With a population of 1.4 million people, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. Over the next 30 years, Auckland is expected to account for around 60 percent of New Zealand’s population growth and become home to an additional three quarters of a million people. Ensuring Auckland’s transport system is able to provide for growth of this magnitude is central to ensuring the city remains a great place to live, work and do business.
The Government and Auckland Council have agreed to work together to identify a preferred approach for developing Auckland’s transport system over the long term (the Auckland Transport Alignment Project) .
Auckland Metro Rail
Rail plays an important role in Auckland’s transport system, particularly in providing for travel to and from the CBD. Since Britomart (Auckland’s downtown station) opened in 2003, Auckland’s rail patronage has increased rapidly from 2.5 million trips per year to 13.9 million trips per year as at the end of June 2015.
Major projects and funding
The Government and Auckland Council together plan to invest over $4.2 billion in Auckland’s transport system over the next three years (2015/16 – 2017/18).
Major transport improvements currently underway across Auckland include key motorway projects accelerated through the Auckland Transport Package (external link) , improvements to the cycling network supported under the Urban Cycleways Programme, and the Western Ring Route and Puhoi to Wellsford Roads of National Significance (external link) .
The Government has also agreed to develop a joint business case with Auckland Council on the City Rail Link in 2017, and provide its share of funding for construction starting in 2020.
Managing Auckland’s transport network - including public transport - is the primary responsibility of Council-Controlled Organisation Auckland Transport.
The New Zealand Transport Agency (external link) is responsible for managing the State highway network, and plays a key role in many of the major infrastructure projects planned for Auckland.
Auckland International Airport (external link) is New Zealand’s primary international airport, projecting growth to more than 25 million passengers by 2025.
Auckland is also home to our largest importing port (external link) , handling more than 818,000 20-foot equivalent container units (TEU) per annum.