Auckland's growth is forecast to create major challenges in getting to and from work. For many people, work will be a long distance away from home, meaning a long commute.
Housing growth is likely to spread significantly into new greenfield areas on the periphery of urban Auckland. At the same time, changes in Auckland's economy means job growth is likely to cluster in major centres.
What this means
Despite Auckland's projected overall population and employment growth over the next 30 years, many Aucklanders, especially those in the south and the west, may need to travel further to reach their jobs.
This will put additional pressure on our transport networks and ultimately limit or reduce the number of jobs that can be reached within a reasonable commute time.
Improving access to employment is a key way of improving prosperity and lifting people out of poverty. So it is particularly concerning that the areas facing the greatest challenges in accessing employment are also some of the most economically deprived communities in Auckland.
What we can do about it
To address this challenge we need to focus on both improving the transport system and shaping the way Auckland grows. This includes:
- encouraging much stronger business growth and employment opportunities around Albany, Westgate and Manukau, so that people have more options to work or study close to where they live
- encouraging substantial housing growth in inner areas and along main transport routes
- making better use of existing transport networks, which includes increasing the share of travel by walking, cycling and public transport
- targeting investment in new transport infrastructure to address access issues.