We keep Auckland moving with well-planned transport networks, good quality local roads and convenient, frequent public transport that more people use.
We deliver a comprehensive programme of safety improvements to reduce harm across the transport network.
Public transport services will be impacted by COVID-19 social distancing rules. More people working from home and concerns about COVID-19 will see fewer people using public transport. This will have significant impacts on transport revenue.
It is important that this essential service be maintained. Under all options there will be a drop in capital investment next year compared to current plans, with work focusing on projects that are already in progress.
In 2020/2021, we expect that public transport revenue will be $40 million lower than planned. This is assuming that NZTA top up 51 per cent of the gross revenue shortfall and there is a 4 per cent fare increase in February.
Parking and enforcement revenue is expected to be down by $33 million. This is with greater levels of enforcement to keep bus and transit lanes clear so that the network flows as efficiently as possible.
A reduction in fuel usage will mean that the Regional Fuel Tax revenue will drop by $20 million. This is additional to a $20 million drop in other Auckland Transport revenue lines.
Savings we need to make
Under the currently planned 3.5 per cent rates increase, a number of operational and capital investment savings will need to be made in the transport activities in 2020/2021.
Planned operational savings include:
- reduced staff costs, professional costs and contract staff, resulting in $20 million saving
- setting an additional savings target for Auckland Transport, resulting in $7 million saving
- some reductions in the number and frequency of public transport services, resulting in $10 million saving.
Construction of the City Rail Link will continue, capital investment in transport includes Auckland Council’s share of $395 million of funding for 2020/2021.
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the capital spend for transport in relation to the other key areas of spend.
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the operational spend for transport in relation to the other key areas of spend.
$700 million of capital investment will be delivered in 2020/2021 compared with $905 million previously planned. This level of investment will not allow us to support capital programmes undertaken by other agencies or developments in Auckland.
In addition, around $100 million of capital investment that did not proceed in 2019/2020 will now fall into 2020/2021 further reducing the level of investment in new projects.
The reductions in capital investment in 2020/2021 include:
Pausing or cancelling of safety improvements
- any further rollout of red-light cameras in urban areas
- the rural road delineation programme
- improvements to high risk intersection and pedestrian crossing improvements.
Pausing or deferring work on all walking and cycling projects not in construction
- Glen Innes to Tamaki Stage 4
- Point Chevalier to Herne Bay
- Waitematā Safe Routes programme
- Links to Glen Innes
- the Great North Road project.
Investment in electric buses and charging infrastructure
No further investment in electric buses and charging infrastructure is likely to be made in 2020/2021 other than three electric buses already on order.
Deferrals to multi-modal projects
This includes projects such as:
- Glenvar Road
- East Coast Road
- Lake Road
- Esmonde Road
- Lincoln Road.
This will mean delays in the ferry strategy development and implementation.
Roading maintenance costs
There will be increased roading maintenance costs in medium term as a result of deferred renewals.
Capital programmes by other agencies
This level of investment will not allow us to support capital programmes undertaken by other agencies or developments in Auckland.
If more money was available we would prioritise the originally planned safety and public transport projects.
Transport under a 2.5 per cent rates increase
Under a 2.5 per cent rates increase, a further $40 million of capital expenditure would need to be deferred as follows:
Deferral of transport growth and improvement programmes
There will be an additional $28 million deferral of transport growth and improvement programmes with delayed planning work for future walking and cycling projects and deferring delivery of any remaining local road sealing and local board programmes.
This would also include deferring investment in the Airport to Botany Mass Rapid Transport investigation works and slowing down work on the Mangere cycle route.
Reduction to Auckland Transport’s planned renewals
$12 million of further reductions in Auckland Transport’s planned renewals will lead to further implications for asset conditions, future maintenance requirements and deaths and serious injury reduction targets.
To achieve a 2.5 per cent average general rates increase we propose reviewing public transport fare structures and concession fares for next year.
This could mean temporarily removing some fare concessions and charging more for peak services compared to off-peak services. Some users may pay more on some services (in addition to currently planned fare changes) and total fare revenue will increase.
Park and ride charges
We also propose to increase revenue by introducing charges for some park and ride facilities. This will be done in conjunction with work on Auckland Transport’s parking strategy. It might result in some reduction in the use of public transport.
Road and footpath maintenance
If an average general rates increase less than 2.5 per cent is decided then we would need to make a temporary reduction in road and footpath maintenance, adversely affecting road and pedestrian safety.