• transport will be an issue in New Zealand election

  • Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.
Discussion about railroad topics everywhere outside of North America.

Moderators: Komachi, David Benton

  by David Benton
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_i ... D=10338401

Interesting here , that the Nz herald ( known as a conserative newspaper ) interprets voters as wanting more roads , yet in the last local body election , people voted overwhelmingly for candiates supporting public transport over roads .
It will be interesting to see what tact the 2 major parties take to woo voters . It will be also interesting to see if the green party can turn support for public transport into votes for them . they are currently polling 5 -7 % ( 5% is the threshold to get into parliament ) , an issue like this could easily pick them up another 5 % support .
  by David Benton
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_i ... D=10338550

Interesting , the government (labour party ) , originally introduced the $ 500 million as money earmarked for road improvements .
diverting it to rail is abit risky for them coming up to a election . s o it shows they think there is substantial support for public transport .

  by David Benton
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_i ... D=10339262

it seems the electrification of the auckland rail network will go ahead , but nobody wants to make it an election issue .
if labour stays in , then it would go ahead , if National gets in , it will probably be put off in favour of more roads
  by David Benton
the green party relased thier auckland transport plan for the election campaign today .
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_i ... D=10339726

Its a well thought out plan , and should win them a few votes hopefully .
If they get more than 5 % of the vote , it is likely they will be in a coalition with labour to run the government .

  by David Benton
the main opposition party , the national party , transport spokeperson responds to the greens transport plan for Auckland . No real plan of thier own ( unless you call more roads a plan ) , just criticisim .
at least Aucklanders concerned about transport , ( and it is a major issue in that city ) , have a clear idea of what both sides are proposing .
  by David Benton
heres an article , more about tax , but in which the greens co leader pushes using rail for frieght , he does not mention passenger in this instance .
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_i ... D=10342155

It looks like the greens will be a coalition partner in a labour led government , so something may actually come from this .
  by David Benton
well , transport is becoming something of an issue , with labour coming out in favour of a more public transport plan , something which will go down will with proable coalition partner , the greens .
http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/dominionpo ... 00,00.html