While congestion charging can be useful, this is a band-aid solution for Tauranga’s problems. It doesn’t address the fundamental problem with our transport network – that it is heavily congested because there are no viable alternatives to driving.
The Bay of Plenty has become the Bay of Plenty of traffic, and we’re not happy about it. Our congestion woes have made more local news headlines than real estate over the last 5 years, and that is saying something in this country.
Today our local newspaper headlined the dire state of our traffic situation. But there is a looming calamity at our doorstep that will compound this issue faster than our ability to build our way out of it.