Metlink awarded $9 million to improve active travel and public transport infrastructure

Posted: 7 December 2022 | | No comments yet

In line with its commitment to make its transport services more accessible, the funding will allow Metlink to support public transport infrastructure projects that focus on improving bus, rail and active travel connectivity.

Metlink awarded $9 million to improve active travel and public transport infrastructure

Credit: Metlink

Metlink has announced that four public transport infrastructure projects valued at $9 million have been awarded indicative funding from the New Zealand government’s $350 million Transport Choices programme.

Part of the Climate Emergency Response Fund, the programme enables local councils to progress strategic cycle networks, create walkable neighbourhoods and make public transport more reliable and easier to use.

Metlink, Greater Wellington’s public transport arm, applied to Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency for the funding. The four projects are:

  • Porirua bus hub has been allocated $5 million to improve the public transport experience of the community that uses the region’s second busiest bus/rail interchange – development will include new bus shelters, canopy structures and real-time information signage
  • A total of $1 million has been allocated for bus stop accessibility improvements to support accessibility customers, targeted improvements at selected Lower Hutt bus stops will include kerb re-configurations, new shelters and signage
  • Masterton and Solway Bike Parking improvements have been allocated $240,000 to encourage bike-rail integrated travel. In addition, cycle racks at both stations will be replaced with purpose-built bike shelters for up to 16 bicycles. The shelters will have lighting and CCTV cameras and be positioned for good passive surveillance.

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Greater Wellington Transport Committee Chair Councillor Thomas Nash said: “Improving connections between buses and trains makes it more likely that people will choose public transport over driving a car and that means safer and easier to use roads and lower emissions. We are working hard to make public transport more convenient for people and these projects will help us do that, as well as helping us build a more connected region and reducing emissions. This will make our communities safer, more vibrant places to live, study and work.”

Waka Kotahi’s Urban Mobility Manager, Kathryn King, said: “The Transport Choices programme supports councils to give people more options in the way they travel. 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.”

Metlink General Manager Samantha Gain said: “We’re grateful to be considered and look forward to refining our proposals. While there’s more investment that can be me made in our network, these projects will make public transport in our region safer, more accessible and easier to use.”