Government Plans Should Be Redirected Towards Transport For All

Published: Tue 19 Mar 2024 03:29 PM
A coalition of public transport and climate organisations, united as ‘Transport for All’, is actively opposing the government’s transport proposals.
The draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) includes plans for higher fares for public transport, increased freight on roads, and less walking and cycling initiatives.
Campaign advocate and Climate Club Co-Founder, Jenny Sahng, says “the government’s plan for land transport focuses spending on roads, leaving out public transport, cyclists, pedestrians, and our rail network.”
“The Coalition’s transport plans will lead to worse traffic congestion and higher costs for public transport users and motorists. Taking heavy vehicles off rail and onto the roads will also mean more road damage. We might as well stuff cash into potholes.”
Also concerning is the removal of carbon emissions reduction as a priority for government transport policy.
“Transport is our second largest source of emissions. By continuing to invest in public transport, we ease congestion, cost of living, and pollution - so why are we going in the opposite direction?” says Jenny Sahng.
“Many New Zealanders don’t have any affordable, reliable options for getting around. Petrol prices are high, rural roads are damaged, bus and train networks are underfunded, and congestion is terrible. The government’s proposal takes away other options, forcing everyone onto roads. This makes it all worse. As a result, NZ is one of the most car-dependent countries in the world. We want healthier, happier, more liveable cities for everyone, including people who need to drive.”
Transport for All is encouraging people to have their say on proposed changes before 2 April through three simple actions:
Rally at Parliament at 5pm on Tuesday 19 March
Sign the petition to keep transport for all
Submit on government proposals
Transport for All is a coalition of public transport and climate organisations supportive of a sustainable transport future that provides transport for all.
All Aboard (a coalition of climate and transport advocacy groups including Generation Zero, Oxfam, Lawyers for Climate Action and Movement)
Climate Club
Free Fares
Public Transport Forum New Zealand
The Future Is Rail (Save Our Trains)

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