National Fast-Track “Gateway City” Rail Link

$4.2 billion will be invested into transport in and around Auckland over the next three years – but some say that the announcement should have come a long time ago.

Auckland’s city rail link will get a $2.5billion kickstart.

John Key says that the Government will work closely with Auckland City Council to bring forward a business plan and formalise Government funding for public transport in a bid to make Auckland the country’s most liveable city.

Construction of the city’s rail link will begin two years earlier than originally planned, starting in 2018.

The Labour Party have accused John Key of being slow to commit, saying a deal should have been signed with Auckland years ago. Labour also said that National’s lack of ambition has cost jobs and strangled businesses in Auckland, a city that Key claimed as “New Zealand’s gateway”.