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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Implementing the Transport and Access outcome

Implementation partners

The Waka Kotahi, Auckland Transport and KiwiRail are the main planning and delivery agencies that will develop and improve the Auckland transport network to achieve the Auckland Plan 2050.

Auckland Airport and the Auckland ports provide key connections between Auckland and the rest of the world.

The future of the sea port on the city centre's waterfront is being considered. Any future change in location is likely to fall outside the timeframe of this plan; if any concrete decisions are made they will be reflected in the plan.

Advocacy groups play important roles in influencing how Aucklanders and businesses make transport choices.

Auckland Council will develop an implementation approach for this outcome working alongside our key partners and stakeholders. This will be built on existing programmes and ensure all new elements introduced in Auckland Plan 2050 are planned for.

Mechanisms used to work together

Joint planning and prioritisation processes are crucial to provide the best transport solutions to support Auckland's growth.

Auckland Council and central government reached broad agreement on a long term strategic approach to developing Auckland's transport system through the Auckland Transport Alignment Project.

The agreed approach is converted into action through the three-yearly Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP), which sets out the optimal timing and sequencing of projects given available funding.

Reliance on traditional funding tools is becoming increasingly inadequate to meet Auckland's transport investment needs.

Continued efforts will be needed to assess options for increasing transport funding and how to spread these costs across central and local government, users and non-users, in a fair and equitable way.

Supporting strategies and plans

Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP)

ATAP is a strategic exercise to align the transport priorities of central government and Auckland Council. In 2021, ATAP was updated to include considerations for climate change, mode shift, spatial priorities and the Covid-19 economic shock. The package also reflects a continuation of the ATAP 2018 investment priorities place a greater weight on public transport (especially rapid transit), walking and cycling, improving safety, and realising environmental, health and growth outcomes.

Visit the ATAP website for more information.

Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP)

This is a plan to respond to growth and the other challenges facing Auckland. The Government Policy Statement on transport and the Auckland Plan 2050 set the strategic direction for the RLTP. Funding for the RLTP is provided through the Auckland Council's Long-term Plan, the National Land Transport Programme and through other central government budgets.

Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan

This is the Auckland’s roadmap to a zero-emissions, resilient and healthier region that is better connected to our environment and able to thrive in the face of ongoing change and disruption. On-road emissions are 35.8% of total Auckland regional greenhouse gas emissions. The plan identifies transport as one of eight priority action areas to deliver the plan’s goals. See Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri: Auckland's Climate Plan for more information.

Transport safety strategies

Visit the Road to Zero to read about the government's current strategy to guide improvements in road safety.

In 2019 Auckland Transport adopted Vision Zero for Tāmaki Makaurau which is a new transport safety vision that states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our transport system by 2050. Read more about Vision Zero for Tāmaki Makaurau.

Auckland Transport has a number of initiatives to support safer communities, particularly partnerships with national agencies on improving road safety and reducing the number of people killed or injured on Auckland's roads. Read about these initiatives on the Auckland Transport website.

The Congestion Question

Similar to ATAP, the Congestion Question is a joint project involving the Auckland Council, Waka Kotahi New Zealand , Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Treasury and the State Services Commission.

The project is investigating different pricing options and test whether these could improve congestion results, taking into account the impact of these options on affected households and businesses.

Visit the Congestion Question website for more information.

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