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It’ll be free – no tolls on Transmission Gully motorway

News from NZTA
The NZ Transport Agency has announced that the Transmission Gully motorway will not be tolled.

The Transmission Gully motorway is a 27 kilometre, four-lane road designed to improve the safety and resilience of the transport network into Wellington.

“In line with our tolling policy, the Transport Agency assesses all new state highway projects for tolling feasibility,” Transport Agency Director of Regional Relationships Emma Speight says.

“Part of this feasibility assessment is to understand the impacts that tolling might have on road users, the transport system, and local communities.

“When considering whether tolling may be appropriate, we need to weigh the potential benefits netted in revenue against any likely negative impacts in terms of safety, access and value-for-money.

“Our assessment indicated that the net potential revenue over the lifetime of the toll was unlikely to make a meaningful contribution to the cost of the road.

“In addition, our assessment showed that tolling the road would likely result in more drivers choosing to use the coastal route (the current State Highway 1), which would compromise the safety, environmental and access benefits which the new road will deliver for drivers as well as for communities along the coastal route.

“The Transport Agency was also asked to consider whether tolling could be used as a measure to reduce congestion in the region by managing demand.

“Modelling, in this instance, indicated that tolling Transmission Gully would be ineffective in encouraging people to choose other modes of transport and would more likely encourage people to take their cars on the coastal route.

“In this instance, it has been decided that Transmission Gully is not suitable for tolling,” Ms Speight says.

For more information on the Transmission Gully motorway: www.tg.co.nz


  1. jamie, 30. August 2019, 6:03

    Finally a sensible decision by NZTA, but maybe they need to now think of the impacts of all those vehicles hopping off TG and the gridlock that wont be fixed by buses.

  2. Fergie Gamalang, 30. August 2019, 10:21

    Nah – should have tolled ’em and helped pay back the concession amounts – what is the amount a year again that the Ozzie consortium will be getting?

  3. Mary M, 2. September 2019, 5:50

    Transgression Gully is another example of unneeded projects. It will never be a “value for money” project nor will it be “safe”. Roads are only as safe as the state of mind of those that drive on them.

  4. glenn, 3. September 2019, 15:53

    I really hope that all the moaners over the years who have berated this highway now won’t all of a sudden start driving on it once it is finished.

  5. Mona Lisa, 3. September 2019, 19:20

    No Glenn – I’ll continue to use the scenic coastal road.

  6. Marion Leader, 4. September 2019, 7:14

    In reply to anyone who says that Transmission Gully isn’t needed I say that the view of the coast going down the hill at the north end will give visitors to Wellington a wonderful memory.
    This should be some consolation.

  7. Mary M, 4. September 2019, 15:10

    So Marion are you are saying Transgression Gully was needed for a view of the coast ? It is not needed for a view and that’s of no consolation.

  8. Marion Leader, 4. September 2019, 19:03

    Mary M, it is not “needed” for the view. It has got a view which is good and should be consolation to visitors, but this says nothing about anything else.

  9. Mary M, 5. September 2019, 9:31

    Marion: Yes that’s right it’s not needed. The unneeded billion dollar road offers us no consolation. It tells the visitors that we Kiwis are insane, we declare emergencies while simultaneously spending lots of money (debt) on unnecessary projects (PPPs).

  10. Marion Leader, 5. September 2019, 11:22

    Mary M, I agree with you that visitors can see the new road and say exactly what you say.
    They can then say “What a great view! New Zealanders must be mad to pay so much for it when, if they were fifty years younger than me, they could have come here on a tramping expedition and seen this wonderful view on foot. I wonder how many of them did this before the road was built?”