Auckland transport debate this month

A debate on Auckland’s transport will be held in August so public can find out party policies

Transport will be at the forefront of a debate to be held in Auckland later this month with major political party representatives confirmed to attend.

The meeting will be a chance for the public to find out from each party in the coming general election what they are promising to do for Auckland's transport problems and options.

Confirmed speakers include Phil Twyford, Labour, Julie Anne Genter, Greens, Denis O'Rourke, NZ First, and David Seymour, ACT.

The event is being held by Campaign for Better Transport, in association with TransportBlog and Generation Zero.

Convenor of the Campaign for Better Transport Cameron Pitches is hoping for some solid transport policy for Auckland from each of the parties attending.

"We've outlined a number of areas that we expect each speaker to cover," he says.

"These include their party's positions on the timing of the City Rail Link, and how transport projects across the different modes should be prioritised and funded in Auckland."

Current Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee is unable to attend due to prior diary commitments but organisers are hopeful that National will be able to put forward an alternative spokesperson.

"Nationwide, more than $2.5bn is collected in fuel and road taxes every year, and these taxes are increasing year on year," says Pitches.

"The public needs assurance that the Government after the 20th September will be spending our tax dollars on the right projects."

Auckland's Transport Election Debate will be held on August 27.

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