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Get freight moving

Get freight moving

30 September 2005

More than half a million freight trips are made every day around the Auckland region and many get stuck in traffic.

A draft freight strategy aimed at improving that movement of freight has been developed by the Auckland Regional Council. The ARC now wants to hear the public and freight industry's views on the strategy.

The strategy will provide clear guidance on ARC policy and help guide development of a regional freight network.

ARC Transport Policy Committee Chairman Joel Cayford says freight transport is fundamental to the successful and healthy growth of the region.

"For each household in the region more than one tonne of freight is moved every day and that figure is expected to grow.

"Managing freight better is an important part of our wider efforts to support the Auckland economy and ease traffic congestion. Our priorities are moving people and goods - rather than single occupant cars.

"By far the majority of freight trips are by road in vans and small trucks and we don't see that changing in the forseeable future. However, there is scope to shift more freight by rail, particularly to and from the port. We intend to encourage more of that," Cr Cayford says.

Key priorities identified in the strategy include:

* Gaining a better understanding of freight traffic movements.

* Establishing a forum for sharing information and providing direction.

* Identifying a strategic freight network and policies to support it.

* Encouraging investment in the strategic transport network (both road and rail) to improve freight movement.

* Preparation of guidelines for the development of freight management plans to help manage local impacts of freight traffic.

To find out more about the draft freight strategy visit www.arc.govt.nz , email: Chris.Langstaff@arc.govt.nz call 09 366 2000 or visit your local library to view a copy. All submissions must be in writing.

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