Transport groups reply to Government's new policy
Matt Lowrie from transport advocacy group Greater Auckland said the new plans so far look "very impressive".
"It is a big step forward from what we have had in the past and giving focus on areas that have been lacking for quite some time – particularly around safety and public transport," he said.
"The safety one is a big one. We have just had the worst Easter road fatalities for a number of years, and the death toll on our roads is increasing.
"That is a really concerning trend as it had been trending down for a long time before that, so we do need to improve our safety."
Lowrie said the announcements looked to improve on former government policy.
"A lot of that funding for the last decade was pulled away and put into some really large motorway projects. While they are safe, they are very expensive and sucked a lot of funding away from the necessary projects that can actually help improve safety for a lot of people.
"What I think we are going to see now is a focus on a lot more areas which have actually shown to be working well, particularly safety, where we can safe peoples' lives and reduce the number of people dying on our roads."
Lowrie said it was also good to see a strong acknowledgement of public transport funding.
"Some of that is coming through in the form of rapid transit funding – which is light rail and busways - it is the high quality options that are key to driving up public transport use, which is going to make it easier to get around as well."
Clive Matthew-Wilson, editor of the car review website Dog and Lemon, also described the policy as a welcome change of direction.
"The fact is we don't need new motorways, we need to fix up the roads we already have. It is rural roads where people are dying and it is rural roads where the money needs to be spent so this is plain common sense," he said.
"Also, the roads with the lowest road toll tend to be the ones with the best public transport systems so it is not just freeing up gridlock, it is actually likely to save lives."
Although Matthew-Wilson did not agree with fuel taxes, calling them "misguided".
This view was mirrored by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union who said the government's proposal to increase fuel levies breaks Jacinda Ardern's promise of "no new taxes".
"Fuel tax is particularly harmful because of its regressive nature – the people it hurts most are poorer families living in fringe suburbs. This will ultimately mean less food on the table," executive director Jordan Williams said.
"And as if fuel tax hikes didn't sting enough, the Government is going to be using the revenue to fund cycleways and trams, at the same time they're slashing funding for highways. In other words, drivers are paying more to receive less."