Why is this outcome important to Auckland?
To lead successful and enjoyable lives, it is vital that people can easily, safely and sustainably reach the things that matter most to them, such as work, school, friends, recreation and healthcare. To achieve this, we need efficient ways for people, goods and services to move within and across Auckland, throughout New Zealand and across the world.
For Auckland to be a truly accessible city, we also need to make sure that people of all ages and mobility levels can go about their daily lives and get from one place to another easily, affordably and safely.
Our transport system is key to making Auckland more accessible, and for us all to benefit from growth. While great improvements have been made over the past 20 years, historic under-investment, combined with rapid population growth, means we still face big challenges. People living in large parts of Auckland still don’t have many choices in the way they travel, while major chokepoints and bottlenecks remain on many main roads
A big increase in transport investment over the last two decades has mostly completed the motorway network and started to develop a rapid transit network. More recently, we have taken the first steps towards developing a safe cycling network.
An overall increase in transport funding from recent levels, made possible through the Regional Fuel Tax and Auckland receiving more funding from the National Land Transport Fund, will enable more rapid progress to be made in improving transport and access. Funding is to be prioritised by need rather than transport mode and the cost of projects is to be allocated fairly and consistently between central government, Auckland Council and the private sector.
Finally, it is important that our plans are flexible and can be adapted over time. The transport sector is seeing rapid change, especially from developing technologies. It is essential that the plans we make and the transport infrastructure we build be as adaptable to the future as possible.