Wellington draft plan open for submissions

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NEW ZEALAND Wellington’s draft Regional Land Transport Plan which focuses on public transport, cycleways and some major road improvements is now open to the public to have their say reports Austalasian Bus & Coach. The plan sets out the long-term direction for each of the region’s main transport corridors and contains plans for the public transport, roading and freight networks. It also includes every transport project or activity in the region over the next six years along with 16 major improvements the region is recommending for funding.

Wellington Regional Transport Committee Chairman, Fran Wilde said the plan aims to ensure the region has a more resilient and reliable transport network. “We have a vital national role as the capital city and a crucial geographical position on the northern side of Cook Strait,” she said. “It’s important that we develop transport networks to enable people and freight to move as quickly and efficiently as possible. Equally important is a transport network that will meet the needs of growth and won’t buckle under pressure. This is fundamental to Wellington region’s future, and its vibrancy, productivity and environmental health.”

Fran said the proposed major projects have been prioritised according to their importance, effectiveness and efficiency. “We’d really like to know what people think about these priorities,” she said. Submissions on the plan close February 20, 2015.