Meeting of the Regional Transport Committee

 

 

Date:                 Friday 10 June 2016

Time:                10.15am

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 11 March 2016

5.         Matters Arising from Minutes of the Regional Transport Committee held on 11 March 2016

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

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

Decision Items

8.         Request for Variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25                         11

Information or Performance Monitoring

9.         Napier-Wairoa Rail Proposal                                                                                       17

10.       Regional Land Transport Plan Review                                                                        19

11.       NZTA Central Region - Regional Director's Report for June 2016                            31

12.       June 2016 Transport Manager's Report                                                                     39

13.       June 2016 RoadSafe Hawke's Bay Update                                                               45

14.       June 2016 Public Transport Update                                                                            49

15.       Advisory Representative Verbal Reports

16.       Minor Items Not on the Agenda                                                                                  53  

 


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 10 June 2016

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 and Environment

HBRC Maori Committee

David Murray

Advisor: Private motorists, Public Transport users, Walking and Cycling

Automobile Association

Gregory Brown

Advisor: NZ Police

NZ Police

Chris Bain

Advisor: Port and Coastal Shipping

Port of Napier Limited

John Emmerson

Advisor: Road Transport industry

Road Transport Association: 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

Engineering Manager/Asset Manager - Roading

WDC

Mark Clews

Strategic Planning Manager

HDC

Jag Pannu

Transportation Manager

HDC

Colin Goble

Senior Engineer

NZTA

Simon Barnett

Principal Transport Planner

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, 10 June 2016 as short term replacement(s) on the Committee for _______________________.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

   


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

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 Ups from 11 March 2016

 

 

  


Follow Ups from 11 March 2016

Attachment 1

 


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 10 June 2016

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 16.

 

Recommendations

That the Regional Transport Committee accepts the following minor items not on the agenda, for discussion as item 16:

1.     

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

 

   


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

Subject: Request for Variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25

 

Reason for Report

1.         To consider a variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-2025 to the three year programme, to incorporate a new funding arrangement and cost increase for the SH2/2B/Watchman Rd/Airport Entrance intersection improvement project.

Background

2.         The Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-18 (RLTP) was adopted in 2015 and contained the region’s proposed transport activities to be funded from the National Land Transport Fund for the six years 2015-21.

3.         The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) through its Highway Network Operation (HNO) group has a project listed in the RLTP for the reconstruction of the SH2/2B/Watchman Rd intersection. During the course of the early development of the business case for the project, it became apparent the airport entrance was also of significant safety concern and a solution that encompassed both of these issues would be the best long term solution.

4.         The solution now proposed is the creation of a new roundabout at the intersection of Meeanee Quay with the fourth (Watchman Rd) leg enabling the construction of a new entrance to the Airport. Because of this, significant work will be required to upgrade Watchman Rd and build a new entrance road through to the Airport Terminal. While the cost of this work had not been fully allowed for within the Napier City Council (NCC) budgets, Council has recognised this shortfall and sought extra funding for its share of the project costs through the 2017/18 Annual Plan consultations. The Airport is understood to be able to fund the creation of the new entranceway through their property.

5.         The project currently listed in the RLTP is an NZTA (HNO) project, which does not give the Napier City Council the ability to apply for subsidy for its part of the project costs. 

6.         It is therefore necessary for Napier City Council to seek a variation to the RLTP to include Napier City Council as one of the funding partners, which in turn will enable NCC to seek subsidy for the cost of reconfiguring Watchman Rd. A letter seeking the variation is attached (Attachment 1).

7.         As a result of the increased scope of the project, the estimated total cost is now $10.5 million, as compared to approximately $6 million listed in the RLTP. A further amount relates to improvements on HB Airport land and will not be subsidised through the National Land Transport Fund. 

Effects of the Variation

8.         The increase in scope of this project within the 2015-18 period will not delay any other activity nor will it use funds which have been earmarked for other regional projects (assuming the local road component of the project meets NZTA funding criteria).

9.         The Committee must consider whether the variation is significant and must therefore be publicly consulted on. The significance policy for the Regional Land Transport Plan states that (among other criteria) public consultation is not required if the variation is a scope change which does not alter the original objectives of the project.

10.       The RLTP already contains funding for the NZTA HNO improvements to this intersection, and the project name includes the Hawke’s Bay Airport intersection, indicating that consideration would be given to how safety concerns at the Airport entrance might be addressed at the same time.  Therefore, while the scope of the project has changed, the original objectives are the same.

11.       The variation is therefore sought to reflect the increased scope and cost, and altered funding arrangements of the project.

Proposed Variation to RLTP 2015

12.       The variation is to substitute the relevant columns of Line 8 on Page 18 and Line 22 on Page 22 with the following:

Organisation

Project Name and Description

Total Cost 6 years

Cost 2015

Cost 2016

Cost 2017

Cost 2018

NZTA HNO/ NCC

SH2/SH2B/Watchman Rd/HB Airport Entrance Intersection Improvements. Investigation and implementation of safety improvements at high risk intersections on a regional state highway.

$10,500,000

 

$200,000

$9,500,000

$800,000

 

Decision Making Process

13.    Council is required to make every decision in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements in relation to this item and have concluded:

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

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

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

13.4.   There are no persons directly affected by this decision and the significance policy for the Regional Land Transport Plan has been considered in relation to public consultation.

13.5.   Options considered and detailed in the report.

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

13.7.    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.      The Regional Transport Committee receives and notes the “Request for Variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25” report.

2.      The Regional Transport Committee recommends that Council:

2.1.      Agrees that the decisions to be made are not significant under the criteria contained in Council’s adopted Significance and Engagement Policy, and that Council can exercise its discretion 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.

2.2.      Approves the variation to the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 as proposed.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

1

Napier City Council Request for RLTP Variation

 

 

  


Napier City Council Request for RLTP Variation

Attachment 1

 

   


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

Subject: Napier-Wairoa Rail Proposal

 

Reason for Report

1.      To outline a proposal under development by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for the future utilisation of the Napier to Wairoa section of the Napier–Gisborne rail line.

Background

2.      Since the mothballing of the Napier-Gisborne rail line, there have been a range of proposals developed by various parties for the re-commencement of a freight service on the line.

3.      The Regional Transport Committee has previously expressed its concern that safety, resilience and level of service issues on State Highway 2 between Napier and Gisborne will worsen as forests in the Wairoa District reach harvesting age and a large proportion of the harvest is transported to Napier Port by road.

4.      Log production in the Wairoa region is expected to increase from around 0.5 million tonnes per annum currently to 1.25 million tonnes per annum within 10 years.

5.      This equates to an increase in log traffic from 130 movements per working day to 330 per working day (based on 30t / trip, 250 working days / year).

6.      KiwiRail let the Napier-Gisborne rail line out for tender in July 2015. An opportunity was available as part of the tenders process for the submission of alternative proposals. HBRC submitted an alternative proposal and KiwiRail subsequently advised the council that the proposal had successfully passed through the first round of tender evaluations. A final outcome was initially expected by February 2016 but negotiations are still continuing.

 

7.      The objectives of the proposal put forward by HBRC are to :

 

7.1.      secure the rail line as a viable transport alternative between Wairoa and Napier

 

7.2.      improve road safety and travel times between Napier and Wairoa

 

7.3.      encourage economic development in the Wairoa region

 

7.4.      attract additional cargo to Napier Port

 

 

8.      The proposition under negotiation provides the option to reinstate a rail service that

1.1.   provides HBRC with a low financial barrier to both entry and (if necessary) exit;

1.2.   limits the financial, health and safety  and reputational risk to HBRC;

1.3.   provides a scalable solution to match log demand as harvesting increases;

1.4.   limits the maximum financial exposure to HBRC at any one point;

1.5.   utilises existing KiwiRail assets;

1.6.   involves a partnership approach with KiwiRail; and

1.7.   provides Napier Port with a competitive advantage

 

9.      HBRC continues to engage Nick Cornwall, Starboard Group Limited, to assist in progressing the details of the proposal. Mr Cornwall will give a presentation at the meeting.

Decision Making Process

10.    Council is required to make every decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements 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 “Napier-Wairoa Rail Proposal” report and presentation.

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

There are no attachments for this report.


HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

Subject: Regional Land Transport Plan Review

 

Reason for Report

1.      To outline the requirements and revised timeline for the review of the Regional Land Transport Plan 2015-25 (RLTP).

Background

2.      At the March committee meeting, a draft timeline was presented for the review of the Regional Land Transport Plan, which commenced with some investment logic mapping workshops in May-June this year. However, based on subsequent discussions and advice from the Transport Sector Interest Group, the committee was emailed on 11 May   to suggest a slightly different approach and a later formal start to the review. This was to allow for the release of New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) guidance on using the business case approach for the review, and to take local body elections into account.

3.      The NZTA guidance has now been released and sets out a suggested timeline and process. This has been used to adapt the timeline presented to the Committee in March. The revised timeline is at Attachment 1.

4.      Attachment 2 is one of the suite of documents just released as part of the NZTA guidance on RLTP reviews.  This sets out the Agency’s requirements and recommendations and will be used to guide our review process.

5.      The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will be working fairly intensively over the next few months to review the evidence base for the strategic issues facing the region. We will focus on the strategic studies on which the current RLTP  and the 2012 Regional Land Transport Strategy were based, and re-examine their assumptions and proposals  for the transport network in light of the most recent  demographic, economic and land-use information. This will guide the Investment Logic Mapping process later in the year.

6.      The NZ Transport Agency is also working on a thirty year view for each region. This is intended to assist regional councils with the forecasting of transport demand in each region.  Complementing this work is an annual publication to be prepared by the Ministry of Transport and released around March each year. This document, titled New Zealand Transport Outlook, will be broken down by region and will use scenarios to forecast transport demand into the future.

Decision Making Process

7.      Council is required to make every decision in accordance with Part 6 Sub-Part 1, of the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements 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 “Regional Land Transport Plan Review” report.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

1

RLTP Timeline

 

 

2

Business Case Approach - Guidance for 2018 RLTP

 

 

  


RLTP Timeline

Attachment 1

 


Business Case Approach - Guidance for 2018 RLTP

Attachment 2

 






Business Case Approach - Guidance for 2018 RLTP

Attachment 2

 



HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

SUBJECT: NZTA Central Region - Regional Director's Report for June 2016

 

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 every decision in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements 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 NZTA Central Region – Regional Director’s Report for June 2016’.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

1

NZTA Regional Director's Report June 2016

 

 

  


NZTA Regional Director's Report June 2016

Attachment 1

 






HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

Subject: June 2016 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.

Transport Advisory Group meetings

3.      A TAG meeting was held in late May.

4.      Agenda items included:

4.1.   Progress reports and discussion of issues associated with major capital projects – refer New Zealand Transport Agency’s report for details of state highway projects. A brief update on the Whakatu Arterial Link project is in paragraph 13 below.  As both the Whakatu Arterial Link and Pakowhai Links projects are scheduled to commence construction in September, close coordination will be required between the agencies to plan carefully for how to minimise travel disruption, especially at peak times. 

4.2.   Planning for the review of the Regional Land Transport Plan – see separate item in this agenda.

Driver Licensing Issues and Proposal

5.      A Governance Group has been established to oversee the allocation of funding to community organisations to provide driver licensing training and support throughout the Hawke’s Bay region.

6.      The group is chaired by the Cr Alan Dick, Chairman of the Regional Transport Committee, with two members from the Hawke’s Bay Intersectoral Group and two from the Regional Transport Committee. Owing to the tight timeline for getting the Governance Group established, it was decided to appoint temporary members from the RTC until October. Once the RTC is re-established after the local body elections, a formal appointment process will take place and permanent RTC representatives will be confirmed. The temporary members are Cr Rick Barker (HBRC) and Cr Tania Kerr (HDC).

7.      The Governance Group met recently to review application criteria and documentation, and the fund was advertised in early June.

8.      The Governance Group will meet again after applications close, to assess these for funding. Six monthly reports on the progress of successful providers will be provided through the Regional Transport Committee to Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Hawke’s Bay Intersectoral Group.

 

 

Regional Cycling Governance Group

9.      Minutes of the Regional Cycling Governance Group meeting on 17 May 2016 are attached. (Attachment 1).

10.    Good progress is being made with the projects for which the region was successful in obtaining Urban Cycleways funding from the NZ Transport Agency.

11.    Now that many of the actions in the Regional Cycle Plan are in progress, the Governance Group is looking to start developing a longer term view, identifying where and how the network should expand and what other improvements/activities should be included. This work will be incorporated into the review of the Plan in 2017-18.

Approved Organisations – Significant Issues Update

Highway Network and Operations

12.    Updates on the Napier Port Access project, Pakowhai/Links/HB Expressway  Intersection project and SH2/ Airport/Watchman Road intersection are contained in the NZ Transport Agency Regional Director’s report in this agenda

Hastings District Council

13.       Tender documents for the Whakatu Arterial Link project are expected to be issued during June and construction to commence in September 2016.  Hastings District Council has included additional local share funding in its Annual Plan.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council

14.       Public transport issues are discussed in a separate agenda item.

Decision Making Process

15.       Council is required to make every decision in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements 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 “June 2016 Transport Manager's report”.

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

1

Minutes Regional Cycling Governance Group May 2016

 

 

  


Minutes Regional Cycling Governance Group May 2016

Attachment 1

 




HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee  

Friday 10 June 2016

SUBJECT: June 2016 RoadSafe Hawke's Bay Update        

 

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 2015 (GPS)

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 GPS expands on the strategic direction set out in the Safer Journeys 2020 strategy and continues the government’s strong focus on 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 2015-16

5.     

5.1.      Central Hawke’s Bay

5.1.1.     Alcohol & Drugs

5.2.      Hastings District

5.2.1.     Alcohol & Drugs

5.2.2.     Intersections

5.2.3.     Motorcycles

5.2.4.     Loss of Control Rural Roads – Head on

5.2.5.     Speed

5.2.6.     Young Drivers

5.2.7.     Cyclists

5.3.      Wairoa

5.3.1.     Alcohol and Drugs

5.3.2.     Loss of Control Rural Roads – Head on

5.3.3.     Speed

5.3.4.     Young Drivers

6.      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

7.      The road safety programme is funded from three sources:

7.1.      HBRC rates

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

7.3.      The NZ Transport Agency

Report for June 2016

8.       The HB Youth Alcohol Expo was completed on the 16th-20th May 2016 and was attended by the region’s Year 11 Students (2200 students).  Each year there has been a new addition to the Expo and this year it was stopping distances and driver distraction.  Feedback has been very positive and planning will begin for the 2017 event in October this year.  A debrief will be held next week.

9.      Linda Anderson, Regional Manager, will present two sessions at the Brisbane Road Safety Conference in August 2016. These will be on the joint Corrections/Police/Community Probations project and ‘Just Another Saturday Night’. 

10.    HB Regional Prison has entered the joint work we have been doing with the Department of Corrections into a national award. We are waiting to hear the outcome of this.

11.    Work Plans (2016-2017): these are currently being developed and will be sent out for consultation in due course

Road Safety Statistics

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

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

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

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

13.    The table below sets out the year to date road deaths by region. Unfortunately the New Zealand-wide trend is clearly up on previous years, with 2013 being the lowest year in recent times. The Waikato region is a major contributor to this, with deaths in 2016 double the toll in 2013 for the same period.  Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne deaths stand at 8 for the year to date. This is fairly consistent with the last three years.

Weekly road deaths update by Local Government Region as at midnight Monday, 30 May 2016 *

Local Government Region

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Northland

7

8

8

9

15

Auckland

17

25

18

20

15

Waikato

18

16

26

27

32

Bay of Plenty

8

8

15

18

10

Gisborne & Hawkes Bay

11

6

8

7

8

Taranaki

5

2

7

6

7

Manawatu / Wanganui

12

6

14

16

11

Wellington

6

7

3

2

8

Nelson / Marlborough

2

3

3

1

6

West Coast

3

2

4

3

2

Canterbury

17

19

10

17

13

Otago

8

3

7

7

6

Southland

3

1

6

2

7

Total

117 

106 

129 

135 

140  

Decision Making Process

14.    Council is required to make every decision in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002 (the Act).  Staff have assessed the requirements 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 ‘June 2016 RoadSafe Hawke’s Bay 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 10 June 2016

Subject: June 2016 Public Transport Update        

 

Reason for Report

1.      This agenda item provides the Committee with an update on Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s public transport operations.

Background

2.      HBRC has agreed to make a number of bus service improvements in conjunction with the start of the new bus contract on 1 August 2016. These include: a trial service between Bay View and Napier; earlier morning services from Havelock North and Flaxmere to meet the needs of Hawke’s Bay District Health Board workers; a revised route for services within Hastings and a modified express service between Napier and Hastings via Taradale and the Expressway.

3.      Patronage in regional Centre’s around the country continues to decline, with decreases consistent with those seen in Hawke’s Bay. Most regional councils consider that lower petrol prices are the major reason for this. Canterbury Regional Council has commissioned some research into the factors affecting patronage in most Centre’s and the results are expected shortly.

4.      Route 12 services at peak times no longer travel via Tait Drive in Napier, due to low demand from this area and timetable issues at peak times. Buses instead run directly down Kennedy Road, and two new stops have been placed near Anderson Park.  Off-peak services continue to service Tait Drive. Feedback from passengers and the bus company has been positive, with peak services better able to keep to time.

5.      A review of bus fares is underway by the Regional Council at present. A decision is expected to be made on 15 June.

Bus Passenger Trips

6.      Diagram 1 shows total bus passenger trips during 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 YTD. At the time of preparation of this report, patronage figures to the end of April  were available.

 

 

 

 

7.      Total patronage and monthly averages for the 10 months to April for 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 YTD are shown in Diagram 2.

Diagram 2 – Passenger Trips for the 10 months to April, Monthly Averages

Year

Total Passengers YTD

Monthly Average

2012-13

621,676

62,168

2013-14

659,560

65,956

2014-15

615,478

61,548

2015-16

568,553

56,855

 

Bus Service Costs

8.      The following table shows the net cost (after fares and excluding GST) of operating the goBay bus service between July and April in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16. The costs include base contract and quarterly incentive and indexation costs, which accounts for the significant price fluctuations between months.

Diagram 3 – Net Cost of Bus Service – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 YTD

(52% of this cost is met by the New Zealand Transport Agency).

Fare Recovery

9.      Fare recovery is the portion of the total cost of the service that is covered by fares (including Supergold payments from central government). Diagram 4 shows fare recovery in 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 (YTD).

Diagram 4 – Fare Recovery – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 YTD

2012-13

34.26%

2013-14

38.24%

2014-15

38.69%

2015-16 (YTD)

37.8%

Bus Stops

10.    Napier City Council has commenced a programme of formalising Napier bus stops. Two new stops have been placed on Kennedy Road in the vicinity of Anderson Park to cater for direct peak services on Route 12 and others are in progress for service adjustments commencing 1 August.

11.    HBRC has made a submission to the Hastings District Council’s Annual Plan, asking that a proposal to move the Eastbourne Street terminus east by one block, be re-considered. HBRC is very concerned about the effect that this would have on the service. Passengers would be considerably inconvenienced, as the new location is further from the centre of the CBD. All buses entering Hastings would need to be re-routed and this would create timetabling difficulties and increased cost.

12.    As HBRC is making improvements to the bus service, a new timetable is under preparation for a 1 August start.  We therefore need this issue resolved as soon as possible.

 

 

SuperGold Card Scheme Update

13.    Changes have been made to the funding of the SuperGold scheme which provides free off-peak bus travel for people with a SuperGold card. The Minister of Transport has announced that from 2016-17, funding for this scheme will be capped and each region will be bulk funded. Regional allocations will be adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index but there will be no funding to accommodate growth in numbers of users of the scheme or in the number of trips taken.

14.    Regional Councils from the areas where SuperGold card use is growing significantly have had some significant concerns about the possibility that this capped bulk funding approach would transfer the cost to ratepayers.

15.    Therefore, the Ministry of Transport and the Transport Agency have undertaken to set up a collaborative approach with Local Government New Zealand to ensure an equitable implementation of the planned changes. Key to this will be the continuation of access to the service for SuperGold cardholders and avoiding the transfer of risk and cost to ratepayers.

16.    This approach will involve:

16.1.    understanding the actual cost of providing SuperGold free off-peak travel on public transport services, including the tipping point between revenue and cost, as well as the benefits of carrying SuperGold cardholders

16.2.    getting value for money from services for taxpayers and users of the scheme, without transferring costs and risks to ratepayers

16.3.    getting to a position where regional councils are better able to manage the costs of carrying SuperGold cardholders.

17.    A transitional approach will be put in place for 2016-17, based on SuperGold numbers carried in 2015-16. It is likely that Hawke’s Bay Regional Council will receive almost the same funding in 2016-17 as in 2015-16. There are no plans to change the operation of the SuperGold card scheme in Hawke’s Bay.

Total Mobility

18.    The Total Mobility scheme, which is funded by regional council, local councils and the NZTA, provides subsidised taxi transport for people who have an illness or disability which prevents them from using public transport.

19.    The following tables compare the number of Total Mobility trips made during 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16, and the corresponding costs (excl GST).

20.    The number of TM trips for the year to date is still slightly down on last year. The cost of TM is 2.4% less than for the same period last year. This will be partly connected to the overall drop in trips, but may also relate to the types of trips, with fewer long trips undertaken.

Diagram 5 – Total Mobility Trips – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 (YTD)

 

Diagram 6 – Total Mobility Cost ($ excl GST) – 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 (YTD)

(60% of this cost is met by the New Zealand Transport Agency

Decision Making Process

21.    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 and notes the “March 2016 Public Transport Update” report.

 

 

Anne  Redgrave

Transport Manager

Liz Lambert

Chief Executive

 

Attachment/s

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HAWKE’S BAY REGIONAL COUNCIL

Regional Transport Committee

Friday 10 June 2016

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 7.

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