Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Government’s transport vision riddled with blind spots

Monday 16 June 2014

Government’s transport vision riddled with blind spots

The draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport Funding released yesterday continues an unhealthy motorway obsession and shows the Government is neither taking climate change seriously nor listening to what the public wants, says youth organisation Generation Zero.

“The Government’s transport vision is at best one-eyed, and at worst completely blind,” said Generation Zero spokesperson Paul Young.

Funding parameters are essentially unchanged from the previous GPS, with public transport, walking and cycling together receiving around 11% of the total budget and less than 4% of funding for new infrastructure.

Mr Young: “Land transport accounts for around 40% of New Zealand’s CO2 emissions, but somehow the GPS fails to even mention the Government’s emissions reduction targets. There’s also no mention of future oil price trends, and no mention of changing youth transport preferences.”

“Not only is that reckless and irresponsible, it’s out of line with public opinion.”

“A 2013 poll by UMR Research found that 48% of New Zealanders think funding for public transport should be prioritised over motorways and roads compared with 37% on the contrary. Yet the Government continues to spend billions on duplicate motorways with dubious cost-benefit ratios while delaying transformative low-carbon transport projects like the Auckland City Rail Link.”

“Strong public demand has seen local councils around the country majorly boost cycleway funding in the last three years, but the pitiful $1m increase for cycling proposed in the GPS will see councils going it alone.”

“Overall this is a very disappointing rehash of the status quo, clinging to the past rather than embracing the shift to clean, low carbon transport that needs to happen and is happening.”

Generation Zero has worked with partners to develop affordable transport plans for Auckland and Wellington that reduce emissions and provide transport choices that will get these cities moving for cheaper.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news