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Saturday, 16 February 2019 05:28 pm

Transport will still be the greatest issue for regional council

GWRC pix busPUBLIC transport will continue to be the big issue for the Greater Wellington Regional Council to be voted in this month.

Of the council’s $179 million expenditure, 63% is spent on public transport services and infrastructure, according to its latest financial report.

The outgoing council has been responsible for the new Matangi trains and trackwork to run them.

Coming service improvements include real time information, electronic ticketing, and improved frequency and coverage of the transport network.

The council’s website says GWRC is responsible for ensuring the delivery of a “safe, fair, reliable and environmentally friendly transport system” at least cost to the regional taxpayer.

The transport network of buses and trains is subsidised with $45 million by GWRC, as fares do not cover the full cost of providing the services.

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The website says around 35 million passenger journeys are made on the region’s public transport     system each year.

GWRC will have to reconcile many different perspectives on the future of public transport in the  Wellington region, as well as carrying on with work in their other areas of responsibility.

Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce made a submission on GWRC’s proposed annual plan  2010/11.

About public transport the chamber said they support the objectives of attracting more people by modernising the network and improving services.

But the chamber submitted “there is too much politics, bureaucracy and consultation in the land transport system and a more commercial approach is needed.”

It said as transport is GWRC’s largest activity, there is likely to be scope for significant savings in this area.

Cycle Aware Wellington also made a submission on the proposed annual plan.

The group urged GWRC to find a solution for carrying bicycles on trains at peak and off-peak times.

They also wanted council to invest in cycles on buses by fitting some buses with racks.

Their recommendations are based on providing good access and safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

GWRC pix 3Trans-action is an advocacy group for better public transport in Wellington, and the group proposes light rail is the solution. (Above: Artist’s impression courtesy of W Trickett).

“The fact that there is no direct rail link from the major regional hubs of Porirua, Waterloo, Queensgate and Johnsonville across the most densely used part of the city and the CBD is the critical ‘missing link’ of the Wellington region’s transport infrastructure”, the group says on their website.

Using tram-trains – light rail units that operate as both trams and trains – is a perfect solution and cost effective too, Trans-action says.

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GWRC is also responsible for environment management, flood protection and land management, provision of regional parks, public transport planning and funding, and metropolitan water supply.

The water it supplies to Greater Wellington residents each day is enough to fill Westpac Stadium.

The Wellington region covers a land area of 813,500 hectares and a maritime area of 786,700 hectares, according to the GWRC website.

The population of the region is 473,700, and comprises nine city and district councils (above left).

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  1. Hi Josie,

    Very informative and balanced article.

    Darab Ponter
    Regional Council Candidate

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