It’s time for us to look forward and make a detailed plan of what needs to be done in the next 10 years.
In June our councillors will make a final decision on the work Waikato Regional Council will focus on over the next 10 years and how it will be paid for. Before they do, they want to know what you think about our proposals.
You'll can now read and submit on our Long Term Plan.
It’s important that our councillors know what you think about the proposals outlined in this consultation document. This is your chance to influence their decision making. We need your feedback by 4pm on Monday, 16 April 2018.
The Waikato is in the heart of the upper North Island economic and transport system. Our road and rail corridors are used to move freight to and from the ports of Auckland and Tauranga, and they transport visitors to some of the country’s top tourism hotspots. And, of course, our land transport system is used by the people of the Waikato in their everyday life, whether they’re getting from A to B by private motor vehicle, public transport, foot or bike.
The Waikato Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) sets out how we want to see our land transport system developed. It came out in 2015, but already a lot has changed since then. We are seeing tremendous growth and development in some parts of the region, and this is putting pressure on our existing transport networks. We are still seeing unacceptable statistics in road deaths and injuries, so we need to find a better way to address this. And today’s rapidly changing social, economic and technological landscape will ultimately result in a different land transport system than what we currently have.
The regional council is required to update its RLTP midway through its six year life. A draft plan, prepared by the Waikato Regional Transport Committee – comprising elected members from all the local and regional councils and the NZ Transport Agency – is now out for consultation. The plan outlines the key problems that the Regional Transport Committee wants to focus on, and the benefits of doing so. The plan also makes clear the region’s key objectives and priorities for land transport, and details the significant transport activities that we want central government funding for.