Waikato Regional Council will investigate extending the Auckland passenger rail network to Pōkeno. This will open up the option for people in Thames Coromandel and Hauraki to drive to Pōkeno and take a relaxing train ride to central Auckland or a connection to the airport. The option to avoid stress and traffic congestion, lower emissions and save on parking fees will appeal to many.
This is just one of many bold innovative aspirations in Waikato Regional Council’s ambitious Regional Public Transport plan 2022-2032, that I am proud to have helped develop.
There is also a specific objective to significantly increase public transport within and between rural towns, something I fought very hard to achieve.
As well as growing patronage in the urban areas and servicing more rural communities, the plan aims for public transport services to become at least carbon neutral for the period 2025 to 2050. Avoiding emissions in the first place is the highest priority in the plan.
DELIVERED: Re-elect Denis Tegg for Waikato Regional Council.