Auckland congestion & school and retail start times



Have your SayWith Auckland’s ever worsening traffic congestion, the Government and Auckland Council need to look outside the square for solutions to address this. One solution would be to change school and retail trading hours to a later start time of 10am instead of 9am. This would result in a more staggered peak period in the morning with other businesses and industries which start earlier, and in the evening with schools finishing at 4pm and shops closing at 6pm. There would be many benefits to doing this with many studies on sleep and student performance confirming a later start time for students resulting in better sleep and better achievement.
With retail outlets open later until 6pm, this will enable people to get to shops after work, resulting in more retail activity. If successful in Auckland, this policy could be rolled out in other centres or nationwide to the benefit of all.
Isaac Broome, Pukekohe

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