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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 1: Make better use of existing transport networks, including a greater focus on influencing travel demand

Adding new roads to Auckland's transport network or widening existing ones is increasingly expensive and difficult. While investment in new infrastructure is required, existing transport corridors will need to accommodate much of the increase in travel as Auckland's population grows.

Making the best use of our existing roads, rail, footpaths, cycle ways, ferries, ports and airports is therefore essential.

​To ensure we can easily and quickly get to where we want to go, we need to change the demand we put on the transport system.

This means we need to balance our need to travel with the capacity of the transport system and reallocate street space to the most efficient uses.

It is likely there will always be some level of congestion at times of peak demand, however to limit the increase in congestion we need to encourage:

  • use of public transport
  • walking and cycling
  • an increase in the number of people travelling in each vehicle
  • taking non-essential trips outside peak times.

To truly make progress we need to move away from the current 'flat-rate' way of charging people to use the transport system – through fuel taxes, road user charges etc.– to a system that varies the charge according to the time and location of each journey.

Before implementing this change, central government and Auckland Council will need to fully understand what effect this will have on people's travel costs so that issues of equity and affordability are understood and addressed.

How this can be done

We will make better use of existing networks by:

  • identifying key routes for the movement of people, goods and services around Auckland and ensuring they operate as efficiently as possible