According to a document sent to us anonymously Auckland Transport are planing all sorts of ways to move its staff around. One in particular stood out.
The document says because:
· congestion delays can occur at any time on the road network
· public transport is too slow and infrequent
· senior executive time is so valuable
Only real solution is to be able to rise above all of this by AT leasing a corporate Helicopter!
The document goes on to mention additional advantages of this form of transport for selected team members and significant guests, as well as offering speed and efficiency:
- would enable an excellent overview of the city’s transport needs especially congestion issues and network constraints
And that the author expects the government would likely be supportive because of the ‘decongestion benefits of removing staff cars from roads’ and as ‘the time savings are impressive’. Also noting that the current Minister in particular loves rides in ‘this sort of vehicle’. And that a recent meeting with the Minister in Auckland had to be curtailed early because of uncertainty on how long it might take for the crown limo to get to the airport in rush-hour traffic. Such an investment would ‘give certainty to this sort of vital journey’.
- oversight of progress on the delivery of important projects
- excellent opportunity for hosting important stakeholders
- brands the organisation as a future focused transport innovator
Informal enquiries already suggest that NZTA would share both costs and use, proving again the efficiencies of having both organisations in the same building. However the document goes on to mention that it is a great shame that consideration of this wasn’t given when leasing city office space as the HSBC building, unlike the Council’s new office tower, doesn’t have a helipad on the roof, meaning that transfers will still have to be made to the Mechanics Bay Heliport for city operations. Even better would be for a Helipad to be added to Queens Wharf plans, suggests the idea be proposed as adding rescue and disaster resilience to the centre city.
No problem making space at the Henderson office for landing and support because of the large and low value staff car park there.
The author warns that Auckland MoT staff are likely to be jealous of this and that any announcement may also alert senior Council staff to the idea too [and their helipad], so it is important that the idea be kept under wraps until it is actioned. Suggests waiting until planned on-road staff shuttles are in place then implementing the Heli-Shuttle simply as a natural progression from these.
A sort of Super-Shuttle I guess.
Hot on the heels of the private shuttle service for Auckland Transport staff debacle comes news of plans for AT executives to have their own private helicopter service. This was revealed in a post by Transportblog.