"Auckland's congestion isn't getting worse." The number of cars on the roads is "perfectly stable," despite the population growing by 116,915 since 2015.
That's how Auckland Transport chief executive Shane Ellison responded to a question: "Why is congestion getting worse?" (NZ Herald, July 13).
His comment is nonsense, even allowing for the fact that many of the 189,700 cars registered in Auckland 2015-18 are used elsewhere. More telling is that NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) numbers show that the vehicle kilometres travelled on Auckland roads increased by 695 million kilometres in the years 2016 to 2017 (the latest