Transport plan a huge opportunity
MP for Wigram
Transport Issues Spokesperson
15 November 2012
Transport plan a huge
New transport plans for
Christchurch offer a once in a life-time opportunity to
design a city that would be the envy of others, Labour's
spokesperson on Christchurch Transport Issues and Wigram MP,
Megan Woods says.
"Getting our transport plan right
is not a ‘nice to have’, it is fundamental to us
creating the best city we can. It is not just about cars,
and taxis, and pedestrians. It is about our social, economic
and community recovery.
"But above all else it has
to be a network for people. We cannot have false divides
between the central city and the suburbs, so any final plan
needs to be an integrated one.
“While the draft proposal
looks good on first reading – providing dedicated cycle
lanes and pedestrian-only space is in line with the most
user-friendly European cities – it needs to be carefully
“People, for instance, may have
reservations about the proposed mega-transit hub and the
quite drastic reduction in the number of routes available to
buses coming in from the suburbs.
is the time-frame. Can we really afford to take a ‘couple
of decades’ to see the plan become a reality?
“What we need to do right now, however, is ensure we
are getting to mix of transport options right from the
get-go and that they fit with the economic development
vision for the recreated Christchurch.
“These and other
questions need to be wrestled with and the consultation
period is the time to do just that. I would urge everyone
with any interest whatsoever in the future of their city to
make a submission,” said Megan Woods.
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