- What's the benefit of tolling for this project? (external link)
- Will the whole road be tolled? (external link)
- What does the toll pay for? (external link)
- How much will the toll cost? (external link)
- Will the toll increase over time? (external link)
- How long will the road be tolled? (external link)
- How will the toll be collected? (external link)
- Where is the toll gantry? (external link)
- Will there be toll booths for us to stop and pay tolls? (external link)
- What if I don't want to pay a toll? (external link)
What's the benefit of tolling for this project?
The benefit of the tolling is that it allows us to bring construction forward so it can start in 2011. Without tolling construction would most likely start in five to 10 years time.
Will the whole road be tolled?
No, the section from Te Maunga to Domain Road will be an upgrade of the existing two-lane road to a four-lane highway and will not be tolled. The new section from Domain Road intersection to Paengaroa will be tolled.
What does the toll pay for?
The toll will help pay for the new section of the Eastern Link that starts at Domain Road, Papamoa and finishes at Paengaroa.
How much will the toll cost?
It is envisaged that at opening, the toll would be a maximum of $2 for cars, motorcycles and light vehicles and $5 for larger vehicles and trucks (all at 2008 dollars subject to inflation until opening).
Will the toll increase over time?
The toll charge will be increased at the rate of inflation (CPI) using a base date of 2008 dollars.
How long will the road be tolled?
The toll needs to raise enough money to repay the debt and interest charges. As soon as these are repaid, the tolls will be removed. This is anticipated to be a maximum of 35 years after opening.
How will the toll be collected?
In January 2009 the NZTA opened its first fully electronic toll collection system on the Northern Gateway toll road north of Auckland. We propose using a similar system on the Eastern Link. As collection methods and technology are always evolving, a final evaluation of the system will be made closer to the road opening.
Where is the toll gantry?
The toll collection point will be between the proposed Papamoa East interchange and the future Rangiuru Business Park.
Will there be toll booths for us to stop and pay tolls?
No. The Tauranga Eastern Link will use a free-flow tolling system so road users will be able to travel the 23km journey without having to stop or slow down to pay a toll. We decided to develop a free-flow electronic toll system because:
- It provides the easiest, most convenient and greatest time savings for customers and is consistent with the convenience and time saving benefits that the road itself provides.
- There are environmental and safety benefits of free-flow traffic compared with requiring traffic to stop to pay at toll at a booth.
- Internationally, the trend is to move to free-flow electronic collection and centralised collection processes.
- A centrally managed electronic collection system allows the greatest opportunity for capital investment and fixed operation costs to be spread over more projects.
Our focus is to continue improving the toll payment options to make paying a toll easy. Details of the toll collection system and payment methods will be available closer to opening.
What if I don't want to pay a toll?
A free alternative route must be available for those road users who do not wish to pay a toll. The existing state highway route through Te Puke would be the non-tolled free alternative.