Franklin residents are being asked to make their voices heard on Auckland Transport’s Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) given there’s now less than a week to do so.
Local board chair Angela Fulljames says transport was the number one issue raised by locals during Auckland Council's 10-year Budget consultation, so it’s vital people reinforce this message to Auckland Transport through the current round of consultation, which closes at 8pm, 14 May.
“You have told us transport was your number one area of concern, that our roads need to be better equipped to move our people and products and that you need user-friendly transport choices.
“We have heard you and are strongly advocating for increased and accelerated delivery across our communities."
“But now it’s time for you to send that message to Auckland Transport directly.”
The draft Regional Land Transport Plan and Proposal for Regional Fuel Tax outlines how Auckland Transport will prioritise spending.
Electrification of the Pukekohe train line and the funding for phase one of the Mill Road corridor project are among the proposals to be funded by the Regional Fuel Tax.
Proposed Mill Road corridor project
The proposed Mill Road corridor project would provide an additional strategic north-south corridor for south Auckland, connecting Manukau and Drury to the east of the Southern Motorway.
It connects future residential development in the south with employment in the north, particularly around Manukau. Once complete, it will also improve access to new employment opportunities in Drury South.
Phase one takes the northern section from State Highway 1 at Manukau to the intersection of Mill Road and Popes Road, while stage two runs from Mill Road/Popes Road intersection to Papakura and Drury.
Thousands of submissions on the RLTP have already been submitted and Fulljames reiterates that it’s vital Franklin residents’ input is heard as well.
“We cannot tolerate the personal and financial cost of congestion to our region and so it’s important you make your voice heard at akhaveyoursay.nz or make a hard-copy submission at libraries or services centres.”
The consultation period ends 8pm, 14 May.