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Central Leader - - News - By Rhi­an­non Hor­rell

Auck­land’s traf­fic woes may be im­proved with the Auck­land Re­gional Coun­cil’s draft of a 30year trans­port strat­egy ap­proved for con­sul­ta­tion.

The Auck­land Re­gional and Trans­port Strat­egy aims to en­hance the busy re­gion as a great place to live, work and play for the 2010 to 20 0 pe­riod.

The coun­cil’s re­gional trans­port com­mit­tee has spent months work­ing on the strat­egy which is open for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion un­til ecem­ber 1 .

Auck­lan­ders can give in­put on how $ bil­lion is spent on trans­port dur­ing the next three decades.

Com­mit­tee chair­woman Chris­tine Rose says many peo­ple have ideas on how things can be im­proved and now is the time to speak up.

“Auck­land needs to start mak­ing bet­ter use of the ex­ist­ing trans­port net­work. This means up­grad­ing rail and bus ser­vices, in­creas­ing cy­cle­ways and en­cour­ag­ing more walk­ing for short dis­tance trips.”

She says the west­ern ring route needs to be com­pleted but the re­gion can’t con­tinue to build new roads to over­come trans­port chal­lenges.

“ t is pro­hib­i­tively ex­pen­sive and un­sus­tain­able. We must build on the suc­cesses of the past decade. Bus and rail pa­tron­age has reached record highs thanks to im­proved fre uency and pri­or­ity mea­sures, and walk­ing school buses have seen un­prece­dented growth.”

Ms Rose says the strat­egy high­lights the im­por­tance of build­ing an un­der­ground rail loop, which would mean more than 200,000 peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing within 30 min­utes of the cen­tral city.

t reads “ t is an­tic­i­pated that by 2051, ap­prox­i­mately 2.3 mil­lion peo­ple will be liv­ing in the re­gion. This rapid growth will re uire ap­prox­i­mately 350,000 new jobs and homes.”

En­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions are also in­cluded.

To re uest a copy of the draft strat­egy or make a sub­mis­sion visit www. arc. govt. n rlts, email rlts arc.govt.n or call 366-2000.

ocal li­braries and coun­cil ser­vice cen­tres will also have a copy of the strat­egy.

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