Joint transport plan to give 'a stronger voice'

Otago and Southland are making moves to improve their national clout on roading and transport by collaborating on a joint regional land transport plan.

Environment Southland and Otago Regional Council's transport committees have been working to produce a land transport plan encompassing both regions.

If it gets the green light by both councils, the plan would replace the existing ones and be operative by 2015.

Environment Southland chairwoman Ali Timms said the collaboration would give both authorities a stronger voice at a national level, and seemed sensible given the collusion on other projects.

The drive behind the plan was to try to save ratepayers money by being able to give greater assurance to the NZ Transport Agency of the need to co-invest in priorities.

The proposal to move on the plan will go to each council within the next month.


The Southland Times