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Transport, participation and wellbeing: Evidence and recommendations

TR 2018/18

Report: TR 2018/18

Author: Bridget Burdett (TDG)

About this report

Waikato Regional Council recognises that transport affects peoples’ lives in ways that are not routinely measured. Goals in the Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP) and Regional Public Transport Plan (RPTP) have focused on providing transport choices that support wellbeing, through a focus on people with ‘transport disadvantage’ in policy and transport provision. New approaches in the 2018 Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS) provide more emphasis for access to social opportunities and transport choices than were evident in the previous GPS.

Government invests in transport and services for many economic and social reasons, but the links between access, mobility and wellbeing remain largely unexplored. Waikato Regional Council has an interest in transport and wellbeing because it governs regional land transport planning, and public transport planning and operations.

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Transport, participation and wellbeing: Evidence and recommendations [PDF, 1.8 MB]

1 Executive Summary
2 Introduction
2.1 Report Purpose
2.2 Background: The Strategic Business Case
3 Summary of Evidence
3.1 Literature
3.2 Empirical Evidence: Survey
3.3 Qualitative Evidence: Focus Groups
3.4 Identifying the People of Greatest Need
4 Recommended Response: Targeting Investment to People of Greatest Need
4.1 Investment Response: Funding Infrastructure and Services
4.2 System Response: Demonstrating Links Between Investment and Wellbeing
4.3 Policy Background to Economic Appraisal
4.4 Linking Investment and Wellbeing: Benefit/Cost Appraisal
5 Recommendations
5.1 Transport Sector Actions
5.2 Health, Education and Social Sector Implications
5.3 Community Sector Implications
6 Conclusions