Your Local Voice - June 2020

Glenvar Road deferred again

I am mounting another campaign to get Auckland Transport and Auckland Council to put the Glenvar Road upgrade back on the agenda. #GreenLightGlenvar

The upgrade and realignment of Glenvar Road, and the signalising of the Glamorgan Drive intersection, is long overdue.

In recent years, the development at Long Bay has put enormous pressure on the road and made it even more dangerous. Our community came together in 2018 when we packed into the Long Bay Baptist Church to let Auckland Transport know this was a critical upgrade. Over 2,000 people signed a petition which Julia Parfitt and I presented to Auckland Transport’s Capital Review Committee.

We were all delighted when the project was given the green light and a priority rating in the Regional Land Transport Plan.

Initial design and consultation work got underway in 2019 and in late February this year I spent a morning with Auckland Transport on-site going over some of the

design flaws that residents had brought up with me. These flaws were fixed in a revised design and geotechnical work was underway just before the country was put into lockdown. After all the hard work to get this close, I was absolutely gutted to see the project deferred indefinitely in the Auckland Council Emergency Budget released on 29 May.

COVID-19 has significantly affected Auckland Council’s revenue. The Emergency Budget prepared in May makes cuts across all Council services including transport projects. Glenvar Road was named as one of four projects that will be indefinitely delayed.

I have heard stories from hundreds of motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and residents about accidents, near misses and traffic chaos. This upgrade has never been a nice-to-have project. It is an essential safety upgrade that has been put off for decades. Auckland Transport must reprioritise this project and have work underway in 2021 as they promised.

Once again, I need your help.