Mt Eden businesses angry over proposed bus lanes

Newstalk ZB Staff,
Leighton Smith Show,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 13 March 2018, 11:49a.m.
Auckland Transport proposals have locals up in arms. (Photo / NZ Herald)

There are claims by Mt Eden business owners that they've been misled by Auckland Transport over proposed bus lanes.

Around 150 residents and business owners attended a meeting last night in protest at plans to extend bus stops on Mt Eden Road, which they say will ruin the unique feel of the village.

Local businesswoman Diane Adams told Leighton Smith, says when the proposal was initially sent out to residents, the pamphlets included maps that were different to what Auckland Transport showed at its meetings.

When confronted about the variation, she claims an Auckland Transport spokesperson suggested the graphic artist had "cleaned up" the maps for the brochure.

"While cleaning up, they took our information. The information wasn't very clear anyway, and the cleaning up further diminished the impact of what was really going on."

David Seymour, the MP for Epsom, believes Auckland Transport's irritating more residents than transporting them.

Seymour says Auckland Transport needs to start respecting the views of the people they're trying to serve.

"Auckland Transport are so determined to get people places they actually destroy the destination."

Auckland Councillor Christine Fletcher says most of Mt Eden is being used as a gigantic car park.

"So people come in, it might be from Howick, it might be from Drury, and they park all around Mt Eden because it's a one stage fare for them to get the bus into town."




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