Funding package to improve public transport infrastructure
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has successfully secured funding of $1.39 million from central government to spend on projects aimed at the Transport Choices package.
The funding is part of a $350 million Transport Choices package included in the Government’s Climate Emergency Response Fund (CERF) led by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. The funding secured by the Regional Council will upgrade a number of bus stops in the region, as well as creating two new stops. This package is fully funded by Waka Kotahi.
Bus stops will be upgraded at the following sites:
Upgraded bus stops:
New bus stops will be created at:
The upgraded stops will include:
Regional Council General Manager Policy & Regulation, Katrina Brunton, says the funding will allow bus users to get a sense of the improved services they can expect to the region’s bus services from mid-2025.
“With this funding, we'll be able to transform key Hawke’s Bay terminals across the network, installing smart stops that showcase the new network, with reliable real-time information, that encourage the integration of active and public transport and meet the changing needs of our community. These new facilities will be operational from late-2023 to mid-2024.”
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, Manager Urban Mobility, Kathryn King says she is pleased Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has received funding as part of the Transport Choices programme.
“The Transport Choices programme is supporting councils to give people more options in the way they travel. I’m pleased to say we received an outstanding response from councils around the country, embracing the opportunity to provide greater transport choices for their communities.
“Funding criteria specified projects that would deliver strategic cycling/micro mobility networks; create walkable neighbourhoods; support healthy school travel; or make public transport easier to use.
“The aim is to open up streets so everyone can get where they need to go in ways that are good for their health and the planet.”
Transport Choices funding is currently indicative until Waka Kotahi works with Councils to explore how projects can be progressed in line with the Transport Choices timeframes. Funding allocations may be adjusted after this consultation.
Funding for increased bus drivers’ wages:
Part of the CERF funding includes an increase in driver funding. Access to this portion of the fund requires contribution from Regional Council, which is currently unbudgeted. It would require an increase in rates or reduction in services to achieve before mid-2024. At this stage the Council is not in a position to fund any commitment in this area. We're working hard to find the funding so that we can revisit driver wages before 2025.
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22 December 2022
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