19 Feb 2016

Few options for Auckland transport - report

1:05 pm on 19 February 2016

New transport solutions for Auckland will be hard to find, with few remaining routes for new motorways or rail lines, according to a report.

An Auckland Transport train passes by Mt Eden prison

An Auckland Transport train through Mt Eden. Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The so-called [http://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/EN/planspoliciesprojects/CouncilProjects/Pages/aucklandtransportalignmentproject.aspx

Foundation Report] heralds closer cooperation between the government and Auckland Council over the next 30 years.

In that time, Auckland's population is expected to grow by up to one million, but technology changes will make it hard to forecast future demand.

With the upcoming completion of the Western Ring motorway route, there would be few remaining corridors free, the report said.

Auckland Transport Alignment Project, a joint effort between the council and government agencies, is expected to produce an agreed list of projects this year, then begin talks on new ways of funding them.