The Transport and Infrastructure Committee is holding an inquiry into whether congestion pricing should be introduced in Auckland. The introduction of a city centre cordon has been identified as the likely first place for congestion charging to be introduced.
We are making a submission, and this will highlight key issues that we believe need to be considered during the next steps of the policy process. These include:
Consider risks of all options causing distortionary effects on the location of residents, business and jobs, including potentially undermining the utilisation and optimisation of current public investment in the city centre, particularly the CRL;
Update transport modelling projections and benefit-cost assessments in light of post-COVID travel demand patterns, 2018 Census results, and the final RLTP (which will indicate planned improvements in transport infrastructure and services across Auckland). It will be important to understand the proportion of the region that will have reliable access to the city centre by public transport at the time the CRL is complete;
Take account of impacts on households’ affordability of the RFT co-existing with congestion charges in considering a phased option approach;
Be clear about the benefits of a city centre cordon option for travel time savings for motorists before they enter the city centre rather than just while they are inside it;
The Select Committee Inquiry will inform next steps on congestion pricing in Auckland. The timeframe for final recommendations from the Inquiry is yet to be confirmed.
To read more about the Select Committee inquiry and make a submission, visit Parliament’s website here. The closing date for submissions is midnight on 20 May 2021.
If you'd like to discuss this with us, please contact Tania Loveridge: firstname.lastname@example.org or (09) 379 8000