Tuesday, 17th March, 2015

Planning to be ready to make a construction start on a new Harbour crossing within 10 years makes huge sense.

Welcoming news that NZTA has been asked to prepare a business case for another Waitemata Harbour Crossing, chairman of the Auckland Business Forum Michael Barnett pointed to a looming constraint of freight vehicle use of the existing bridge ‘clip-on‘ lanes.

Restrictions on heavy trucks using the clip-on lanes were expected by about 2020. “This will force trucks into the centre lanes and with Auckland’s population growth add to congestion on the bridge,” he warned.

“We need to be ready and give certainty that North Shore’s and Northland’s ‘economic lifeline’ infrastructure is able to meet demand.”

For more information contact Michael Barnett, mobile: 0275 631 150.
Michael Barnett, Chief Executive, Auckland Chamber of Commerce.

The Auckland Business Forum comprises Auckland’s major business and transport organisations including Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Employers & Manufacturers (Northern), Auckland Airport, Ports of Auckland, New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development, New Zealand Automobile Association (Auckland District), National Road Carriers Association, Civil Contractors New Zealand. Forum members are responsible for provision of about 400,000 jobs and generating a third of New Zealand’s GDP, including handling of about half the nation’s exports and imports through Ports of Auckland and Auckland Airport.