Auckland mayor Wayne Brown has advocated spraying oil on unsealed streets and putting in “dynamic lanes” on most of the city’s arterial routes.

Brown, who is a capable civil engineer, presented a assortment of unsolicited engineering information to the full board of the council company Auckland Transport on Tuesday, in a rare and impromptu – probably the to start with-at any time – presentation by a mayor.

The mayor’s visual appeal, at his ask for, was ostensibly to speak for 5 minutes about his “Letter of Expectation”, despatched to the board in December outlining what the council would like it to target on.

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Having said that in what grew to become a 30-minute presentation, irrespective of mayoral team hoping to get him to his following appointment, Brown revisited lots of themes shut to his heart as an engineer and interior metropolis dweller. They incorporated:

  • AT should request information from Northland on how to build unsealed rural streets. “Oil sprays are a terrific way to cope with rural roads – we have allowed the environmentalists to say it’s a negative detail.”
  • Adjust traffic flows on arterial routes among the early morning and night peak. “In the morning everyone would like to appear to town. Make it one particular bus lane, auto-in, motor vehicle-out and a person lane for parking.
  • Make cycle lanes more cost-effective. Use large footpaths and “paint a strip” down the center. “I share a 1.2m wide footpath on Hopetoun Bridge with electric powered scooters, you really don’t need 3-4 metre-extensive cycleways.”
  • Do items more cost-effective. “Everything is in excess of-specc’d, around created, about protection, above every thing. This is not a prosperous nation any extra.”
  • Brown criticised the Whau Pathway coastal task in the west as in excess of-engineered, far too-vast and unnecessarily built in precast concrete. “Three-quarters” could be knocked-off the value by make it narrower and out of timber. “If the timber one moves up and down a tiny little bit in excess of the yrs in the mud, then what the hell?”

Auckland mayor Wayne Brown in a 30-minute presentation to Auckland Transport's board.

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Auckland mayor Wayne Brown in a 30-minute presentation to Auckland Transport’s board.

In reaction to the mayor telling AT’s board it should set up parking fines straight away, the chairman Wayne Donnelly pointed out that fines were set by the Ministry of Transport.

Brown available to enable – seemingly unaware the issues has been haggled over for years among nearby and central federal government, and is now bundled into a wider piece of coverage perform at the Ministry.

The mayor appeared to consider Auckland Transport was more down the highway of exploring his “dynamic lanes” suggestion than it seriously is.

AT advised Stuff a new dynamic lane may perhaps be trialled in “the up coming 12 or so months, if and the place ideal and feasible”.

“It is crucial to note that whilst very simple in idea, dynamic lanes are only correct beneath selected disorders, and can be difficult to employ,” stated AT in a statement.

The mayor considered dynamic lanes experienced the likely to “actually do a severe problem to Auckland Light Rail”.

A person of Brown’s questions to the board went unanswered. “Who’s on the board and doesn’t have a large traffic (truck) licence?” he asked. “Because you must have an HT licence if you are going to explain to people today how to generate a truck, and I have received all individuals,” he claimed.

Prior to, and soon just after his election in Oct, Brown had called for AT’s board to resign, and although its chairwoman did promptly and two other people adopted, the rest have remained, along with the addition of two councillor-administrators.