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Auckland's 30-year transport plan released

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/09/2016

A plan for the development of Auckland's transport system over the next 30 years has been revealed in a joint report released by the government and Auckland Council.

Finance Minister Bill English says it's the culmination of the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, which the government and the council have been working on over the past year.

He says $2.1 billion has been spent over the last 15 years, and development has kept pace with the city's growing population.

"However, Auckland's population is set to grow by 700,000 people in the next 30 years and our findings show congestion is set to get worse under current plans," Mr English said.

"It's essential we prioritise new and better infrastructure to deliver value for money and address these challenges."

The report says priority must be given for additional funding for:

* New and upgraded roads to unlock land for housing in the north-west, the south and the north

* The first phase of the north-western busway from Westgate to Te Atatu

* Motorway improvements to address congestion and provide for ongoing growth in the north-west, south and south-west

* Upgraded access to Auckland Airport from the east

* Ongoing investment to improve Auckland's rail network, including more electric trains and extending electrification to Pukekohe.

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