City Rail Link - the most ambitious, critical and transformational infrastructure project undertaken since a motorway bridge was built across the Waitemata Harbour more than 50 years ago.
Auckland has not seen anything quite like the City Rail Link in terms of scale, audacity and potential. It will rejuvenate and connect many parts of greater Auckland and unlock the productivity of our inner city, allowing us to be internationally competitive for jobs and investment.
Not only does the rail link signify a radical shift in local thinking around transport and mobility, but it is quite clearly vital to Auckland's move onto the global stage as an authentically world-class, liveable city.
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