21 Dec 2017

Drivers on four new roads could face toll charges

3:21 pm on 21 December 2017

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is considering charging tolls on four new roads, saying it could raise $28 million a year.

Transmission Gully construction

The new Transmission Gully road could be tolled under the plan Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

A report has found that the roads all meet the agency's criteria to have tolls set up on them.

In the report - released under the Official Information Act - four roads qualify for tolling.

NZTA's criteria to allow a toll to go onto a road includes having a free alternative route drivers can use and an acceptable level of community support.

The roads are Transmission Gully and the Petone-Grenda link, both north of Wellington; Puhoi to Warkworth, near Auckland; and the Tauranga North link .

"This additional revenue stream would increase the likelihood of these projects being completed successfully," said NZTA in a statement.

NZTA said it was still early days and no decision had been made yet.

It said further investigation was needed to confirm the exact contribution tolling would make to each project, as well as how long any tolls should be levied for.

There are currently three roads tolled in the country: two in Tauranga and one north of Auckland between Silverdale and Pūhoi.

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