Western Leader : February 16th 2012
www.westernleader.co.nz 9 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 16, 2012 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less Normal Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday 7.30am -- 6.30pm WL16/2 Henderson 313 Lincoln Rd New Lynn Margan Ave 116 Hobsonville Rd Hobsonville (Hobsonville Hours 7am-7pm 7 days) Pioneer Plaza Henderson All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Sweetcorn $1.99of 4 Royal Gala Apples $2.99bag Fresh Round Beans $1.99bag Round Eggplant $1.99ea bag Pukekohe Agria Potatoes $9.99bag Green Seedless Grapes $5.99kg Courgettes $1.89bag 1.5kg AUS USA Californian Navel Oranges $1.99kg 300g 700g 10kg More to use rail after upgrade Len Brown ' Auckland has focused for 50 years on motorways and let public transport fall flat. ' Len Brown Auckland mayor Mayor Len Brown expects the use of west Auckland s rail- way to go up by 50 percent once the system is electrified in the coming months. He made the comment at last week s Whau Local Board meeting which was also attended by deputy mayor Penny Hulse and councillor Noelene Raffills. The Auckland rail system is being electrified and the Onehunga line is the first to be upgraded. Mr Brown emphasised the need to improve the city s public transport system. Auckland has focused for 50 years on motorways and let public transport fall flat. Whau deputy chairman Duncan MacDonald agrees that rail improvements will see more people in the area using public transport and link the city s regions. There used to be a big gap between central and west, he says. But I can now get to Hen- derson in 10 minutes when it can sometimes take three times longer to drive, he says. And to see how quiet elec- trified rail is in Australia means the rail service will become a lot better. Mr MacDonald says Auck- land needs to get more cars off the road especially with increased traffic around New Lynn and Avondale. Around Wolverton St and Blockhouse Bay Rd it is jam- packed and creating a bit of chaos. The suburban streets there are starting to act a bit like motorways, Mr Mac- Donald says. Mr Brown says there is a funding gap for the expected $10-15 billion cost to improve transport but doesn t want it to be at the full expense of the ratepayer. He says there will be com- munity discussions in the next few months on what options to take. The options will be stark but we either do this now or postpone the work to the next generation, Mr Brown says. Campaign for Better Transport member Graham Easte says the options open to local government could be bed taxes for hotels, small petrol taxes or a tolling sys- tem. But in the next 10 years there will be $37.5 billion allocated for transport by central government, Mr Brown says. My belief is since Auck- land provides one-third of that money we should expect one-third is spent in Auck- land. And a majority of Auck- landers would accept that there is a need for better pub- lic transport, Mr Brown says.
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