A key goal of the Draft Integrated Transport Framework (ITF) is to ensure we’re making the right choices about the future needs of our district - think of it as keeping us on track over the coming decades.
Using our guiding principles and aligning key investment objectives, we’ve identified four broad challenges that we need tackle as a district.
These key challenges help us think about how we prioritise investments in the years to come, and what initiatives should consider implemented.
Working towards public transport that is accessible, convenient and the preferred transport choice for many residents.
Better bus stops, passenger facilities, and safe, well-lit places to get on and off public transport.
Small, shared vehicles you can book by app when you need them, that are cheaper than taxis.
Road lanes that are only able to be used by vehicles with more than one person in them, at busy times of day.
More buses to more places, more often, on every day of the week.
Option to park in carparks on the edge of town and then finish your journey in a smaller, shared vehicle.
Commission a study alongside Taranaki Regional Council to determine if passenger rail is possible for our region i.e. find out if there is enough demand to support passenger rail.
More places with facilities to change routes, comfortably and safely, to get to more places faster.
Increase parking fees to make other ways to travel more appealing.
Decreasing our reliance on car as our primary mode of transport and increasing the role of walking, cycling and public transport.
Change the one-way system to two-ways for light vehicles, making it safer to walk, cycle and travel by other modes, and freight can utilise the outer state highway.
Reduce fossil fuel consumption by providing more EV charging and exploring options like electric or hydrogen buses, and moving freight to rail and the sea.
Ensure that all people (whether in a car or not) feels safe, comfortable and can get to their destination within a reasonable time.
Ensure that people can access school, work and leisure in our district in whatever way they want.
Find out if there are other options to moving freight, such as by rail or sea.
Working towards safe and connected walking and cycling networks with active and healthy communities.
Fill in all the gaps in our cycle ways so people on bikes can travel across the district safely.
Plan our travel network by thinking about how people move, rather than how cars move.
Upgrade our intersections to ensure people walking or cycling have priority when crossing or turning.
Link up our cycle ways by improving or installing bridge crossings for people walking or cycling.
Installing crossings that provide a much clearer and safer crossing for people walking, cycling and using mobility devices by encouraging drivers to slow down when approaching them.
Enable visitors to cycle to main attractions in our district and encourage them to stay and use our retail and hospitality.
Investigate what can be done to make current connections more attractive to people walking and cycling e.g. shared paths and low-traffic greenways, better lighting, and park and ride for the coastal walkway.
Make walking and cycling more comfortable, safe and secure by providing facilities e.g. rest stops, toilets, and secure parking for people walking and riding.
Make walking and cycling more appealing by reducing the speed of motor vehicles on some roads.
Introduce safety measures for people walking and cycling e.g. adding cyclist buffer zones, extending protection through intersections and improving walkway surfaces.
Improve access to amenities (e.g. coast, school, services) along engaging and enjoyable transport corridors.
Redirect some through traffic away from our town centre to make space for people who want to spend time there.
Ensure you can get to work, school, sports, health appointments and have fun by taking public transport.
Enable people who live outside New Plymouth to walk, cycle, or take public transport in and around their local centres.
Make sure our transport links are reliable e.g. by increasing capacity, improving access to key destinations and our rural areas, and implementing safety improvements which lead to fewer crashes and delays.
Encourage compact urban centres and focus on building communities with infrastructure that enables active travel.
Reduce travel to work during peak times by encouraging businesses to enable their staff to work from home.
Direct the transit of goods and vehicles that are passing through to use a separate road to ease congestion in towns.
Build new roads with better cycling and walking facilities to increase options for travelling in New Plymouth.
Add bus lanes and better paths for cycling, walking and other modes on our main roads.
Plan for the places we live to have enough shops and places like pharmacies and doctors, so we don’t need to rely on travel to our main centre for these services.
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