Pub­lic trans­port needs come un­der spot­light

Hamilton Metro News - - News -

A three-week sur­vey be­gan in the north Waikato last week to help coun­cils plan for the fu­ture pub­lic trans­port needs of these com­mu­ni­ties.

The sur­vey is be­ing un­der­taken by Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil, in con­junc­tion with Waikato District Coun­cil, as part of a re­view of trans­port in the fast-de­vel­op­ing area.

“In re­cent years there has been strong com­mu­nity in­ter­est in bet­ter pub­lic trans­port in the north Waikato, but we’ve not car­ried out any for­mal, tar­geted con­sul­ta­tion of res­i­dents,” said Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil’s pub­lic trans­port op­er­a­tions man­ager, Andrew Wil­son.

“This house­hold sur­vey is the first step in this joint project to find out from res­i­dents what their pub­lic trans­port needs are.

“This will al­low both coun­cils to work to­gether on a plan to en­sure the cur­rent and fu­ture needs of the lo­cal com­mu­nity are met,” Mr Wil­son said.

Tim Harty from Waikato District Coun­cil said there had been sig­nif­i­cant growth in Tuakau and Po­keno in re­cent years.

“Tuakau has grown by 16 per cent and Po­keno by 26 per cent in just three years.

“This growth is lead­ing to in­creased de­mand for trans­port in­fras­truc­ture and ser­vices, par­tic­u­larly for ac­cess to em­ploy­ment and com­mu­nity ser­vices within the north Waikato area and in south­ern ar­eas of Auckland, such as Pukekohe, Pa­pakura and Manukau,” Mr Harty said.

The re­view will also con­sider the pub­lic trans­port needs of the Te Kauwhata, Mercer, Mere­mere, Ran­giriri and Port Waikato com­mu­ni­ties.

The Waikato Re­gional Pub­lic Trans­port Plan adopted last year iden­ti­fied a need to in­ves­ti­gate pub­lic trans­port pro­vi­sion in the north­ern part of the re­gion. This sur­vey gives ef­fect to that plan.

The sur­vey will be avail­able to all res­i­dents in the north Waikato area un­til Sun­day, July 10.

Visit www.waika­todis­trict.govt.nz/sayit to com­plete the on­line sur­vey or call Waikato District Coun­cil on 0800 492 452 to have a copy mailed to you.

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