AA wel­comes Auck­land trans­port strat­egy

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The Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of an up­dated trans­port strat­egy for Auck­land, but says that the key ques­tion is still to be an­swered: what will it do for con­ges­tion? AA spokesman Bar­ney Irvine says the project list is ex­cit­ing, and re­flects an un­der­stand­ing on the part of the Govern­ment and Auck­land Coun­cil that deal­ing with Auck­land’s trans­port chal­lenges re­quires ac­tion on all fronts. But at the end of the day, the plan should be judged on the trans­port ben­e­fits it will de­liver. “The num­ber-one trans­port con­cern for Auck­lan­ders is con­ges­tion, but the plan pro­vides hardly any de­tail on con­ges­tion out­comes. We still don’t have any in­for­ma­tion about what ben­e­fit – if any – we’ll see in terms of travel times and the cost of con­ges­tion. Auck­lan­ders are fac­ing a dou­ble­whammy of a na­tional fuel tax hike and an Auck­land re­gional fuel tax to help pay for this, and in re­turn they ex­pect to see real progress on de­con­ges­tion.”

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