Sunday, September 11, 2011

60,000 tried to use Auckland trains last Friday - a lesson for Steven Joyce

One of the main arguments Steven Joyce made against the planned new Auckland underground rail loop last June was that he believes only 6,000 more people than now will travel by train to/from central Auckland in 30 years time; the Auckland City Council estimate is 20,000.

Well, it seems that even a 20,000 increase is a conservative figure, judging by the fact that 60,000 people tried to travel by train to the events at the Viaduct Basin and Eden Park last Friday evening -- 30,000 more than official "experts" estimated.  Even one of Steven Joyce's mates in Cabinet, Murray McCully, said that Auckland's Public Transport is "not up to scratch". If it's bad now then under Steven Joyce the future looks bleak.

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