NZ’s transport blueprint

Wellington commuters are being encouraged to give feedback on a draft transport plan

Greater Wellington Regional Council is encouraging people to give their feedback on its plan to deliver the best public transport services for the region, as a more in depth review of public transport in the Hutt Valley is undertaken.

"The draft Regional Public Transport Plan is our blueprint for world-class public transport in Wellington," says Public Transport Portfolio Leader Councillor Paul Swain.

"It spells out clearly all the work that will be done over the next six to eight years to make public transport more attractive, affordable and easier to use." 

The draft plan includes the development of an integrated fares and ticketing system that will be rolled out from 2017, and is available for public consultation until May 9.

Under the plan, a new bus rapid transit spine through central Wellington will speed up travel times and, along with a new network of services, will give a lot more people access to high-frequency bus routes.

Swain says council is exploring various options for a modernised low-emission bus fleet which will give passengers a better on-board experience and more reliable services.

"Our aim is to get more people out of their cars and onto buses, trains and harbour ferries," he says.

"This will ease congestion, improve productivity, reduce transport emissions and make the Wellington region an even more attractive place to visit, work and play in."

Public information meetings will be held over the next five weeks before submissions are heard in late May, and a final plan is adopted in June.

In the meantime, the council is also conducting a conducting a focused review of public transport in the Hutt Valley -  just north of Wellington -  to see if tweaks can be made to improve services. 

Swain says the main services work pretty well in the Hutt Valley and the review is narrowly focused to look at how improvements can be made to overall service levels.

"Every few years we have a good look at public transport services in various parts of the region to ensure that they continue to meet the needs of the community and reflect changes such as shifts in demand," he says.

"People who use bus, train or harbour ferry services in the Hutt Valley may be asked to take part in on-board surveys about current services. "

Upper Hutt and Hutt City Councillors as well as community boards and committees will be briefed at regular intervals over the next few months.


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