City Rail Link delays are having a devastating impact on Albert St businesses, MP for Auckland Central Nikki Kaye says.
“Some businesses have closed and others are struggling to stay open. At a meeting today in Central Auckland, I briefed local Councillors on this issue alongside Heart of the City and some of the affected businesses.
“I have previously argued there needs to be some business disruption or financial hardship assistance available for these businesses.
“Originally the Mayor and Transport Minister Phil Twyford were very cool on the idea. I subsequently wrote multiple letters and arranged a number of meetings, and as a result the Minister has indicated he is seeking further advice and is open to ideas for solutions.
“It is my strong view this is a unique situation where the scale of the delays and their impact has been so significant that a small package should be developed for businesses. At the meeting Heart of the City presented information on a scheme that has operated in Sydney where there have been delays to projects.
“There are now reports that Auckland Council has sent a concept proposal to the Government which sounds positive. It is also great to see local Councillors coming on board to support the businesses. This puts a greater onus on the Mayor and the Minister, as shareholders of City Rail Link Limited, to resolve this.”