Author:Sam Abusah, Clinton de Bruyn
Source:Ministry of Economic Development: Wellington
This paper examines the role that traffic congestion is playing in restricting Auckland's economic performance. In particular, it explores the extent to which congestion may be responsible for the lower than expected 'agglomeration' benefits, or benefits of scale experienced by the Auckland economy. It is argued that a shift in transport planning, and in particular an increased focus on public transport, will be required to address the congestion and lack of accessibility that is limiting Auckland's productivity.