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Aucklanders happy to pay road tolls: Survey

08:00 AEST Wed Jul 25 2012
By MSN NZ staff
Rush hour traffic in Auckland (Getty)
Rush hour traffic in Auckland (Getty)

A high percentage of Aucklanders are willing to shell out their cash to pay road tolls if the initiative reduced the city’s traffic congestion problems and improved public transport, according to a new survey released today.

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The Horizon Research study asked 1,000 Auckland residents whether they would prefer a fuel tax, car park charges, an international travel tax or a flat charge of two dollars for all vehicles entering the city centre.

The survey found that 46 per cent of the respondents were in favour of a road toll of some kind at peak traffic periods in the CBD.

"The survey clearly shows that people are fed up with congestion and are willing to pay to improve the situation, provided the solutions work," said NZCID chief executive Stephen Selwood.

"Pleasingly, attitudes to paying tolls were generally much more positive than one would have thought.”

Unsurprisingly, the survey also found that traffic congestion was a major issue raised by Auckland residents.

Auckland has a much maligned public transport system among residents, but problems hit the international spotlight during last year’s Rugby World Cup opening night where overcrowding on the city’s train network ground public transport to a halt.

Almost 54 per cent of those surveyed believe traffic congestion is getting worse, while 70.9 per cent believe it will get worse in the future with the city’s rising population.