The biggest failure of the job: zero meters of light rail

Five years after promising to build light rail in Auckland by 2021, the Labor Party has failed to deliver even a meter of track, National Transport spokesman Simeon Brown has said. .

“Labour’s flagship election promise in 2017 was to build light rail from Mt Roskill to Auckland CBD by 2021.

“But after five years of failure, all Transport Minister Michael Wood has to show is a circus of task forces, millions spent on consultants and a broken promise.

“So far, $66 million has been spent on light rail, and two-thirds of that has made the consultants even richer. It’s a light rail for consultants, paid for by the taxpayer.

“A year after it was due to be completed, not a penny has been spent on construction.

“Despite the complete lack of delivery, Labor insists on going ahead and wasting up to $29.2 billion on this vain scheme because it cannot abandon one of the Prime Minister’s key election promises. minister in 2017.

“We are now a long way from the estimated $6 billion for light rail in 2018 when the NZ Super Fund proposed to build it, but I bet that project will never see the light of day.

“Other honorable mentions in Labour’s five years of transport failure are the $51m spent on the cancellation of the Auckland Cycle Bridge, the drop in NZTA deliveries despite tripling its staff from communication at 97, the potholes plaguing New Zealand’s roads and families grappling with added costs imposed by Auckland’s car tax and regional fuel tax during a fuel cost crisis life.

“Minister Wood will have to go to the 2023 election after failing to deliver on Labour’s biggest transport promise in 2017.

“National will scrap Auckland’s light rail for its huge waste of time and money.”

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