Sunday, July 17, 2011

NZTA proposes funding cuts for Waikato public transport and safety programmes

Tranzwatching in Waikato region, Te Ika a Maui, New Zealand

Ten days ago the Government was shaking hands with Wellington Regional Council after pumping a further $88.4 million into Wellington's commuter rail system ; this week proposed cuts in New Zealand Transport Agency funding support of almost a $1 million are causing concern for the Waikato Regional Council, Environment Waikato.

According to a Voxy report these cuts and reductions include a $400,000 funding reduction for road safety programmes, a cut of between $100-200,000 in transport studies and strategy development [presumably good planning saves millions!! - NZ in Tranzit], cuts in funding local public transport infrastructure (such as bus shelters) and the removal of  $500,000 grant for regional transport planning that ensures an integrated transport network is provided for the region.

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