Despite transport projects being delivered by the council and the government, Auckland’s traffic woes still seem to be worsening every year. This can be attributed to the city’s growing population and the increasing number of car registrations. Approximately 40,000 people move to Auckland every year and almost 800 vehicles are registered every week. It’s like having 800 new drivers on the roads of the city every week.
Traffic is also exacerbated by the drivers’ generally poor standard of driving. You will often find drivers on their phones, sometimes hogging the fast lane while running 70kph. A huge percentage of drivers on the road do not even have valid licenses.
Auckland’s traffic situation is indeed bad. The ripple effect caused by the smallest accident on the Harbour bridge road will slow down all of the motorway networks for an hour or more.
Here are three potential solutions that could help ease Auckland’s traffic problems: