Planned investment in the transport network, such as the construction of the City Rail Link, will help to address these issues as it will decrease travel time, particularly from the western urban area.
The design of infrastructure assets and levels of service needs to be appropriate for different locations, particularly between rural and urban areas.
Using emerging technologies
Emerging technologies will improve the performance of existing infrastructure networks and defer the need for some future investments.
The ability to collect and analyse data on a large scale will improve understanding of how individuals and households use infrastructure systems; this will in turn allow for more targeted investment.
For example, advancements in transport technology such as autonomous vehicles and
real-time road user pricing, are expected to increase the capacity of existing roads.
The current rollout of smart water meters across the urban drinking water network is starting to provide insights into user behaviour and will enable real-time customer feedback on individual use.
A supportive regulatory environment will be necessary to realise the benefits of new technology.
Creating resilient infrastructure networks
Auckland's infrastructure needs to be able to:
- cope with disruptive events (such as natural disasters and human error)
- respond to on-going stresses (such as climate change)
- meet the evolving needs of Aucklanders.
Understanding the consequences and likelihood of failure, as well as the changing demands on our infrastructure systems, allows us to better manage risks to these networks.
Failure of Auckland's
critical infrastructure networks poses significant risks, as they are essential for Auckland to function.