The Auckland Transport Alignment Project final report released today sets out a clear direction for the development of Auckland’s transport system over the next 30 years.
A joint project involving Auckland Council, the Ministry of Transport, Auckland Transport, the NZ Transport Agency, the Treasury and the State Services Commission, the final report has recommended an aligned strategic approach, including an indicative package of transport investment, for the next 30 years.
In his introduction to the report Transport Minister Simon Bridges says ATAP has identified the following priorities for additional funding over the next decade:
- New and upgraded roads to unlock land for housing in the northwest, the south and the north.
- The first phase of the Northwestern Busway from Westgate to Te Atatu to provide for growth, increased access into the city centre and help tackle congestion on the Northwestern Motorway.
- Motorway improvements to address congestion and provide for ongoing growth in the northwest, south and southwest.
- Upgraded access to Auckland Airport from the east to address congestion and improve journey reliability of bus services and safety for cyclists.
- Ongoing investment to improve Auckland’s rail network for both passengers and freight, including more electric trains and extending electrification to Pukekohe.