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Published: 2004-08-04 00:00:00

Transit New Zealand’s Board will visit the Waikato tomorrow to discuss strategic transport issues with the Regional Land Transport Committee.

The six person board directs overall policy and funding allocation for transport throughout the country and will spend the afternoon with the Committee and local authority representatives. The Board will be briefed by senior Transit Regional staff and have a bus trip around the Hamilton area to view the state highway network before they meet with Hamilton City Council and then Environment Waikato.

Under discussion will be strategic Regional transport and funding issues, the east Taupo arterial road presented by Taupo Mayor Clayton Stent and Taupo District staff.

The contentious Kopu Bridge issue will be presented by Mayor Basil Morrison and Ken Thompson of Hauraki District, and Mayor Chris Lux and Chief Executive Steve Ruru of Thames Coromandel District Council.

Hamilton City issues will be presented by Mayor David Braithwaite and senior council staff, while Regional Council staff will outline Regional issues such as the Regional Land Transport Strategy development, weed and pest control in road corridors and effects of flooding on bridges.

Land Transport Programme Manager Bill McMaster said the meeting was an opportunity to discuss important issues with Transit and get their views.