The government is set to announce its 10-year Auckland Transport Alignment Package for Auckland transport today, which will include two new major road upgrades to ease congestion.
Transport Minister Phil Twyford, speaking to TVNZ 1's Breakfast today, said the funding hinged on a new regional fuel tax in Auckland, and would focus as a priority on public transport.
"We have to fix Auckland for the sake of the country," Mr Twyford said.
"Aucklanders know they're spending hundreds of hours every year in traffic that they'll never get back."
The first of the two projects is Penlink - a new connection between the Northern Motorway and the Whangaparoa Peninsula on the North Shore, with funding of about $200 million.
The second will be Mill Road in South Auckland, which will provide relief from a known choke point around the Papakura are, and Mr Twyford said funding will be in the area of "half a billion".
Penlink would be built on a public-private partnership basis, Mr Twyford said, which will likely mean the route will be a toll road.
The full package will be released later today.