Friday, March 17, 2006

Government Proposal to Charge Auckland Harbour Bridge Tolls of $6

A Government paper launched today by Transport Minister Parker and Finance Minister Cullen recommends 5 proposals to ease Auckland congestion:

Among the ideas promoted:

A harbour bridge toll of $6
A congestion charge to enter an Ithsmus cordon $3
A CBD charge $5
A charge on public and private parks in the city $10

So why is Auckland singled out for special treatment?

This is iniquitous - seriously so.

Why or how has Winstone Peters scored a new, additional bridge in Tauranga at no additional cost to users. Buy off that's how.

What about the overbuilt (in relative terms) highway system in the South Island - deserted /unused highway for miles. Taxpayer provided.

Will the government devote the funds needed to actually make a viable rail passenger system in Auckland. It is starving it of capital.

1 comment:

Gary said...

"What about the overbuilt (in relative terms) highway system in the South Island - deserted /unused highway for miles. Taxpayer provided."

Actually, there is a few of us down here who do use the roads, and they are not deserted for miles (not often, anyway!)

There may be a bit of an answer in comparing rates - the average ratepayer in our district pays about $350 in rates just for roading. Auckland ratepayers pay a fraction of that. Why is there problems with Auckland roads? Under-investment!

Too many successive councils have put the issue in the too-hard basket and the problem only ever gets harder. Deal with it now and stop grizzling. Please.