NZ congestion

NZ’s Green Party says more investment is needed in public transport to help reduce congestion in cities

November 11, 2013

Urgent investment in public transport is needed in major cities due to increasing congestion, according to New Zealand’s Green Party.

Transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter says the results of a recent survey undertaken by TomTom shows congestion is increasing in major cities and much of the congestion is on local roads.

"This report shows the urgent need to invest in public transport projects that will allow more people to commute without congestion and free up the roads," she says.

"The City Rail Link, for example, will carry the equivalent of 12 lanes of motorway traffic. Without it, congestion in Auckland will just get worse.

"If we build the CRL as soon as possible, as the Green Party proposes, it will give Aucklanders reliable choices to avoid congestion and take pressure off the roads."

Genter says the party back plans for congestion-free transport networks for Auckland and Wellington.

"The best use of the taxpayers’ money isn’t more motorways that lead to more congestion," she says.

"It’s smart investment in public transport, walking and cycling, which reduce the numbers of cars on the road, particularly at peak times, and make travelling quicker for everyone."

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