This election, more than any other that I’m aware of, has seen transport policy take a major role in the discussion. Since Jacinda Adern took over as Labour leader and announced our Congestion Free Network as a key element of the party’s transport policy, there have been numerous policy announcements from all main parties and significant media coverage of them and transport issues in general.
In many ways, it’s surprising that transport hasn’t featured more in the past. That’s because while much focus tends to go on issues like health, education, the economy, and welfare, transport policy is one area that can positively or negatively impact all of them.
AT the same time as this increased media focus, and perhaps one of the reasons for transport featuring more prominently, the differences between the parties have never been clearer. There’s a lot more detail and nuance to many of the policies but at a broad level we have National promising a huge additional investment in roads while Labour, Greens and New Zealand First are putting a lot more focus on improving public transport and rail. I plan to cover the policies in more detail closer to the election as who know, there might be more announcements yet.
Given the differences above, it was interesting on Friday to see the results of a 1News Colmar Brunton poll asking what the spending priority should be when it comes to transport. The outcome was comprehensive.
As of the time of writing this we don’t know just what the exact details of the poll are, such as how many people were surveyed or where in the country they live but it’s a pretty clear result regardless.
The result also isn’t really a huge surprise as it falls in line with the trend of results we’ve seen in the past when similar questions have been asked.