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Published: 2006-07-12 00:00:00

Environment Waikato today adopted the draft Regional Land Transport Strategy, which sets the direction for how land transport in the Waikato region will be managed, prioritised and funded during the next 10 years. 

“The draft strategy will be open for public submissions from July 17 – August 18, 2006 – and we welcome feedback from the community,” says Environment Waikato chair, Jenni Vernon.

“The strategy is about much more than just roads – it is about how people travel around the region to access employment, education, recreation and services, and how we generate regional economic prosperity through the efficient transportation of goods.

“The draft strategy identifies key issues, including the need to protect our strategic corridors, and improve road safety across the region. It also makes a strong commitment to promoting the integration of transport planning with land use planning, as well as aiming to protect and improve rail corridors. Over the next 10 years we hope to encourage more people to use public transport, as well as expanding the regional Total Mobility service, and improving cycling and walking facilities where appropriate.”

Cr Vernon described the creation of the draft strategy as a tremendous collaborative effort, involving the input of key stakeholder groups, members of the Waikato Regional Land Transport Committee, and the committee's technical working group.

The Regional Land Transport Committee, which is chaired by Environment Waikato, includes representatives from 11 local authorities, Transit New Zealand, the NZ Police, Land Transport New Zealand, industry groups such as ONTRACK and the NZ Road Transport Association, and a wide range of stakeholder groups including private road users, public transport users, cycle users, Federated Farmers, and cultural, health and economic development representatives.

Copies of the draft strategy will be available online from 17 July, or by contacting Environment Waikato's Freephone 0800 800 401.