Two high-tech electronic tolling gantries, the first of their kind in New Zealand, will be operational on key routes in Tauranga this year. One of the nine-metre high electronic tolling gantries has been installed on the Tauranga Eastern Link (TEL) ahead of the official opening of the motorway later this year.
The second toll gantry is being built on Tauranga’s Route K (Takitimu Drive) this month, in preparation for when the Transport Agency takes ownership of the road from Tauranga City Council in July.
The NZ Transport Agency’s Waikato / Bay of Plenty regional director Harry Wilson says both of the new toll points are single gantry, multi-lane free flow systems, the first of their kind in New Zealand.
The TEL is one of seven Roads of National Significance (RoNS) based around New Zealand’s five largest population centres.
Light vehicles using the TEL will pay $2 and heavy vehicles $5. The Route K toll tariff will be $1.80 and $4.80 after July 2015.
The new tolling system is expected to be operational in early July, ahead of the TEL being opened and Route K being electronically tolled.
This article was first published in the May 2015 issue of NZ Local Government Magazine.