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Published: 2012-05-25 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council has backed a decision to disband the regional public transport committee.

The council yesterday voted in favour of the committee’s decision made earlier this month after considering a Waikato Regional Council report on the governance of the region’s public transport.

Public transport governance matters will now be the responsibility of the regional transport committee chaired by Waikato regional councillor Norm Barker.

In Hamilton, which accounts for about 90 per cent of the region’s public transport network, it is proposed that a new body be established comprising two elected members each from the regional council and city council, and a representative from the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and disability sector.

The two councils will now meet to finalise details around establishment of the body, including frequency of meetings, membership and scope.

The regional council has also approved draft terms of reference for the new body for consultation with the city council.

Public transport related matters for the satellite/rural councils will be discussed at separate sessions of the regional transport committee to be convened twice a year.

Formal arrangements, including service level agreements, will also be established between the regional council and territorial authorities.

A regional public transport advisory group will also be convened as required to discuss public transport matters of regional significance and the rollout of national projects and initiatives across the Waikato. The group will comprise staff from the regional council, territorial authorities and NZTA, with the regional transport committee’s access and mobility representative.

The regional public transport committee met for the last time on Monday 7 May.

The regional transport committee next meets at Waikato Regional Council’s office at 401 Grey Street, Hamilton, on Monday 2 July.