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Aucklanders mull move over traffic woe: AA

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/05/2016

Getting stuck in traffic gridlocks is making Aucklanders so frustrated some are considering quitting the city altogether.

A survey of almost 1300 Automobile Association members in the city has found almost half of those surveyed have seriously considered changing where they live or work to avoid congestion.

Spokesman Barney Irvine says the survey results highlight the anxiety Auckland faces as its infrastructure struggles to keep pace with growth.

He said it was no surprise those surveyed considered congestion the top priority for the next mayor - above housing affordability.

"They're worried that their quality of life is being eroded, and they don't see anyone stepping up to address it."

A focused and sustained campaign against congestion was needed by both local and central government, such as a taskforce with targets Aucklanders could see and understand, he said.

More investment was also needed in park and ride stations.

"No other step could do more to break down barriers to public transport use.

"It's about making the system meet people's needs - particularly the 80-85 per cent who drive - not trying to make people change to meet the needs of the system."

He said while it was impossible to eradicate congestion, transport decision makers needed to do everything reasonable to minimise its impact.

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