We know that being able to get from A to B safely and efficiently is vital for a city, its economy and its residents. However, after a decade of under-investment by National, Aucklanders are battling congested roads and a transport system that’s facing unrelenting strain.
We want to get Auckland moving again.
This week, our Government and Auckland Council announced an ambitious plan to help transform Auckland’s transport network. The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) will create a reliable 21st century transport network to help our largest city get to where it needs to be.
Investing now and for our future
Over the next three decades, a million more people will call Auckland home. We need to plan for this population growth, ensuring the city’s networks remain viable for the next generation, while also easing congestion today.
To do this, we’re taking a more balanced approach to transport. ATAP will improve essential roading links, including upgrading the northern motorway and the Airport-Puhinui State Highway, but it will also boost alternatives like rail, ferries, bus and cycle lanes. This will help free up our roads while also providing more choice for residents – because a global city can’t just keep adding more cars to the roads.
Auckland contributes its fair share
The package is fully funded and Regional New Zealand will not pay the costs of Auckland’s growth. We’ll invest $28 billion over the next decade to unlock Auckland’s potential and build a reliable, modern transport network. These much-needed investments will be made possible by a $4.4 billion funding boost from the Auckland regional fuel tax, as well as increased revenue from the National Land Transport Fund and Crown Infrastructure Partners contributions. The entire package does not require more National Land Transport Funding over and above 38%, which roughly corresponds to Auckland's population and takes into account that nearly 55% of New Zealand’s growth will be in Auckland.
National’s 2017 plan for Auckland had a $5.9 billion funding gap, meaning the projects they promised couldn’t have been delivered.
What does it include?
ATAP major investments include:
- Committed projects like the City Rail Link and northern motorway improvements.
- Light rail
- Eastern busway (Panmure-Botany)
- Airport-Puhinui State highway upgrade, including a high quality public transport link to an upgraded Puhinui rail station
- Bus priority programme, to more rapidly grow Auckland’s bus lane network and support faster, more reliable and more efficient bus services
- Albany-Silverdale bus improvements
- Lower cost East West Link to address key freight issues in the area
- Papakura-Drury motorway widening
- First phase of the Mill Road corridor
- Penlink (tolled)
- Walking and cycling programme to expand the network and complete key connections (e.g. SkyPath)
- Significant programme of safety improvements
- New transport infrastructure to enable greenfield growth
- Network optimisation and technology programme to make the best use of our existing network
- Rail network improvements including electrification to Pukekohe, additional trains and other track upgrades
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