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Transport Baseline Data and Regional Overview

TR200001

Report: TR 2000/01
Author: Bill McMaster

Abstract

This Transport Baseline Data and Regional Overview Report is the first step in the review of the Waikato Regional Land Transport Strategy. Its purpose is to set the scene for the review and it will be followed by a Transport Issues Paper and a Transport Options Report before a Draft Regional Land Transport Strategy is produced toward the end of 2000.

This Baseline report begins by presenting a picture of the region and its people. This is followed by an examination of the regional economy and a profile of industry and agriculture.

The report then provides an overview of the transport sector and looks at some of key areas affecting the transport sector such as environmental matters and the roles of the various transport modes.

The report then goes on to list some of the key strategic transport projects that are current in the region at present. The report concludes with a summary of possible transport indicators that could be incorporated into the final Strategy.

In the appendix of the report is a summary of various transportation studies that have been done as part of the implementation of the Regional Land Transport Strategy since the first Strategy was produced in 1993.

Transport Baseline Data and Regional Overview
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 1
2. The Waikato Region     2
  2.1. Physical 2
  2.2 Political 4
3. The Waikato People 6
  3.1 Population 6
  3.2 Migration   8
  3.3 Households 8
  3.4 Age Structure 10
  3.5 Work 11
4. Regional Economy 12
  4.1 Overview 12
  4.2 Regional Economic Trends 14
5. Industry and Agriculture Profile 16
  5.1 Energy 16
  5.2 Agriculture 16
  5.3 Horticulture 16
  5.4 Forestry 16
  5.5 Retail Trade 17
  5.6 Building 18
  5.7 Tourism 18
6. Transport Profile of the Waikato Region 20
  6.1 Overview 20
  6.2 Traffic Volumes: 23
  6.3 Motor Vehicle Registrations 24
  6.4 Journey to Work 26
  6.5 Heavy Transport 26
  6.6 Rail/Air Transport 28
  6.7 Land Transport Administrative Structure 29
7 Transport Matters 31
  7.1 Industry/Sector Matters 31
    7.1.1 Forestry 31
    7.1.2 Dairy Industry 31
    7.1.3 Aggregates 31
  7.2 Environmental Issues 31
    7.2.1 Air Quality 31
    7.2.2 Water Quality 32
    7.2.3 Noise 32
    7. 2.4 Debris and Spillages 33
    7.2.5 Hazardous Substances 33
    7.2.6 Energy Use in the Transport sector 33
  7.3 Transport Modes 34
    7.3.1 Public Passenger Transport 34
    7.3.2 Total Mobility 34
    7.3.3 Private Motor vehicle 36
    7.3.4 Rail Passenger Transport 36
    7.3.5 Cycling 37
  7.4 Safety 37
8. Strategic Transport Projects 39
  State Highway One 39
  State Highway 2: 43
  State Highway 3: 43
  State Highway 25: 44
  State Highway 27: 45
  State Highway 5: 45
9. Transport Indicators 46
10. References: 48
Appendix One: Findings of Regional Transport Studies 50