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Regional council has ten-year “vision” for lower emissions and safer roads

News from Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Regional Transport Committee today agreed to a vision for a strategic framework that will see safer roads, lower transport generated emissions and an increase in active travel and public transport mode share, over the next 10 years.

Regional Transport Committee Chair Adrienne Staples says the headline targets set out for the Wellington Regional Land Transport Plan 2021 focus on specific elements of the plan’s proposed 30 year vision.

“These headline targets aim to see a 40 per cent reduction in deaths and serious injuries on our roads, 30 per cent reduction in transport generated carbon emissions and 40 per cent increase in active travel and public transport mode share, all by 2030.

“These goals aim to reflect the mix of urban, suburban and rural transport settings across our diverse region. They are ambitious targets that aim to shift the region towards a more sustainable future.

“The RLTP 2021 will include a monitoring framework which will observe progress towards each of these objectives and ensure we are on track to meeting the targets set out,” Cr Staples says.

The deaths and serious injuries target aligns with the target in Central Government’s ‘Road to Zero’, New Zealand road safety strategy.

“It is really important that we line up with national targets on this. There is no excuse for the number of deaths and serious injuries that occur on our roads each year.

“The transport-generated carbon emissions target aligns with the target in the Climate Change Response Act 2002 of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 as well as the Regional Council’s own commitment to being carbon neutral by 2030,” Cr Staples says.

The mode share of active travel and public transport target is set at a level to reflect aspirations for good, affordable travel choices and a reduction in carbon emissions.

“A number of programmes that will assist in delivering on these targets are underway, including Let’s Get Wellington Moving and the Wellington Rail Upgrade.

“Our 30 year vision statement for the RLTP is to have a connected region with safe, accessible and liveable places where people can easily, safely and sustainably access the things that matter to them – and where goods are moved efficiently, sustainably and reliably.”

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  1. Traveller, 18. February 2020, 19:26

    Statements and reports and targets and a vision and a framework – but not a word about getting rid of diesel buses. They are shameless.

  2. Yogi Bear, 18. February 2020, 19:27

    Deja vu all over again! Now where are those trolley buses? Remember the hidden death toll from diesel emissions is bigger than the accident toll.

  3. Meredith, 18. February 2020, 20:30

    Phew it was noisy belching stuff in Willis Street today. Glad I don’t have to be there every day. My lungs, ears and body can’t take it anymore and they shouldn’t have to.

  4. Kerry, 19. February 2020, 9:20

    An exclusive focus on diesel buses is delusional.
    Diesels of all kinds emit particulates (including my car, which is very energy-efficient). The problem is not so much diesel as internal-combustion.

  5. Kara Lipski, 19. February 2020, 12:57

    GWRC has its head in the sand. Since the non-emitting trolley buses have been replaced by a variety of defunct Euro standard diesel buses, Wellington has had to put up with increased emissions of CO2 and hydrocarbons not to forget the PM2.5 which are not filtered out. Ten years to return our public transport to electric is way too long. GWRC has less than 3 years before the next election to show some real leadership in environmentally friendly public transport.

  6. michael, 19. February 2020, 12:58

    What planet is GWRC on? Given their actions to date it is hard to believe any of their rhetoric. Did they really believe the polluting diesel buses dumped by Auckland City were going to produce any reduction in transport-generated carbon emissions? All that has happened has been a noticeable and unacceptable increase carbon levels and noise to the detriment of public health.

    I challenge all regional councillors to go out into the real world, sit down at the Willis Street bus stop from 4.30 to 5.30 and subject themselves to the noise, the stink, the itchy eyes and coughing from the constant line-up of buses belching carcinogenic fumes, and then hopefully understand why the public are so furious and concerned – and actually do something about it.