Funding to solve congestion key
While Auckland mayor Phil Goff won’t say which political party he favours, he can say what he hopes the new Government will do.
Goff said the biggest concern for Auckland was funding transport infrastructure.
‘‘We all know that we’ve got to spend, in the next 10 years, in Auckland, $27 billion on transport infrastructure, and that’s a huge challenge, because there’s still a $5.9 billion funding deficit to meet,’’ Goff said during a visit to the North Shore’s Kaipatiki Local Board. ‘‘Whichever party gets into Government, we have to work through how we fund our share of the cost of that infrastructure.’’
Goff said the council didn’t want to put the pressure on ratepayers, but wanted to work with the incoming Government around road pricing, whether through a regional fuel tax, tolling or congestion tax.
The mayor said he was excited a number of parties have recognised the need to invest in Auckland.
‘‘Gridlock in Auckland is costing us $2 billion a year. That $2 billion isn’t just a cost to us here, as Aucklanders, but to all of us as New Zealanders. ‘‘If this city gridlocks, it can’t deliver for New Zealand.’’
Goff said political parties were recognising having 800 more cars on the road each week was a problem that should have been addressed years ago.
Phil Goff wants the incoming Government to work with Auckland Council to fund transport infrastructure.