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Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee

Auckland Regional Land Transport Committee:

New members appointed

19 March 2007

High-calibre Aucklanders have stepped forward to steer the region’s strategic transport planning, Regional Land Transport Committee chairman Joel Cayford says.

The committee prepares the Regional Land Transport Strategy 2050 which is due for completion in 2008. Members are drawn from the Auckland Regional Council, the seven local councils, Land Transport NZ and various transport, economic, social and environmental experts.

These new appointments will provide further expertise in the areas of economic development and safety, and access and mobility:

- Tony Garnier, Project Co-ordinator with the Auckland Business Forum, has a wealth of experience as an advisor within the transport sector;
- Simon Tapper, Managing Director of Tapper Transport, brings an extensive understanding of the freight industry;
- Superintendent John Kelly of the New Zealand Police will provide insight into safety and personal security;
- Dr Denise Barnfather is a public health medicine specialist with a particular interest in environmental health;
- Chris Orr of the Royal NZ Foundation for the Blind, Bevan Woodward of Cycle

Action Auckland and Simon Lambourne of Automobile Association will represent motorists and other users of the transport network.

Cr Cayford said new members attending tomorrow’s committee meeting were coming aboard at an excellent time.

“The committee is embarking on a review of the region’s strategy. We will be looking at how current and future transport decisions will shape the region over the next 30 to 50 years.”

This review has the statutory time to plan and provide for fossil fuel price impacts, climate change, a potential second Waitemata Harbour Crossing, the region’s arterial roading network, road pricing, and other significant issues, alongside an update of the matters addressed in the RLTS 2005.
Kathleen Ryan and Pauline Kingi will continue to bring perspectives on environmental sustainability and cultural interests.

ENDS

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