Wellington's mayor standing firm on backing congestion charging

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Publish Date
Wed, 27 Nov 2019, 10:44AM
The Let's Get Wellington Moving transport plans includes a second Mount Victoria tunnel, but construction would not begin until at least 2030. Photograph / Mark Mitchell

Wellington's mayor standing firm on backing congestion charging

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 27 Nov 2019, 10:44AM

Wellington's mayor says despite meeting environmental goals, Wellingtonians still need a roading system that works.

Andy Foster is discussing the region's $6 billion dollar transport plan with Transport Minister Phil Twyford today.

The Minister recently ruled out congestion charging for the capital, despite Foster campaigning on it as a way to fund transport projects.

Foster told Mike Hosking alternative funding models are needed, rather than unaffordable rates rises.

He says they need different funding tools, and congestion charging could also change people's behaviour around transport.

"Transport is a sticking point for most councils and its no different in Wellington."

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