Public transport plan approved

by Callum McDonald

The Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee approved the draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2018–28 at its meeting on Monday, December 3, accepting the changes suggested through the hearing committee process, and recommended that Environment Canterbury approve the plan.

The committee comprises representatives from Environment Canterbury, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council and the NZ Transport Agency.
A significant component of the plan relating to Greater Christchurch has been developed by the Greater Christchurch Public Transport Joint Committee agencies. The draft plan was put out for community consultation in September.

Joint committee member and Environment Canterbury chair, Steve Lowndes, said the consultation period was comprehensive, engaging a high number of people.

“At final count, we received 726 submissions, along with 8,944 quick polls taken across the community,” he said.

“Most pleasing was the high level of youth engagement, traditionally a group less likely to submit on these sorts of things. We had 71 submissions from young people, reflecting their sense of ownership and desire for a future-focussed public transport system.”

Following the consultation stage, the joint committee formed a hearing committee to review the submissions and hear from those who wished to speak to their submission.
The final Regional Public Transport Plan, will be submitted to Environment Canterbury at its meeting on Thursday, December 13.