$294.8m investment for Otago region

The National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) announced this morning, provides an investment of $294.8 million for the Otago region over the 2009-2012 period.

In Dunedin it includes:
• work on four-laning the Caversham Highway at the city’s southern entrance is expected to start during the next three years. This section of State Highway (SH) 1 is prone to traffic congestion during peak-hour travel times
• progress over the next three years on the Fredrick Street to SH88 realignment project to smooth traffic flows, improve safety and ease congestion on this section of SH88 around the new Otago stadium and Otago University
• the SH88 Dunedin to Port Chalmers cycleway will be extended all the way to Port Chalmers.

National Land Transport Programme 2009-2012 (PDF, 4.08 MB)
Otago (PDF, 734 KB)

NLTP on Public Transport
There has been a substantial increase in funding for public transport services nationally across 2009-12 with an increase of 30% to $630 million compared with the previous three years.
This NLTP allocates $11.6 million to public transport services in Otago. This includes encouraging drivers to use public transport in Dunedin, with the aim of reducing the number of vehicles on key city roads at peak times.
This in turn will:
• reduce traffic congestion
• delay the need for expensive road infrastructure to carry larger traffic volumes
• help improve travel times for private and commercial vehicles as well as buses.

National Land Transport Programme
Press Release: New Zealand Transport Agency

Wednesday, 26 August 2009, 3:31 pm

The NZ Transport Agency will release details of a multi-billion dollar investment in New Zealand’s land transport network on Thursday morning (27 August).

NZTA will publish the 2009/12 National Land Transport Programme (NLTP) at midday on Thursday, outlining planned investment in land transport activities across the country over the next three years. The NLTP invests in a range of projects in all regions.

The new three-year timeframe for the NLTP allows for investments with a longer-term view, and allows local government and the wider land transport sector to plan ahead with increased confidence.

The preparation of the NLTP has been informed by 16 regional transport committees and the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) developing and submitting regional land transport programmes outlining activities to be prioritised for NLTP funding.

NLTP documents, Q&As and regional media releases will be available on the NZTA website from midday Thursday, at www.nzta.govt.nz

NZTA Board Chair Brian Roche will present the 2009/12 NLTP at a launch event at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington at 11am on Thursday. Transport Minister Steven Joyce will also speak at the launch.


Many rural projects cut back…

### ODT Online Fri, 28 Aug 2009
$295m for roading in Otago
By Mark Price
Otago roading projects are to receive $295 million over the next three years, $51 million less in subsidies than Otago land transport authorities were seeking.
Read more

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


Filed under Construction, Economics, Geography, Inspiration, Media, Project management, Stadiums

4 responses to “$294.8m investment for Otago region

  1. Phil

    Good to see some money finally going into the Caversham leg of SH1. While I am not in favour of creating more roads to allow more people to bring more cars into the city (a la Auckland), in the absence of the prospect of any mass transit system from Mosgiel, that road has been a nightmare for long enough.

    There has been an attempt at creating a bypass road for traffic passing through the city, or north of the CBD, and that’s great. Every major city has a bypass route to remove through traffic, and the Dunedin choices were limited due to terrain. But I think it could be developed further still. It’s not terribly user friendly or enticing, in its current form. I would like to see the Strathallan Street/Fryatt Street/St Andrew Street bypass route made into a Priority road. Which basically means that the users of that road have right of way at intersections, all the way from Mosgiel through to the St Andrew Street connections onto the one way streets. I’ve seen the Priority Road system work well elsewhere, once you get the hang of it.

    People have gotten so used to using the one way street system to move through the city when they are really just trying to get to the other side. Not very environmentally friendly either. But it would need a pretty big carrot to change habits. Not having to sit and wait for traffic lights would do it for me. Food for thought.

  2. I just can’t wait to get back to Vancouver and play on the ever expanding Sky Train (aerial monorail) system, recently extended to go from the centre city to the airport!

  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Fri, 28 Aug 2009
    Funding boost for GoBus

    Improvements to Dunedin’s GoBus programme will continue with the announcement the Government will contribute $9.7 million during the next three years.
    Read more

  4. Elizabeth

    The following long-winded report (102 pages) goes to DCC’s Planning and Environment Committee meeting tomorrow.

    Meeting details: Monday 31 August 2009, 2.00 PM
    Edinburgh Room, Municipal Chambers

    Report – PEC – 31/08/2009 (PDF, 674.1 kb, new window)
    Evaluation of the District Plan Transportation Section

    The evaluation of the Transportation section of the District Plan has recommended a range of improvements to the section. As a result, City Development intends to review this section via two plan changes. The first plan change will resolve minor issues with the rules and definitions in the section, to improve ease of use for plan users. The second plan change will comprehensively re-examine all of the provisions in the section to ensure that broader transportation issues are recognised and addressed.

    This all sounds ridiculously expensive, even if truly necessary.


    The number of participants in the consultation process to date are dismally low (see page 8):

    “2. Consultation

    Public consultation on the Transportation section was conducted in two phases. Phase One targeted professionals in the community who were likely to be making frequent use of the Transportation section, including planners, engineers, surveyors, architects and key public agencies. These stakeholders were contacted by letter in September 2008 and asked about any issues they had encountered when using the section.

    During Phase Two, an article about the review was included in the December 2008 edition of the Council’s CityTalk magazine. A public notice was then placed in the Otago Daily Times on 24 January 2009, requesting feedback on the Transportation Section from the community as a whole. In addition, in February 2009, a questionnaire with targeted questions about the provisions in the Transportation Section was circulated to District Plan users including Dunedin City Council staff and the stakeholders who had been contacted during Phase One (see Appendix A.9 for copy of this questionnaire).

    2.1 Phase One
    During Phase One, seven responses were received from the following organisations: Opus International Consultants Ltd, Beca, Hovell Environmental Planning, CPG New Zealand (formerly Duffill Watts & King Ltd), Otago Regional Council, Councillor Teresa Stevenson and Paterson Pitts Resource Management Ltd.

    2.2 Phase Two
    During Phase Two, eighteen responses were received from the following individuals or organisations: CPG New Zealand, Montgomery Watson Harza Ltd, Patterson Pitts Resource Management Ltd, Johnston Whitney Ltd, the New Zealand Transport Agency, the Dunedin City Council City Planning, Transportation Operations and Transportation Planning departments, Otago Regional Council and McDonalds Restaurants Ltd. One anonymous response was also received.

    In addition, a meeting was held with the Council’s resource consent planners to obtain their feedback on the Transportation section. The evaluation questionnaire was used to guide discussion.

    The feedback from both rounds of consultation is summarised in Appendices A.1 to A.8. All feedback received was used to inform the evaluation of the Transportation section.”

    Sad, very sad…

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