Hamilton City Council is working to provide transport choices for people who live in Hamilton, and to help them and goods get to and around our city more reliably.
We want a balanced approach to transport for our city, which both integrates with our existing transport network and enables growth for our expanding city.
If you want to share your views on how public transport looks for our city and the Waikato region, then now’s your chance to give feedback on the Draft Waikato Regional Public Transport Plan 2018-28.
The draft plan has been prepared by Waikato Regional Council (WRC) in partnership with territorial authorities and key stakeholders from a wide range of sectors. It sets the objectives and policies for public transport in the region for the next 10 years (2018-2028).
“It’s truly an aspirational plan,” said WRC Regional Public Transport Plan Development Subcommittee chairman Russ Rimmington.
“Hamilton has some of the worst congestion in the country and it is growing exponentially. We don’t want to get like Auckland, and we have a chance to get our planning right.
“We need to make public transport everyone’s first choice for getting around. We will do this by providing fast and frequent services, good journey experiences and quality infrastructure, such as well lit, attractive bus shelters and wifi on buses.
“But the plan is not just about buses, there’s a whole range of initiatives such as passenger rail connections between Hamilton and Auckland and more innovative ways of providing public transport solutions with key partners.”
It aims to address a variety of issues raised by the community, particularly around traffic congestion in the main urban centres, and to provide easy and affordable public transport options for people to access employment, education and health services.
It focuses on moving to a mass transit oriented network within Hamilton and between the city and neighbouring towns over time, and creating partnerships to better coordinate transport funding and deliver services to more areas within the region.
Complete your submission online at www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/submit-rptp or visit www.waikatoregion.govt.nz to request a submission form, and post to: Transport Policy Team, Waikato Regional Council, Freepost 118509, Private Bag 3038, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton 3240.
Public feedback runs until Wednesday 19 September.