Funding Our Transport

Roads Aren't Always as Empty as This!

Roads Aren't Always as Empty as This!

The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee (for composition, see below) is currently considering an important issue.  Significant government funding is due to come over the next ten years to assist with roads, passenger transport provision, cycle and pedestrian ways, etc. over the whole Region.  This funding comes with a catch – the Canterbury Region has to fund its share.

The are basically three options: rates, a regional fuel tax or tolls on new roads. A regional fuel tax could be up to 5c per litre and the only roads for which a toll could be applicable are the proposed Christchurch Southern Motorway extension and the proposed Christchurch Northern Arterial, to the east of Belfast.

Projects being considered in Waimakariri include pedestrian and cycle clip-ons for the Main North Road bridge over the Waimakariri and the Ashley bridge north of Rangiora.

Councils throughout the region will be considering the options over the next couple of months.

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The Canterbury Regional Transport Committee has representatives from every Council from Kaikoura in the north to Waimate in the south, Environment Canterbury, the NZ Transport Agency, and various community sectors.

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