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Report monitors trends in region’s transport

29 September 2006

Report monitors trends in region’s transport

Road congestion and the number of cars travelling into central Wellington during the morning commuter period have decreased, according to findings in the latest Regional Land Transport Strategy Annual Monitoring Report released today by Greater Wellington Regional Council.

All-day average road congestion decreased by 17% between 2005 and 2006 while the number of cars travelling into the Wellington CBD decreased by 8% in 2006.

At the same time, patronage of regional public transport has seen exceptional growth in 2005/06. Peak-time passenger trips by all public transport modes increased by more than 1.9 million trips (11.6%) while off-peak passenger trips by all public transport modes increased by more than 700,000 trips (4.6%).

Leonie Waayer, Greater Wellington Transport Analyst, says the report sets out progress in 2005/06 in implementing the Regional Land Transport Strategy.

“One of the values of this report is that it monitors trends in transport across the region and informs our planning for long-term sustainable transportation,” she said.

The report contains detailed information on roading and public transport, as well as environmental and sustainability measures. In addition, it compares the Wellington region with the Auckland and Canterbury regions, which also have significant transport issues. Public perceptions of transport-related issues are included.

The data in the Annual Monitoring Report was collated from all road controlling authorities, which include the region’s local authorities and Transit New Zealand. Contributions were also made by Land Transport New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, the New Zealand Police, CentrePort, Toll NZ, Strait Shipping, Environment Canterbury and Auckland Regional Council.

Terry McDavitt, Chair of the Regional Land Transport Committee, says that several factors – in particular, population growth and economic growth in the region – mean that the demand for transportation will continue to increase.

“An integrated, efficient land transport system is vital for the long-term sustainability of the region,” Mr McDavitt said. “It’s pleasing to see a reduction in road congestion and a dramatic increase in numbers using public transport. Not so good is the increase in road and cycle casualties.”
The findings are informing the current review of Greater Wellington’s Regional Land Transport Strategy, to be released for public consultation in late 2006.

Other main conclusions reported for 2005/06 include:

- an increase in road crash numbers and total recorded casualties. Regional casualties per 100,000 population figures remain lower than those of the Auckland and Canterbury regions

- an increase in cycle casualty numbers (112 in 2005 cf 86 in 2004), the highest toll for a decade

- an increase of 1.2% in regional fuel consumption between 2004 and 2005, slightly below the previous year’s increase in fuel sales of 1.6%, and a consequent increase in transport-generated greenhouse gas emissions

- the private car continues to be the dominant mode of transportation.

The report is available online at www.gw.govt.nz/amr. Hard copies are available from the ground floor and transport (Level 6) receptions, Greater Wellington Regional Council, 142 Wakefield St, Wellington or from the Masterton Office, 34 Chapel St, Masterton.

ENDS

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