Despite the election the Faye, Don and I continue our work on the Board. This mainly involves progressing our SLIPs projects and, for me as transport spokesperson on the Board, working with Auckland Transport (AT) to keep delivering better roads, and footpaths.
The results can be seen around the island as we get ready for our busy summer visitor season.
Most of you will have seen roadworks happening all around the island in the last few weeks. This is part of a cost effective road maintenance system being delivered by the AT team responsible for Central Auckland, including Waiheke, that saves tens of thousands of ratepayer dollars. Instead of the piecemeal approach we’ve had in the past AT now bring over the heavy and specialist equipment needed to do all the maintenance jobs in one hit with the best engineering solutions. The Board has asked them to complete the work before the tourist season gets underway at Labour weekend so we experience the least disruption. For minor inconvenience we get a great result throughout the island.
At the same time our SLIPs projects are being progressed with a new concrete bus pad installed in Ostend Rd. This will make getting on and off much safer opposite the store. More good news on the bus front is that Fullers have agreed to covert all the fleet to ‘kneeling’ buses in the next few months following requests from Faye, Don and I. As a BeAccessible Board we’re committed to making access easier for people of all ages and several projects will result from our recent BeAccessible audit.