Shaping future transport solutions
Environment Waikato councillor
What will the future be for the South Waikato District when the Waikato Expressway is finished just south of Cambridge?
What will the future be if the Port of Tauranga becomes New Zealand’s premiere deep sea container port as seems likely?
These are just two examples of transport plan thinking among the transport team at Environment Waikato.
Under the Land Management Act the Waikato Regional Council is legislated to produce a regional land transport strategy with a 30-year horizon.
Can you imagine what transport will look like in the Waikato in 2041?
Already we know that the Waikato is in the productive heart of New Zealand’s economic growth.
Already we know that road safety is a major concern.
Already we know that peak oil is either here or soon will be.
Already we know that for our country to remain competitive with exports we need to have world class transport infrastructure and that this infrastructure needs to be integrated across road, rail and the ports.
Over the last couple of years the Regional Transport Committee, which I am privileged to chair, has been working hard to get our heads around these big picture transport issues.
With great support from the staff of our various councils we have come up with an excellent document which sets the strategic direction to be followed in the Waikato, answering some of those high level questions and concerns.
This document can be viewed in its entirety at www.ew.govt.nz.
It has been available to view since early November.