MP calls for more public transport
Aucklanders who live the greatest distance from the city centre are the most reliant on their cars.
Figures released by the Green Party show the percentage of people who drive to work is highest in outlying areas.
Green MP Keith Locke says the results show better public transport is needed in the suburbs.
“Overall the map shows that in areas with good public transport the dependence on cars drops away dramatically,” he says.
“We need to make sure we offer people more affordable public transport to give everyone a choice of how they get to work.”
Onehunga and Hillsborough residents are the most car-dependent in Auckland city, with two-thirds of commuters driving to work.
Residents in Ponsonby, Mt Eden, Grey Lynn, Freemans Bay and Newton are among the least reliant on cars, with more than half using alternative transport.
In Auckland Central only one in five people use their car to get to work. Across the Auckland region, the highest driving rates were in the outlying suburbs of Totara Heights, Golflands, Point View and Dannemora.
The figures were taken from 2006 census results, and Mr Locke says he expects public transport use to have increased in some areas. He expects more people will choose to live closer to work or public transport routes as petrol prices rise.
Auckland Regional Council chairman Mike Lee says the council is working on providing better public transport links.
He says services for southern Auckland city will improve when the Onehunga branch line reopens to passenger services in December 2009. The council has also reopened rail links to Helensville, Kumeu and Huapai.
“We’re confident more and more people will be leaving their cars behind,” Mr Lee says.
Car city: Green MP Keith Locke says better public transport in Auckland’s outlying suburbs would help get more commuters out of their cars.