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Draft Transport Strategy Going Out to the Public

Draft Transport Strategy Going Out to the Public

Dunedin (Friday, 19 July 2013) – Improving road safety, extending cycle networks and encouraging more freight to be moved by rail are among the many issues included in the Dunedin City Council’s Draft Transport Strategy.

DCC Transportation Planning Manager Sarah Connolly is encouraging people to have their say on the Draft Strategy.

“It is important to remember the transport system exists to support the movement of people and goods so people can enjoy their way of life.

“That’s why we are asking people if we have got the priorities and ideas right. We want to know what people think so we can develop a final plan that will meet future challenges while maintaining Dunedin’s great lifestyle.”

Public submissions on the Draft Transport Strategy open tomorrow and close on 19 August.

Ms Connolly says the DCC and other agencies, such as the New Zealand Transport Agency, invest a substantial amount of money in Dunedin’s transport system. The purpose of a Transport Strategy is to enable those organisations to review whether the investment priorities of the past are still relevant and whether they are achieving the type of transport system that will best support the city, its residents and the wider region.

The existing Transport Strategy, adopted in 2006, has been reviewed to incorporate the results of the DCC’s 2011 Your City Our Future consultation, strategy work and changes in Government policy. This Draft Strategy incorporates what were previously separate Transport, Walking, Cycling and Parking Strategies into one document.

The Draft Strategy identifies Dunedin’s main transport challenges, which include road safety, rising fuel prices and high dependence on motor vehicles.

Information on the Draft Strategy will be available from tomorrow at www.dunedin.govt.nz/transport. People can also attend drop-in sessions being held in the central city, South Dunedin and Mosgiel next month. Details of these sessions will also be on the website from tomorrow.

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