Auck­land’s new con­ges­tion is­sue

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - JAMES PASLEY

Pedes­trian con­ges­tion is cost­ing Auck­land nearly $200 mil­lion each year, a new re­port says.

A busi­ness case, which will be pre­sented to Auck­land Coun­cil later this month, called In­ves­ti­gat­ing the Eco­nomic Value of Walk­ing in the Auck­land City Cen­tre, es­ti­mated the cost of walk­ing de­lays ev­ery year for Auck­land was $186m. For the first time since the 1950s there were more peo­ple com­mut­ing to the city cen­tre by pub­lic trans­port, walk­ing and cy­cling than driv­ing, the coun­cil re­port said. High St had 13 times as many pedes­tri­ans as ve­hi­cles all day and Queen St had four times as many. The city cen­tre’s res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion had dou­bled to 50,000 over the last 10 years and the num­ber of pedes­tri­ans on Queen St had dou­bled since 2012, the re­port said. Auck­land Coun­cil’s city cen­tre de­sign man­ager Tim Fitz­patrick said the busi­ness case put a mon­e­tary value on peo­ple’s loss of pro­duc­tiv­ity as they waited at street cor­ners or traf­fic lights, Fitz­patrick said.

In March NZTA and Auck­land Trans­port (AT) said there would be a staged tran­si­tion from bus to light rail tran­sit to the city cen­tre.

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