Mayoral debate illustrates wide gap on public transport

Posted on August 3, 2010 by


Jim Anderton believes that light rail would bankrupt the city because central government has given indications it will not help pay for it. The cost, he says, would fall on rate payers. Anderton also confirmed that he would abandon plans for the CBD underground transport interchange and fund suburban interchanges instead.

Anderton made his claims during the Newtalk ZB radio debate yesterday.

Bob Parker reiterated his support for improving public transport, including looking at rail options and continuing to improve the bus system to help prevent the inevitable gridlock that would ensue without such investment. He also believed the underground transport interchange in the CBD was crucial to the overall plan.