Consultation on proposed new Thames Coromandel/Hauraki bus services; webinar to be held

Tune in and join me on Thursday, 7 April at 6pm for a webinar as we discuss proposals from Waikato Regional Council for new bus services linking Thames-Coromandel and Hauraki towns and a connection to Hamilton from Thames.   Have your questions answered by myself and other councillors and senior staff.

Thames Coromandel representative on the Waikato Regional Council Denis Tegg said: “I’m keen to hear from our communities on fast-tracking public transport investment in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki, and on taking a more efficient approach to fund these services that I think will bring real benefits.”

“Since I was elected to the Regional Council in 2019, I have taken soundings in most Thames Coromandel communities and there does seem to be a strong appetite for new bus services linking our towns.  This is especially so among our aged population. Having seen the benefits of the Thames bus service I initiated in 2017, I have pushed hard for other new services to commence as soon as possible.  I am therefore delighted that the council has agreed to get feedback from our communities on this amendment to the Long Term Plan,” said Cr Tegg.

The consultation also seeks feedback on whether Waikato Regional Council should rate for public transport in Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki districts in place of those district councils. “This makes it much more straightforward to provide equitable and regionally consistent service levels to our districts.”  Cr Tegg said.

If given the go-ahead following consultation, the rating for new public transport services in Thames-Coromandel, Hauraki (and Matamata-Piako districts) would be collected by the regional council from 1 July 2022, (and rating by District Councils would end) so that new services could start as early as January 2023. That’s to give the regional council time to negotiate for 51% funding assistance from Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency, as well as to plan the rollout of the new services.

Visit https://bit.ly/3JXwIgr to find out more, register for the webinar, or make an online submission.

Denis Tegg   

Elected representative for Thames Coromandel on Waikato Regional Council

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