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Travel Demand Strategy Consultation

News release
6 September 2005

Travel Demand Strategy Consultation

A Draft Regional Travel Demand Management (TDM) Strategy has been released for public consultation.

The strategy examines daily travel behaviour and what we are prepared to change about those behaviours. Changes can include working from home, ride sharing, walking or cycling for shorter trips and using passenger transport for peak period commuting trips.

Chairperson Regional Land Transport Committee Cr Terry McDavitt says the strategy aims to make best use of the network by promoting smarter travel choices in the face of rising costs, congestion and unreliability on the network

“TDM will get the best use out of our transport network by promoting trip choices that best match trip purpose. Small changes such as changing timings to avoid the rush hour or using active modes such as walking or cycling for short trips can make a big difference to reducing congestion and fuel emissions.”

Cr McDavitt says many people have already made such changes but there is still a lot more that can be done – “if we can curb as little as 5% from the natural transport growth we can make a real difference to both efficiency and community health.”

Public submissions on the TDM Strategy will close on the 7 October 2005 at 4.30pm. Please include your full contact details on your submission and indicate whether you wish to be heard.

Copies of the strategy are available from Greater Wellington Regional Council, 142 Wakefield Street, Wellington and from the Wairarapa offices at 34 Chapel Street, Masterton. Alternatively, copies can be obtained from the Greater Wellington website: www.gw.govt.nz/tdm or by phoning Transport Division reception 04 381 7779.

Please note that any submission you make may become publicly available if a request for it is made under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987. If you are making a submission as an individual, Greater Wellington Regional Council will consider removing your personal details if you so request in your submission

ENDS

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