|Straight from city council
A personal view,
by Councillor Steve Morris
This week we budgeted $192m for transport upgrades in our draft 10-year plan. The most significant item is $51.4m towards four-lanes on 15th Avenue and Turret Road in four-to-10 years.
Despite assurances of funding from both the previous and current government, my view is that we need to take our destiny into our own hands and get on with it.
Welcome news will be the rebuild of Domain Road in Papamoa, which is a rough rural road without curb, channel or footpath on one side leading into what has become our largest suburb.
This project includes a signalised pedestrian crossing at the busy Doncaster Drive intersection. Girven Road is also in line for an upgrade after the twin overpasses on Maunganui Road are complete.
A notable difference in this 10-year budget compared with others is the allocation of $27m over the next three years to improving public transport, cycling and walking.
Included in the first three years are new and improved cycle lanes for Totara Street, Maunganui Road, Marine Parade and Blake Park at the Mount. Also, $1.5m is to be spent on bus priority lanes at traffic lights, while $5m will be spent on more bus shelters and new bus stations in the CBD and Hairini.
The new Bayfair bus station is already budgeted for.
Like every ten-year budget, it’s subject to final approval once we’ve consulted with you in March next year. I’d be surprised if everything makes the cut after that. Councils must match what our community wants with their ability to pay.