What does the pro­posed Long Term Plan mean for us?

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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