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Big Response To Electronic Toll Road

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Big Response To Electronic Toll Road

The NZ Transport Agency reports that nearly 16-thousand customers have opened accounts to use the SH1 Northern Gateway Toll Road since the system became available from early December, 2008.

"The response has been fantastic," says NZTA regional director Wayne McDonald. "We had been expecting 10,000 accounts in the first six months, not 15,800-plus after only a few weeks."

The accounts, opened by both commercial firms operating fleets of vehicles and private motorists, cover 44,760 vehicles.

Around 70% percent of the accounts have been opened online at www.tollroad.govt.nz, and the rest through freephone 0800 40 20 20.

The NZTA says people who do not want to open an account can also use the same online and freephone options for single, return or multiple trips, which are valid for 180 days.

"Anyone using those options is enjoying the benefit of a fully electronic toll road," Mr McDonald says. "They won't be stopping at manual payment kiosks, and they won't be running the risk of having to queue to pay."

The NZTA says traffic will be heavy on SH1 north of Auckland this long weekend, and people who choose to use the electronic toll road can avoid delays by paying their toll before leaving home or work, or within three days of travelling on it. People who do not want to use it, have the choice of two free alternatives: SH16 between Wellsford and Auckland, and SH17 through Silverdale, Orewa and Waiwera.

Just under a 180-thousand vehicles have already used the 7.5km-long electronic toll road since it opened to the public just under two weeks ago. At the same time, traffic flows along the old main road on SH17 through Orewa have dropped an average 60%.

"The electronic toll road has added more capacity to the state highway network and given people another option when they travel between Northland and Auckland," says Mr McDonald.

The NZTA is actively managing all three routes to reduce delays and keep traffic moving this weekend. The Transport Agency is reminding travellers to pay attention to roadside signage, and to listen to radio updates to help them better plan their journeys.

TOLL TARIFFS

$0.00 motorcycles

$2.00 cars and light vehicles

$4.00 heavy vehicles over 3.5 tonnes

Towed trailers and caravans are free

PAYMENT CONTACTS

Freephone 0800 40 20 20

Online: www.tollroad.govt.nz

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