1 Aug 2010

Auckland mayoral candidate backs harbour tunnels

10:53 am on 1 August 2010

Auckland super-city mayoral candidate Andrew Williams wants four road and rail tunnels under the Waitemata Harbour completed in 12 years.

In a policy statement released on Sunday, Mr Williams says the tunnels to the North Shore should be funded by the private sector.

A study of harbour crossing options two years ago priced the idea at up to $5 billion.

Mr Williams, the North Shore City mayor, is also promising a $2 flat fare for students on public transport, aimed at getting more commuters out of cars.

He would like a section of Quay Street in Auckland's CBD to be put underground so a pedestrian zone can be created, linking the downtown area to the waterfront.

Mr Williams is pledging economic growth targets will be set for the Auckland region.