Auckland's growth is forecast to create major challenges in getting around, especially commuting to and from work. For many people, work will be a long distance away from home, meaning long journeys.
Housing growth is expected to take place across Auckland, including in new greenfield areas on the urban periphery. At the same time, the ongoing evolution of Auckland's economy means job growth is expected to cluster in major centres.
What this means
Without major intervention, the way Auckland is expected to grow means many people (particularly 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.
Addressing this challenge will need to be an ongoing focus of transport and growth planning in Auckland.
What we can do about it
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
- increasing opportunities to walk and cycle as low-cost travel options, particularly in areas of high socioeconomic deprivation
- targeting investment in new
transport infrastructure to help ensure employment access improves over time.