30 July 2001
Transfund decision acknowledges importance of the Britomart project
Mayor of Auckland City, Chris Fletcher and Auckland Regional Council chairman Phil Warren have welcomed the decision of
transport funding agency Transfund to grant $20 million towards the Britomart project.
Mrs Fletcher said, “The decision is an important milestone in the realisation of the project recognising the pivotal
role of Britomart in the regions transport network and future.”
“We have an unprecedented level of regional support to get on with this important project which has the potential to be
the catalyst for a quantum improvement in transportation,” said Chris Fletcher
ARC chairman Phil Warren says, “The decision is most welcome and represents acknowledgment by a key government funding
agency of the project’s importance.”
“Britomart is imperative for the region as a whole. For too long the region has been subject to divide and rule, however
on this project we are united as it is the number one priority in our regional transport strategy,” said Mr Warren.
The Transfund board have effectively contributed a $10 million capital grant to the project and a further $10 million
for patronage which is subject to an agreement between Auckland City and the Regional Council.
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Mr Warren has indicated that he will be recommending to the Auckland Regional Council that the total $20million be
allocated to the construction of the Britomart transport interchange.
He said, the Transfund decision has put the ARC in a difficult position as a result of Government policy that constrains
Transfund’s ability to contribute to both capital and operating costs, and welcomes Auckland City’s support to change
Mrs Fletcher said, “Our focus is now on the funding gap of $46 million to make the revised $199 million project a
reality. Auckland City and the region are united in their expectation that Infrastructure Auckland will bridge the gap.”
“This is a unique and courageous decision from Transfund that recognises the importance of Britomart to alleviate
congestion and benefit both road and passenger transport users.
“As an essential and urgently needed part of Auckland’s transport infrastructure we are thankful for this decision and
hope that as a region we can continue to make courageous decisions to move forward,” said Chris Fletcher.