New tolling interchanges for TEL

NZTA says everyone who uses the TEL should pay for their trip.

Tolling points at two new interchanges are being planned for the Tauranga Eastern Link.

The New Zealand Transport Agency says the new tolling points have been proposed for the Papamoa East Interchange.

This will connect the planned new Golden Sands town centre in Te Tumu to the toll road, and one that will service the future Rangiuru Business Park.

NZTA’s principal transport planner Mark Haseley says the toll points would capture traffic coming from the interchange and on to the highway heading west towards Tauranga or Mount Maunganui.

Mark says eastbound traffic would continue to be recorded by the existing toll gantry at the eastern end of the link.

“To ensure fairness for all users of the Tauranga Eastern Link toll road, people travelling via any proposed interchange should pay for their trip.”

The tolls - $2 per car and $5 per truck - have been in place since the road opened in 2015, and the money collected goes towards repaying the $455 million cost of the road.

Mark says there is more work to be done confirm how the new tolling points would be implemented in detail.


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