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.
NZTA’s principal transport planner Mark Haseley says the NZ Transport Agency is working with Tauranga City Council to consider potentially bringing the construction of the Papamoa East interchange forward.
"The interchange would support growth in the Te Tumu area. We also need to confirm how the interchange would work with the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road.
"To ensure fairness for all users of the Tauranga Eastern Link Toll Road, people travelling via any proposed interchange should pay for their trip.
"Further work needs to be completed to confirm how this would be implemented in detail, without adversely affecting planned growth in the area."
Mark says people would be tolled at the interchange entrance point heading west towards the City.
He says the case for tolling the TEL was supported when consultation was undertaken in 2009.
"We are now working through how we would integrate additional interchanges into the toll system with our regional partners.
"Tolling the interchange goes towards repaying the cost of the Tauranga Eastern Link construction."