What does the proposed Long Term Plan mean for us?
Colin Andrews, North Shore Takapuna Residents and Ratepayers Association spokesman:
‘‘There’s a concern, especially from North Shore people, who wouldn’t benefit from the train system.
‘‘Most people are happy with the bus and ferry system on the North Shore.
‘‘Aucklanders are very attached to their cars, I think a lot will grin and bear it if the toll was forced on them.’’ Cameron Brewer, Orakei councillor:
‘‘We’re going into this without knowledge of the impact on arterial roads and suburban streets.
‘‘People will rat run to avoid tolls on certain trips ... there will be more time spent trying to get on the motorway.’’
Brewer says it will also cost about $100 million to set up the devices for road tolls.
‘‘I support the concept of user-pays but it does not reflect if you are heading to a $30,000 job or a $300,000 job. It’s a regressive form of taxation.’’ David Thornton, No More Rates founder:
‘‘Why should the Government let one council put a certain charge on parts of their motorway?
‘‘They would want [the money] for themselves.’’
Thornton says the right thing to do would be to wait until the Government gets on board and stumps up the cash.
‘‘Of the alternatives offered, most would support tolls. Nobody wants rate rises of 3.5 per cent.
‘‘But they don’t put the real question to ratepayers: Do you support us starting the City Rail Link without government funding?
‘‘They should provide a business case for the CRL.’’ Wayne Walker, Albany councillor:
‘‘People are already paying tax on distance now via fuel – it isn’t going to cope with electric vehicles.
‘‘The source of money from fuel taxes are going to drop with vehicle efficiency, the increase in electric vehicles and battery technology.
‘‘Most cities are moving away from roads which enables much more mobility.
‘‘We are just delaying the congestion problem.
‘‘We simply have to take more people out of cars and into ferries, buses, carpooling, etc. Calum Penrose, ManurewaPapakura councillor:
‘‘Since the 2010 amalgamation we have had a lot to get through and I think people are submissioned out. I would be happy if I could go from the Bombay Hills to the city in 30 minutes in peak time and pay $2 to do that.
‘‘I could waste much more in wear and tear and petrol sitting in traffic for over an hour.
‘‘We have a lot of trucks come from down south and for them to get in two trips a day means starting earlier and earlier.
‘‘We’re only talking about tolling during peak times.’’ Dr Sudhvir Singh, Generation Zero:
‘‘By prioritising only the essential transport projects in the Auckland Plan budget we will be able to save over $220 million a year over the next 10 years.
‘‘Both proposed transport budgets in the Long Term Plan fail to address the issues facing Auckland.
‘‘The Basic Plan Network doesn’t deliver the level of investment required to keep up with growth, and in the Auckland Plan Network there is still a large number of low value roading projects, designed in a vain effort to ‘solve’ traffic congestion.
‘‘If just widening roads was the answer to our congestion woes, we would have solved Auckland’s problems years ago.’’