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Auckland’s SkyPath bridge is looking like an expensive dog of the Kiwibuild variety designed to pander to woke JAFFAs. Last week Labour was forced to reveal that the benefit-cost-ratio for the bridge was 0.4 to 0.6 to one meaning that every taxpayer dollar spent on the bridge creates just 40c to 60c of value. Further, that those figures are predicated on there being no cost overruns and 2,700 cyclists using the bridge every day. Should any of those two figures prove rubbery then the bcr goes south.

Care to tell me of any major project coming in on budget … Transmission Gully +$196m with more to come; Auckland northern corridor improvement +$147m; Mt Messenger Bypass +$97m; Peka Peka to Otaki Expressway + $112m and that’s just for starters. And 2,700 cyclists on a cold wet windy day … give me (and them) strength.

And assuming those figures are kosher it works out that those hardy cyclists are getting a taxpayer subsidy of $41 per trip.

How to pay for it … easy. Cancel Northland’s Wellsford to Whangarei ‘economic’ highway extension; cancel the Whangarei to Marsden Point highway upgrade; cut the gummit’s contribution to the FNDC, Whangarei DC and Kaipara DC’s road maintenance and capital roading programmes.

Labour Party MPs Kelvin Davis, Willow-Jean Prime and Emily Henderson (who) are wasted spaces when it comes to sticking up for their constituencies.

Written by The Veteran

June 20, 2021 at 3:23 pm

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  1. Please use the preferred Te Reo appellation Vet – Te Ara Pae Moana

    I wonder what Te Reo for looney tunes is?


    June 20, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    • You could try Te Waiata Pokakahua for starters.


      June 20, 2021 at 7:13 pm

  2. Vet not sure about Kelvin Davis letting his constituents down. After all he is going `hard out’ to empty the prisons.


    June 20, 2021 at 5:32 pm

  3. A major reason for both Transmission Gully and the Otaki bypass coming in late is contract variations. For the latter, they had to add a cycleway. So that is cost blowouts because of political whims.
    A relevant figure for bridge traffic is the cycleway beside the NW motorway gets 800 riders a day. And that one is flat, not a steep exposed slope.

    Chris Morris

    June 20, 2021 at 6:05 pm

  4. Speaking of expensive white elephants… I see “The Huia” continues to attract about 30 passengers per service. Yeah, that $100m is taking less than 30 cars off the road per service.

    Bravo Labour. Yet another quality spend.

    John JohnO

    June 21, 2021 at 7:20 am

    • JJ – as expected.


      June 21, 2021 at 8:15 am

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