PLANNING FOR STRATEGIC HIGHWAYS

This paper outlines Transit New Zealand's need to change its approach to planning for the continued protection of the roading network and for future needs under new planning legislation, and how it is achieving this. Thegrowing awareness that traditional engineering solutions are no longer totally acceptable in the planning arena has resulted in considerable changein how the transport network is managed. Significant events in this process have been: (a) The introduction of the Resource Management Act; (b) Government views and instructions on environment and pricing. Transit New Zealand is a Crown-owned entity responsible for the state highway network, and has responded to the above with establishment of new and far reaching policies on how it will tackle the future. The documents "Planning for a Safe and Efficient State Highway Network" and "Transit New Zealand and theEnvironment" are already published. Research and discussion documents are being prepared on effects of CO2, noise and road pricing. Projects are being planned now to incorporate significant mitigating features to limit intrusion on the landscape, to enhance safety, and to ameliorate effects on or enhance environmental values. Transit New Zealand had adopted a proactive approach and recognises its responsibilities in sustainable management of the total environment. Consultation is a key element in these processes. (a) For the covering abstract of this conference see IRRD abstract no. 861222.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 123-40

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00669831
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 1994 12:00AM