Easing Auckland's traffic congestion
Every year Auckland commuters spend 20 working days stuck in traffic. On top of the huge frustration that causes, traffic congestion is estimated to cost up to $2 billion a year in lost productivity.
With population growth expected to add an additional million residents to our city over the next 30 years, improved public transport options providing efficient, convenient and reliable alternatives are needed to stop congestion from turning to gridlock.
Given the rate of growth, trying to build our way out of congestion with roads alone will not work. It's important that transport networks are available to serve new housing developments across the region in the next decade.
As intensification occurs, it needs to be focused on arterial routes, transport hubs and town centres with multiple transport options.
A transport system that works
In April 2018, Auckland Council and the Government confirmed the Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP): the largest ever transport infrastructure investment package in Auckland’s history, representing $28 billion over 10 years.
The ATAP investment and other council and government projects will unlock Auckland by significantly increasing the provision of public transport across the region, including heavy and light rail, dedicated busways and other bus improvements, and more walkways and cycleways.
Projects funded in ATAP include:
- City Rail Link
- Eastern Busway
- Northern Busway extension to Albany
- Airport-Puhinui state highway upgrade, $60m Puhinui interchange and bus priority improvements
- Additional electric trains
- Enhanced walking and cycling, bus priority and network optimisation
- Ferry improvements
- Pukekohe electrification
- Third main Westfield-Wiri
- Manukau-Papakura motorway widening
- Significant safety programme.
As Auckland’s mayor, I will continue to push for central government to contribute more to the costs of new infrastructure to help make Auckland the world-class city it can be and needs to be for New Zealand to succeed.