Cullen lashes Auckland light rail

Sir Michael Cullen writes:

This would be far preferable to some of the current proposals, which have something of the air of monument-building about them.

The enormous cost and disruption of the proposed single-line light-rail project in Auckland is airily dismissed by its more enthusiastic supporters as of little consequence.

It seems they arrived at the solution well before properly analysing the problem.

A solution looking for a problem!

Buses, preferably electrified, will be the backbone of Auckland’s public transport network for the future.

It is not clear what a $10 billion-plus tram line will add to that.

The same applies in Wellington. A spend on buses will do far more to relieve congestion and improve public transport usage, than on light rail. But light rail is a religion to the converts and they ignore what is best.

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