Auckland’s new congestion issue
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.