Tolling is a method of raising revenue from transport infrastructure which involves a charge or fee imposed on the user in return for the benefits received from using said infrastructure.
This section sets out the guidance on assessing the potential to toll new roading infrastructure as a means to support either the funding of new infrastructure or investment in general from the National Land Transport Fund.
Tolling is consistent with the Transport Agency’s beneficiary pays principle because tolling roads and using toll revenues collected to build roads shifts the National Land Transport Programme towards an increase in ‘value of service’ customer payments.
The Transport Agency’s strategic options toolkit(external link) outlines that the purpose of tolling suitable state highway links can be either to advance projects through toll-funded borrowing and/or to raise additional land transport revenue. The toolkit provides several case studies, including Auckland’s Northern Gateway.