26 Jul 2013

Auckland mayor says don't write off road charges

10:12 am on 26 July 2013

The mayor of Auckland believes the Government may yet come around to supporting road charges in the city, to help raise transport funds.

Charging to use some existing roads is favoured by a mayoral task force which has looked at how to plug a $12 billion gap in paying for the city's 30-year transport plan.

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has rejected regional taxes or charges to use existing roads.

However mayor Len Brown says Finance Minister Bill English is comfortable about the city continuing to debate and explore road pricing.

Mr Brown takes heart from the fact that the Government came around to back the council's downtown rail tunnel project.