Between 13 March and 10 April 2023, we sought feedback on options to help us develop a preferred route.
We asked questions about:
We received a fantastic response and have a much clearer picture of what is important to the community. Public support for the project remains very high, with 70% of people we heard from expressing support for the project, even among people who raised concerns about options we are considering in Māngere or Onehunga.
Dominion Junction and Kingsland
We received a range of ideas from people about station hubs in Dominion Junction and Kingsland to help make travel by light rail a convenient and enjoyable part of everyday life. People see hubs as destinations not just for travel but to shop, socialise and do business and want stations that are easy to access on foot or bike, and for those travelling from further afield by bus or other mode.
Feedback showed a strong preference for the light rail route alongside the SH20 motorway and the Onehunga Bay Lagoon, because it was seen to be simpler, more direct and less disruptive than an alignment through residential neighbourhoods.
Māngere Town Centre
We have also heard a strong desire for light rail to connect into Māngere Town Centre, with almost 80% of people supporting this route. People are excited for Māngere to be on the light rail network, providing a much needed, convenient way to connect to jobs and education, to go shopping, and for everyday activities.
We propose a light rail only route alongside SH20 and the edge of Onehunga Bay Lagoon. This is a shorter, more direct route reducing travel times and has less impact on local roads.
There was a strong community preference for a route following SH20 because people felt it will have the least disruption and impact on residential areas.
While this is our recommended option, the project’s sponsors – Auckland Council, the Crown and mana whenua – will determine the final route, based on detailed assessments and recommendations.
Auckland Light Rail is no longer considering a shared light rail and heavy rail route in Onehunga. KiwiRail’s plans are unaffected.
The proposed station near the motorway, separated from local streets means:
A station for the whole community
We heard from the community that a station in Māngere needs to be welcoming, safe and provide an accessible entry point to Māngere and great connections between the station and town centre.
Up to four light rail stations are proposed for the wider Māngere area – two between Onehunga and Māngere Town Centre, and one near the airport. This will give more locals easy access to light rail and a connection to the major employment centre by the airport.
In 2021 we asked for Aucklanders views on light rail. We used the feedback to create a summary of public engagement which was issued to the Government alongside the indicative business case and recommendations.
Many people we heard from support light rail (66% or 1,823 people), with people telling us they want Auckland to be a modern city, with more homes for everyone, walkable communities, and less reliance on cars.
Some people raised concerns about cost, gentrification in communities, construction disruption or environmental, cultural, civic and heritage impacts. Other people worry using light rail might not be affordable for everyone.
There will be opportunities to give feedback as planning work progresses including, for example, the design of stops or stations, route and community connections.