Meeting of the Regional Transport Committee

 

 

Date:                 Friday 6 March 2015

Time:                10.15 am

Venue:

Council Chamber

Hawke's Bay Regional Council

159 Dalton Street

NAPIER

 

Agenda

 

Item       Subject                                                                                                                  Page

 

1.         Welcome/Notices/Apologies 

2.         Conflict of Interest Declarations

3.         Short Term Replacements for the Regional Transport Committee                              3  

4.         Confirmation of Minutes of the Regional Transport Committee held on 14 November 2014 and 13 February 2015

5.         Matters Arising from Minutes of the Regional Transport Committee held on 14 November 2014 and 13 February 2015

6.         Follow-ups from Previous Regional Transport Committee Meetings                           5

7.         Call for any Minor Items Not on the Agenda                                                                 9

Decision Items

8.         Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25                                                                     11

9.         Amended Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 for Adoption                                 27

Information or Performance Monitoring

10.       March 2015 HBRC Transport Manager's Report                                                       29

11.       March 2015 RoadSafe Update Report                                                                       35

12.       March 2015 NZTA Central Region - Regional Director's Report                               39

13.       Verbal Reports from Advisory Representatives

14.       Minor Items Not on the Agenda                                                                                  45  

 


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: Short Term Replacements for the Regional Transport Committee        

 

Introduction

1.      Council has made allowance in the terms of reference of the Committee for short term replacements to be appointed to the Committee where the usual member/s cannot attend.

Committee Membership

Councillor Alan Dick

Member and Chairman

HBRC

Councillor Rick Barker

Member and Deputy Chairman

HBRC

Councillor Mark Herbert /Alternate Mayor Bill Dalton

Member

NCC

Councillor Terry Kingston /Alternate Cr Terry Story

Member

CHBDC

Mayor Craig Little

Alternate  Jamie Cox

Member

WDC

Councillor Tania Kerr 

Alternate Cr John Roil

Member

HDC

Raewyn Bleakley

Alternate Lyndon Hammond

Member

NZTA

Brian Gregory

Advisor: Cultural Interests

HBRC Maori Committee

David Murray

Advisor: Private motorists

Automobile Association

Inspector Matt Broderick

Advisor: NZ Police

NZ Police

Chris Bain

Advisor: Port and Coastal Shipping

Port of Napier Limited

John Emmerson

Advisor: Road Transport industry

Emmerson Transport

Kim Santer

Advisor: Rail

KiwiRail

Technical Advisory Group (TAG)

Anne Redgrave

Transport Manager

HBRC

Megan Welsby

Sustainable Transport Officer

HBRC

Jon Schwass

Road Asset Manager

NCC

Shawn McKinley

Roading Manager

CHBDC

Jamie Cox / Aram Goes

Engineering Manager/Asset Manager - Roading

WDC

Mark Clews

Strategic Planning Manager

HDC

Jag Pannu

Transportation Manager

HDC

Colin Goble

Senior Engineer

NZTA

Simon Barnett

Projects Team Manager

NZTA

Oliver Postings

Journey Manager

NZTA

 

 

Recommendation

1.     That __________________________ be appointed as member/s of the Regional Transport Committee of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for the meeting of Friday, 06 March 2015 as short term replacement(s) on the Committee for _______________________.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

   


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: Follow-ups from Previous Regional Transport Committee Meetings         

 

Introduction

1.      Attachment 1 is a list of items raised at previous Regional Transport Committee meetings that require action or follow-up. All follow-up items indicate who is responsible for each item, when it is expected to be completed and a brief status comment. Once the items have been completed and reported to the Committee they will be removed from the list.

Decision Making Process

2.      Council is required to make a decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act). Staff have assessed the requirements contained within this section of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded that as this report is for information only and no decision is required in terms of the Local Government Act’s provisions, the decision making procedures set out in the Act do not apply.

 

Recommendation

1.      That the Regional Transport Committee receives the “Follow-ups from Previous Regional Transport Committee Meetings” report.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

 

Attachment/s

1

Follow up items from November 2014 meeting

 

 

  


Follow up items from November 2014 meeting

Attachment 1

 

 

Follow-ups from Previous Regional Transport Committee Meetings

Meeting Held 14 November 2014

Item

Action

Person Responsible

Due Date

Status Comment

GPS Development

For regular update

Transport Manager /NZTA

Mar 2015

The final GPS 2015 was released in December 2015 and is discussed in the Transport Manager’s report.

Sealing of State Highway 38

For regular update

NZTA Regional HNO Manager

Mar 2015

A verbal update will be given at the meeting

Driver licensing issues

For regular update

Chair/Transport Manager

Mar  2015

Mayor Craig Little , Wairoa District Council, will give a verbal update at the meeting.

Napier Gisborne Rail Line

For regular update

Chairman Alan Dick

Mar  2015

A verbal update will be given at the meeting

One Network Road Classification

For regular update

Transport Manager

Mar  2015

A verbal update will be given at the meeting

 


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: Call for any Minor Items Not on the Agenda        

 

Reason for Report

1.      Under standing orders, SO 3.7.6:

“Where an item is not on the agenda for a meeting,

(a)     That item may be discussed at that meeting if:

(i)    that item is a minor matter relating to the general business of the local authority; and

(ii)   the presiding member explains at the beginning of the meeting, at a time when it is open to the public, that the item will be discussed at the meeting; but

(b)     No resolution, decision, or recommendation may be made in respect of that item except to refer that item to a subsequent meeting of the local authority for further discussion.

2.      The Chairman will request any items councillors wish to be added for discussion at today’s meeting and these will be duly noted, if accepted by the Chairman, for discussion as Agenda Item 14.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Transport Committee accepts the following minor items not on the agenda, for discussion as item 14:

1.     

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

   


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

Subject: Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25        

 

Reason for Report

1.      This report is to

1.1.      consider submissions received on the draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25 (the Plan); and

1.2.      consider proposed changes to the draft Plan; and

1.3.      recommend the  Plan  for approval by the Regional Council.

Financial and Resource Implications

2.      The public transport  services listed in the Plan which are currently provided by HBRC have been accounted for in the Council’s Long Term Plan budgets.

3.      The Plan also proposes investigations into a number of public transport improvements. All improvements are subject to Council approval and financial implications would be considered at that point.

Background

4.      The Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA) requires each regional council that intends to subsidise public transport to prepare a Regional Public Transport Plan which must be reviewed at least every three years.  The purpose of the RPTP is set out in the LTMA  and  is to provide

4.1.      A means for encouraging councils and operators to work together in developing public transport services and infrastructure; and

4.2.      An instrument for engaging with the public in the region on the design and operation of the public transport network; and

4.3.      A statement of –

4.3.1.      The public transport services that are integral to the public transport network; and

4.3.2.      The policies and procedures that apply to those services; and

4.3.3.      The information and infrastructure that support those services

5.      The RPTP must be adopted by the Regional Council by 30 June 2015 at the latest. No re-tendering of bus services is permitted until the Plan is finalised.

Progress

6.      A draft Plan was prepared in the latter half of 2014 and was released for public consultation over December and January. Submissions on the draft Plan were heard on 13 February 2015, along with submissions on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan. A number of submitters made submissions on both plans.

7.      Deliberations on the RPTP  were not able to be completed on 13 February due to time constraints and the Committee therefore deferred them to this meeting.

8.      The summary of submissions and officers’ report  is  Attachment 1.

9.      The draft Plan has been revised in accordance with the officers’ recommendations and is under separate cover as Attachment 2. Copies of all submissions received on the draft RPTP were included as an attachment under separate cover for the meeting of 13 February.

Discussion

10.    In order to be able to consider the final Plan for adoption at this meeting, changes have been made to it based on the officers’ recommendations. If any of the officers’ recommendations are not adopted, or other changes are required to the Plan, these can be recorded via   resolution at this meeting and the Plan will be amended accordingly. The final version can then be circulated by email before it is considered by the Regional Council.

Decision Making Process

11.    Council is required to make a decision in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements contained in Part 6 Sub Part 1 of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded the following:

11.1.   The decision does not significantly alter the service provision or affect a strategic asset.

11.2.   The use of the special consultative procedure is not prescribed by legislation.

11.3.   The decision does not fall within the definition of Council’s policy on significance.

11.4.   The persons affected by this decision are all public transport users and operators in the region.

11.5.   No other options have been considered as Council is required by the Land Transport Management Act 2003, to adopt a Regional Public Transport Plan by 30 June 2015.

11.6.   The decision is not inconsistent with an existing policy or plan.

11.7.   Given the nature and significance of the issue to be considered and decided, and also the persons likely to be affected by, or have an interest in the decisions made, Council can exercise its discretion and make a decision without consulting directly with the community or others having an interest in the decision.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Transport Committee:

1.    Agrees that the decisions to be made are not significant under the criteria contained in Council’s adopted policy on significance and that Council can exercise its discretion under Sections 79(1) (a) and 82(3) of the Local Government Act 2002 and make decisions on this issue without conferring directly with the community and persons likely to be affected by or to have an interest in the decision due to the nature and significance of the issue to be considered and decided.

2.    Considers and adopts the recommendations contained within the attached ‘Summary of Submissions and Officers’ Recommendations’ report, subject to amendments agreed to by the Committee;

3.    Agrees to consequential amendments to the   Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25

The Regional Transport Committee recommends that Council

5.   Approves the Regional Public Transport Plan for 2015-25

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

 

Attachment/s

1

RPTP Summary of Submissions and Officers' Recommendations

 

 

2

Draft Regional Public Transport Plan 2015-25

 

Under Separate Cover

  


RPTP Summary of Submissions and Officers' Recommendations

Attachment 1

 













HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

Subject: Amended Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 for Adoption        

 

Reason for Report

1.      To consider the amended draft Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 (the Plan) and recommend  it for approval by the Regional Council.

Financial and Resource Implications

2.      The Plan contains proposed expenditure for all approved organisations in the Hawke’s Bay region, including Hawke’s Bay Regional Council.  HBRC’s expenditure is subject to confirmation by the Council through its Long Term Plan process. 

Background

3.      The Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA) was amended in 2013 and now requires regional councils to prepare and approve an RLTP every six years. This plan replaces the Regional Land Transport Strategy and the Regional Land Transport Programme and sets the strategic direction for land transport for the region for at least ten years, as well as forming the region’s funding application to the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) for six years.

4.      The full requirements for and content of the Plan are contained in Sections 14 and 16 of the LTMA. The Plan must be consistent with the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015/16-2024/25 (GPS 2015), which was released in December 2014. The final Plan must be adopted by the Regional Council no later than 30 April 2015.

5.    The draft Plan was released for public consultation over December and January, and submissions hearings, consideration of an officers’ report and deliberations on submissions took place on 13 February.  As a result of those deliberations,   a number of changes were agreed to the Plan, mainly wording changes and the addition   of items that the region would like to see NZTA  include in its programme of works.  Details of these changes are outlined in the minutes of the 13 February meeting. A copy of the amended Plan is Attachment 1 under separate cover.

Approval of the Plan

6.   Under Section 18B of the LTMA, the Committee must lodge the Plan with the Regional Council for approval after it has completed the consultation process. The Council can then decide to approve the Plan without modification, or refer the Plan back to the Committee with a request that it reconsider one or more aspects. 

7.      If the Committee agrees that the changes which have been made to the Plan fairly reflect the 13 February decisions, it should recommend that the Regional Council adopt the Plan.

Decision Making Process

8.      Council is required to make a decision in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements contained in Part 6 Sub Part 1 of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded the following:

8.1.      The decision does not significantly alter the service provision or affect a strategic asset.

8.2.      The use of the special consultative procedure is not prescribed by legislation.

8.3.      The decision does not fall within the definition of Council’s policy on significance.

8.4.      The persons affected by this decision are all residents of the region. .

8.5.      No other options have been considered. Preparation of the Plan is a requirement of the Land Transport Management Act 2003. .

8.6.      The decision is not inconsistent with an existing policy or plan.

8.7.      Given the nature and significance of the issue to be considered and decided, and also the persons likely to be affected by, or have an interest in the decisions made, Council can exercise its discretion and make a decision without consulting directly with the community or others having an interest in the decision.

 

 

Recommendations

1.    That the Regional Transport Committee receives the report on the amended Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25.

The Regional Transport Committee recommends that Council:

2.    Agrees that the decisions to be made are not significant under the criteria contained in Council’s adopted policy on significance and that Council can exercise its discretion under Sections 79(1)(a) and 82(3) of the Local Government Act 2002 and make decisions on this issue without conferring directly with the community and persons likely to be affected by or to have an interest in the decision due to the nature and significance of the issue to be considered and decided.

3.    Approves the Regional Land Transport Plan for 2015-25

4.    Forwards the Plan to the New Zealand Transport Agency no later than 30 April 2015, as required under the Land Transport Management Act 2003. 

 

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

 

Attachment/s

1

Proposed Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25

 

Under Separate Cover

     


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

Subject: March 2015 HBRC Transport Manager's Report        

 

Reason for Report

1.      This regular report provides the Committee with a snapshot of relevant transport matters, provides updates from the Transport Advisory Group (TAG) on issues raised at their regular meetings and outlines what is coming up within the transport sector.

Background

2.      The Transport Advisory Group is made up of road asset managers, planners and staff from Approved Organisations (AOs) - NZTA, Wairoa District Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council, Napier City Council, Hastings District Council and co-ordinated by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s Transport Manager. TAG meets at least quarterly and its main purpose is to support the operation of the RTC and provide co-ordinated and timely advice backed up by technical knowledge.

3.      A TAG meeting was held in late January. The main topic of discussion was submissions received on the draft Regional Land Transport Plan and the preparation of officers’ responses to these.

Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015-25 (GPS 2015)

4.      The Government released the final GPS in December after a period of consultation and some delay in finalising the document due to the elections.

5.      GPS 2015 continues the direction set in GPS 2012 of driving improved performance from the land transport system by focussing on economic growth and productivity, road safety and value for money.

6.      GPS 2012 had an expenditure target of $9.5 billion over its first three years (2012-13 through 2014-15). This compares to $10.5 billion under the first three years of GPS 2015.

7.      The average increase in the maximum level of funding available under each activity class in GPS 2015 is set out below, and is compared to that available under GPS 2012.

7.1.   State highway improvements – increases the annual maximum available funding by 4.0% per annum (compared to the GPS 2012 level of 4.6 percent).

7.2.   State highway maintenance – increases the annual maximum available funding by 3.0% per annum (compared to 1.3% under GPS 2012). This rate of increase is intended to recognise likely maintenance cost pressures, in particular the costs associated with maintaining new infrastructure which has been built to higher standards.

7.3.   Local road improvements – increases the annual maximum available funding by 4.3% per annum (compared to 2.8% under GPS 2012). This reflects good returns, and sustained vehicle kilometres travelled on local roads.

7.4.   Local road maintenance - increases the annual maximum available funding by 2.4% per annum (compared to 2.0% under GPS 2012).

7.5.   Public transport – increases the annual maximum available funding by 3.5% per annum (increasing from the GPS 2012 level of 3.0% average annual increases). This rate of increase reflects current and projected patronage growth.

7.6.   Walking and cycling improvements – increases the annual maximum available funding by 3.5% per annum (compared to 1.9% under GPS 2012). This reflects opportunities to provide more options for active modes of transport.

7.7.   Regional improvements – a new activity class which will ensure funding is available for worthwhile investment in places outside of major metropolitan areas.

7.8.   Road policing – increases the annual maximum available funding by 1.9% per annum (compared to 0.2% under GPS 2012).

7.9.   Road safety promotion – increases the annual maximum available funding by 1.4% per annum (compared to 0.6% under GPS 2012).

8.      Although the views expressed in the submissions received on the draft varied, a number of key themes emerged:

8.1.      Support for the overall strategic direction proposed in the draft GPS 2015 and for the three priorities of economic growth and productivity, road safety, and value-for-money

8.2.      Varying stakeholder views on how funding should be apportioned to different activity classes, particularly between local roads and State highways, to achieve the GPS priorities

8.3.      Support for the GPS to be more explicit that local authorities are co-investors in the land transport system

8.4.      Support for the results required of different activity class investments and monitoring of these results, as long as this is not too resource intensive

8.5.      Acknowledgement of, and support for, the increases in available funding for most activities, while seeking further increases in road maintenance, public transport and walking and cycling

8.6.      Concern that despite their importance, local road funding is being restricted to allow building of more State highways

8.7.      Need for funding allocations to recognise the impact of freight and forecast freight increases on the local road network

8.8.      Concern about lack of links in GPS 2015 to rail freight and coastal shipping

8.9.      Support for more emphasis on resilience

8.10.   Support for the new activity class structure and the merging of activity classes

8.11.   More thinking needed about changing future demand patterns, particularly in light of an aging population, climate change and changing oil use.

9.      As a result of these submissions , a number of changes were made to the GPS including:

9.1.   The upper ranges of funding available for public transport were increased, so up to $115 million more will be available for public transport projects between 2015-16 and 2024-25. This takes the potential spending on public transport to a total of $4.585 billion.

9.2.   The objectives set down in the final GPS 2015 were amended to ensure they are clearer and more well-defined. A new ‘efficiency’ objective has been added, while the ‘demand’ objective has been clarified so it refers to access to social and economic opportunities.

9.3.   A definition of major metropolitan areas (reflecting the Statistics New Zealand definition) has been added, clarifying those areas which are eligible for funding under the Regional Improvements activity class.

9.4.   The Auckland Transport Package (announced by the Government in 2013), the Accelerated Regional Roading Package (announced in August 2014) and the Urban Cycleways Package (announced in September 2014) have been referenced throughout GPS 2015. While funding for these will be provided in addition to funding for activity classes, the packages will be considered and undertaken in a way consistent with other projects funded under the GPS.

9.5.   The role that technology and innovation can play in managing network access and capacity has been reflected throughout the document, including the new cross-cutting reporting line which will ensure technology investments (and the returns on these investments) will be transparently recorded.

Regional Cycling Plan

10.    The Regional Cycle Plan Governance Group met on 29 January to consider  further details of the Plan. Minutes will be tabled at the meeting.  The Urban Cycling Fund announced by the Government in 2014  is now open for applications and may be able to accelerate cycling improvements by reducing the amount of local share required each year. Up to 33% of the cost of a project may be met from the UCF but this is intended to be used to accelerate programmes, not to reduce the overall local contribution.

11.    A workshop to discuss the details of the UCF was held in Wellington on 26 February and was attended by several representatives from Hawke’s Bay. A verbal update will be provided at the meeting.

Hastings District Council – Proposed Amendments to the Speed Limit Setting Bylaw and Setting of Speed Limits

12.    During mid 2014, Hastings District Council proposed amendments to its current Speed Limits Bylaw 2012 and wished to set speed limits at levels which it previously adopted on 30 January 2014.

13.    There was public concern about the adequacy of consultation on the speed limits set in January and the appropriateness of those limits. The Hastings District Council therefore resolved to proceed with a special consultative procedure on the limits and the Bylaw.

14.    A submission was made by the Regional Transport Committee commenting on potential issues arising from a reduced speed limit for sections of the strategic network around the Whakatu Arterial Link.

15.    After hearings and deliberations on the matter, the Council  agreed to return a number of roads to the east of  Napier Road/SH2 to100km/h, but generally retained those roads to the west of SH2 (apart from Farndon Road and Brookfields Road which will go to 100km/h) as 80km/h. Those speed limits which were changed will take effect as from Sunday 1 February 2015. All other speed limits remain in effect as adopted by the Council at its meeting in January 2014.

Approved Organisations – Significant Issues Update

Highway Network and Operations

16.    The PakiPaki intersection safety upgrade work  is underway and will be completed by  March 2015.

17.    Pakowhai/Links Rd Intersection upgrade - property purchase is underway.

Hastings District Council

1.      Submissions have been heard on the Notice of Requirement for the Whakatu Arterial Link. It is expected that the commissioner will deliver his decision during March .

2.      Tenders have been advertised to add a cycle crossing facility on the SH2 bridge at Clive.

3.      Tenders have closed to add a pathway facility on the southern side of Havelock Road.

4.      Planning and design is underway to add cycle way clip-on facilities to Chesterhope Bridge (on Pakowahi Road) and Karamu Bridge on State Highway 2.

Napier City Council

5.      The Ford Rd extension project is currently underway and due for completion in early March.

6.      A roundabout is going to be constructed at the Warren Street/Marine Parade intersection starting in May

7.      Preparation is underway for Prebensen Drive four-laning. Enabling works alongside the road have commenced and the bulk of the construction is expected to start in April. Construction is expected to take between 6 to 8 months.

8.      A major upgrade (stormwater and refurbishment) of Hastings St from Albion to Tennyson is expected to get underway in mid April.

Wairoa District Council

9.      Renewals programme well underway with 70% completion of heavy metal build ups, associated improvements (widening) and drainage renewals.  Reseals commencing in late February.

10.    Mohaka township bridge renewal has commenced with a staged upgrade approach being undertaken. This bridge remains under 2T weight restriction with stage 2 works anticipated to take a further 12-18 months.

11.    Flood damage/washouts works have been underway over summer with coastal dropouts successfully reinstated along the Mahia East Coast Rd and similar rock revetment treatment of the Black Beach dropouts nearing 50% completion. 

12.    Draft Walking and Cycling Strategy has been prepared. Internal reviews have noted additional strategic routes for inclusion in the document.  These additions will be added before submission to Council for endorsement.

Central Hawke’s Bay

13.    No major projects this year, business as usual but a big year for renewals and maintenance.  Met with Ernslaw and they provided their haulage amounts per year and the roads they will be using. Have engaged GHD to produce a business case for NZTA so an enhanced funding rate can be negotiated. Initial response from NZTA has been very helpful and encouraging, thanks to Colin Goble and Ross I’Anson.

14.    Have trialled a new stabilisation product from TPMS on grave roads and after 4 months is proving to be valuable in not only stabilising the road but good value for dust control

15.    Discussions underway with NZTA regarding extension of the cycleway between Waipukurau and Waipawa. This has been followed up with the RLTP submissions and is now in the hands of NZTA to include in their programme

 

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

16.    There were 3.5% fewer bus passenger trips in the first half of the 2014-15 year than the same period last year, with the most marked drop being 5770 trips in August, a 7% decline on the same month the previous year. While especially wet weather probably contributed to the August decline, falling petrol prices are thought to have been a contributing factor since then, with a litre of 91 octane currently costing around $1.75 a litre, a fall of around 45 cents since October 2014.

17.    The graph below shows total passenger trips during the first six months of 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diagram 1 – Bus  Passenger Trips – July to December – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15

18.    Use of Total Mobility service in the region continues to grow, as show in the table below.

19.    Diagram 2 – Total Mobility Trips – July to December – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15

Year

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2012-13

6,753

6,839

6,471

7,256

6,925

6,447

40,691

2013-14

7,401

6,804

6,611

7,658

7,365

7,185

43,024

2014-15

8,320

7,950

7,677

8,267

7,701

7,948

47,863

 

Decision Making Process

20.    Council is required to make a decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements contained within this section of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded that, as this report is for information only and no decision is to be made, the decision making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 do not apply.

 

Recommendation

1.    That the Regional Transport Committee receives the March 2015 HBRC Transport Manager’s Report.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

 

Attachment/s

There are no attachments for this report.  


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: March 2015 RoadSafe Update Report        

 

Reason for Report

1.      This is a regular report that provides the Committee with a snapshot of road safety activities that are being undertaken under the Road Safety Action Plans and as necessary will brief the Committee on any current or upcoming issues relevant to road safety.

Background

2.      There are a number of strategic documents that provide the direction for the Road Safety Activities. These include:

2.1.      Government Policy Statement for Land Transport 2012

2.2.      Safer Journeys 2020

2.3.      Communities at Risk Register

2.4.      NZTA Briefing Notes

2.5.      NZ Police Strategies

2.6.      RoadSafe HB Strategic Plan (2013-16).

3.      The current Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) expands on the strategic direction set out in the Safer Journeys 2020 strategy and continues the government’s strong focus on removing bottlenecks, encouraging economic growth and productivity and improving road safety.

4.      Road safety incorporates a range of elements including network improvement, road policing, and education and awareness. Roadsafe HB and the road safety action plans focus on education and awareness programmes in collaboration with road policing activities and proposed network improvements.

Regional Road Safety Priority Issues for 2014-15

5.      RoadSafe Hawke’s Bay is part of a road safety group that develops and implements road safety education opportunities that support the National and Regional Strategic Documents listed above. The overall goal is to work towards: “A safe road system increasingly free of death and serious injury” (Safer Journeys 2020).

6.      Partners include NZ Police, NZTA Traffic Safety Engineers, HB District Health Board, ACC, district and city council transport staff and other associated groups.  By working in partnership, the intention is to develop road safety programmes that focus on the region’s priority issues and support the intended outcomes identified in the regional and strategic documents. By working in partnership, the reach and scope of the activities are increased and capitalise on the expertise of the partners.

7.      The Regional Road Safety Priority Issues for 2014-15 are (NZTA Briefing Notes):

7.1.      Central Hawke’s Bay

7.1.1.     Alcohol & Drugs

7.2.      Hastings District

7.2.1.     Alcohol & Drugs

7.2.2.     Intersections

7.2.3.     Motorcycles

7.2.4.     Loss of Control Rural Roads – Head on

7.2.5.     Speed

7.2.6.     Young Drivers

7.2.7.     Cyclists

7.3.      Wairoa

7.3.1.     Alcohol and Drugs

7.3.2.     Loss of Control Rural Roads – Head on

7.3.3.     Speed

7.3.4.     Young Drivers

8.      Traffic incidents are reported in a number of different ways and a number of indicators are needed to understand whether the road safety programmes are effective.

Funding

9.      The 2015-2018 Funding Application  to the NZ Transport Agency has been completed.

10.    The Road Safety programme is funded from three sources:

10.1.    HBRC rates

10.2.    Territorial Authorities contribution (Wairoa District Council, Hastings District Council, Napier City Council, Central Hawke’s Bay District Council)

10.3.    NZ Transport Agency

Report - February 2015

 

11.       Activities completed during December 2014 to February 2015 include

1.1.   Christmas Road Safety Campaign -  Joint Police and Roadsafe HB Christmas Alcohol Education Checkpoints

1.2.   Fatigue Stops

1.3.   Safe Summer Driving campaign

12.    Applications have closed to fill the two positions vacant, one in Wairoa and one in   Central Hawkes Bay.  Interviews will be conducted on the 3rd March 2015. Staff will continue the planned activities, a full staff meeting/planning day to be organised for March/April 2015

13.    Activities coming up: 

1.4.   Joint alcohol and fatigue stops over long weekends,

1.5.   ‘Stopping Distances’ DVD to be completed,

1.6.   Truck Health & Safety Fatigue Stops – Joint with Horizons Regional Council/  Taupo/ Pan Pac,

1.7.   Joint Road Safety Education Days – Corrections/ Police & RoadSafe HB scheduled for every 6 weeks

14.    Linda Anderson Regional Manager, RoadSafe HB appointed as the SASTA (Safe and Sustainable Transport Association) National Chair, National Organisation for Road Safety Educators

 

Road Safety Statistics

15.    The following links provide detail on road crashes in our region.

-     nzta.govt.nz/resources/crash-analysis-reports/statistical-statements

-     nzta.govt.nz/resources/crash-analysis-reports/briefing-notes

-     nzta.govt.nz/resources/crash-analysis-reports/

16.    The table below sets out the year to date road deaths by region

 

 

Weekly road deaths update by Local Government Region as at midnight Monday, 16 February 2015 *

Local Government Region

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Northland

2

3

2

2

4

Auckland

5

7

8

4

7

Waikato

12

7

3

5

5

Bay of Plenty

3

2

-

4

3

Gisborne & Hawkes Bay

4

7

2

2

2

Taranaki

2

1

1

2

1

Manawatu / Wanganui

3

4

2

5

5

Wellington

2

2

2

1

1

Nelson / Marlborough

1

1

1

1

-

West Coast

-

-

1

2

-

Canterbury

1

5

6

-

5

Otago

3

3

1

3

4

Southland

-

2

1

1

1

Total

38

44

30

32

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decision Making Process

17.    Council is required to make a decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements contained within this section of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded that, as this report is for information only and no decision is to be made, the decision making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 do not apply.

 

Recommendation

1.    That the Regional Transport Committee receives the ‘March 2015 RoadSafe Update Report‘.

 

 

Linda Anderson

Regional Manager RoadSafe Hawke's Bay

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

Attachment/s

There are no attachments for this report.  


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: March 2015 NZTA Central Region - Regional Director's Report        

 

Reason for Report

1.      This item introduces the NZTA Central Region Regional Director’s report as provided in Attachment 1.

Decision Making Process

2.      Council is required to make a decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements contained within this section of the Act in relation to this item and have concluded that, as this report is for information only and no decision is to be made, the decision making provisions of the Local Government Act 2002 do not apply.

 

Recommendation

1.      That the Regional Transport Committee receives the ‘March 2015 NZTA Central Region – Regional Director’s Report’.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

 

Attachment/s

1

NZ Transport Agency Regional Director's Report

 

 

  


NZ Transport Agency Regional Director's Report

Attachment 1

 

 

Report to:

Hawke’s Bay Regional Transport Committee

Presenter:

Raewyn Bleakley, Regional Director - Central

Date:

6 March 2015

 

 

1.   Agency News

 

Release of the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport

Minister of Transport Simon Bridges officially released the Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) on 18 December 2014. The GPS sets out the Government’s priorities for expenditure from the National Land Transport Fund over the next 10 years, guiding the allocation of over $3 billion a year in transport investment.

 

The final GPS is largely unchanged from the draft consultation document released in June 2014. This means that the planning and investment signals provided by the Transport Agency through 2014 are consistent with the GPS and remain relevant to our partners who are developing plans as part of the 2015-18 NLTP. This includes guidance on the change from targeted R Funds to the nationally contestable Regional Improvements activity class. Additionally, the release of a final GPS has allowed the Agency to confirm the draft Investment Assessment Framework.

 

The new GPS continues the strategic direction of its predecessor in focusing on the need to prioritise economic growth and productivity, road safety and value for money.

 

 

One system for all HPMV permit route applications

The Transport Agency is rolling out an online system for operators who want to apply for permits, The system offers operators a range of features such as tracking their permit’s progress and remembering their details to make repeat applications much faster. The system will also enable permits to be processed more efficiently, saving time for both the Transport Agency and our customers. While HPMV operators in Auckland have been able to apply for their permits using an online system for some time now, this system is undergoing an upgrade in preparation for rolling out across the country in the first half of 2015.

 

Operators will be able to continue using a manual system for permits, but the Transport Agency anticipates that most will opt for the time-saving option of online applications.

 

 

New advertising campaign targets speeding drivers

While most road users recognise the risks of driving at speed and support police enforcement of the speed limits, they don’t always recognise speeding in their own driving.

 

A new Transport Agency TV campaign targets competent drivers aged between 20-49 years who drive ‘comfortably’ fast - typically a bit faster than the posted speed limit or other traffic. These are drivers who feel in control, want to be seen as a good driver and want to feel good when driving.

 

The new campaign encourages the audience to be conscious of how their speed affects other people and other people’s perception of them. Ultimately the goal is to get these drivers to choose to slow down: not just to avoid a ticket but because of the effect their speed has on others. After all, no one should be made to feel unsafe on or near the road.

 

You can check out the new television ad and all supporting material via the advertising section of the Transport Agency website: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/about/advertising/speed/numbers.html.

 

 

2.   Central Region Events

 

Carey Griffiths is the new Central Access & Use Regional Manager

After 29 years in the Police, Carey Griffiths has joined the Transport Agency’s Central Region Access & Use (A&U) team as Regional Manager.

 

With around 10 years’ work in road safety under his belt (including roles as National Operations Manager for Road Policing and National Road Policing Manager) Carey has a great understanding of the regulatory demands of the transport sector and has been working closely with the Transport Agency and road users for a number of years.

 

Carey has joined the A&U team as they roll out a number of significant service changes, including warrant of fitness and certificate of fitness delivery changes, driver testing and driver licencing changes, and the reduction in legal blood alcohol levels. He recognises there are plenty of challenges ahead but says, “It helps that I’m joining such a well-functioning team, and I know we’re just going to get better.”

 

Carey is a keen motorcyclist and has just passed an IAM observed assessment. He is particularly interested in helping to promote motorcycle safety in the Agency and around the region.

 

 

Road Safety in Hawke’s Bay

The average annual number of fatal crashes in Hawke’s Bay from 2009 to 2013 was 13.8 at the end of December, or 1.15 per month.  For the year to the end of December 2014 there were twelve fatal crashes, or one per month. This seems to represent a continuation of the slow downward trend in preceding years (although an upturn on 2013).

 

The average annual number of serious injury crashes from 2009 to 2013 was 30.5 at the end of December, or 2.5 per month. For the year to the end of December 2014 there were 68 serious injury crashes, or 5.6 per month. The rate of serious crashes for the region appears to overall to reflect the slow overall downward trend in the numbers of fatal accidents (with however an upturn in 2014).

 

 

Safety

The Transport Agency’s Napier Office is developing articles to be published in local newspapers. The articles aim to enhance safe driving in the region, and will inform road users about various infrastructure features peculiar to our network, such as wide centre lines and variable speed limits. This initiative complements our Safe Systems approach to driver education.

 

 

3.   Delivery of the National Land Transport Programme

 

National Land Transport Programme

Fund name

Available funding

Spent to-date 2005/06 - 2013/14

Committed but not spent 2014/15 - 2021/22

Total spent and/or committed (total approved)

Uncommitted balance

Assigned but not committed

Unassigned balance

R Funds

$72,683,888

$47,009,057

$2,189,302

$49,198,359

$23,485,529

$23,229,526

$256,003

 

With four months to the end of the 2014/15 financial year there is $23.4 million of R funds not committed to projects.  A change in deadline now means that R funds will need to be committed by the end of the 2015/18 NLTP period. All R funds will be committed to projects including the Whakatu arterial and HB Expressway Pakowhai and Links Road Intersection projects.

 

Regional Planning & Investment staff are involved in national moderation meetings for 2015/18 NLTP activities and are working with approved organisations, assisting with the development of programmes and supporting evidence. This work is vital to telling the story behind the regional programmes and projects.

 

Putting Customers At The Heart Of Our Business

The Government’s Accelerated Roading Package identified the ‘Napier Port Access’ project as delivering on a key journey. The scope of this work builds on the region’s development philosophy ‘origin to destination by focussing on the routes to the Napier Port gates. The Strategic Case is emerging with stakeholders being consulted in the process. The Professional Services Contract for the next step, the Detailed Business Case, is due to be awarded at the end of February 2015. Our intention is to have the Detailed Business Case completed within a year. A more detailed programme will be available once the consultant is engaged.

 

To help our customers plan their journeys, we are building a greater One Network picture of potential travel delays between Hastings and Napier. Working closely with our partners to understand the delays at specific work sites, we have put together a newspaper advertisement which highlights major works planned for this year on key routes between the two cities. The information provided will give travellers a better idea of potential delays to their journeys, and we intend to provide these details to the public on a regular basis to ensure that they are fully informed.

 

Getting the Most Out Of Our Network Capacity

Mohaka Bridge maintenance works continue and should be complete by mid to late April. We have been constantly updating the freight industry about weight and speed constraints.  This has been well received and adhered to. The public and commercial operators have been extremely understanding of the short delays associated with the work.  Over summer there were some longer than expected delays caused by heavy traffic flows.  We are confident that the maintenance action and the bridge management plan will continue to enable routine access for approved vehicles.

 

Improving Freight Efficiency Throughout The Region

The design of the Hawke’s Bay (HB) Expressway Pakowhai Links Road Intersection Project is undergoing the normal peer review process (for example, Safety Audits).  We are working to complete land purchase which is the next significant milestone. We intend to start site preparation this financial year with the main contract in the 2015/16 construction season.

 

An extra $500,000 has been allocated for Safety Retrofit work to be carried out on SH38 from Wairoa to Waikaremoana. This work involves installing guardrails at a number of high risk sites. This work is a part of the overall plan for SH38, looking at levels of service, asset management and ownership of the corridor.

 

The Minor Safety Programme for 2015/16 has been finalised and we are waiting for the funds to be approved by National Office, as the Transport Agency’s contribution towards the programme as a road controlling authority.

 

Construction has commenced on the Pakipaki roundabout and should be complete this financial year.

 

The SH2B/Meeanee Quay intersection has been identified as a regional priority and programmed for the next NLTP period as a standalone project.  It will require a collaborative approach across the region.

 

 

 

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Raewyn Bleakley

Regional Director - Central

 

20 February 2015

 


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 06 March 2015

SUBJECT: Minor Items Not on the Agenda        

 

Reason for Report

This document has been prepared to assist Councillors note the Minor Items Not on the Agenda to be discussed as determined earlier in Agenda Item 6.

Item

Topic

Councillor / Staff

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