Auckland v Wellington in transport funding dispute
Fri, 20 Jul 2012 9:50a.m.
By 3 News online staff
Once again Auckland is on a collision course with Wellington over the vexed issue of transport funding.
Auckland Council is looking at a variety of ways to raise the money it needs for projects such as the inner city rail loop, and a second harbour crossing.
Yesterday councillors voted to investigate a range of options, including charging motorists to use the city's roads.
Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee calls it ‘ridiculous’ – but former Auckland City mayor Christine Fletcher says ideas such as congestion charges will not work in New Zealand’s biggest city.
“If we really want to get these big projects like the harbour crossing, the rail loop, the cycleways, all of the many projects that constitute the Auckland plan, we’re going to have to be courageous and we’re going to have to be realistic and put all options on the table,” she told Firstline this morning.
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20/07/2012 1:26:44 p.m.
Get stuffed Auckland...bunch of lazy useless wringers...u think your so important....you want it-you pay for...howlybags
20/07/2012 12:11:51 p.m.
Why is there not a levy on new immigrants who choose to live in Auckland? Tourists also should be subject to a departure tax as a large number travel from this city.
Selling profitable assets is a nonsense when the rate of return is higher than the cost of borrowing.
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