It’s nice to see the Herald agrees with me (for a change). They rate Joyce’s performance as a Minister 6 out of 10 – not because he isn’t an effective Minister – he clearly is. But because they think his policies ignore both the looming fuel crunch and the strong groundswell of support for public transport in Auckland among local government politicians and citizens.
The disjunct between central and local government policy on transport was particularly clear in Auckland’s Regional Land Transport Strategy which came out last Friday.
The new Regional Land Transport Strategy looks ahead 30 years. It has a strong resemblance to the Green Party’s transport plan for Auckland, recommending more investment in rail and dedicated busways out to South and West Auckland.
It also wants to give just 13% of Auckland’s transport budget to state highways over the next 30 years. In contrast, the national plan for Auckland allocates 53% of the total transport budget to state highways.
Clearly, something has to give soon to reconcile the gap between local and national aspirations for transport in Auckland. We’re working to encourage Steven Joyce to shift first…