Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy

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The Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy (HITS) will set out a future transport vision for Horowhenua and provide a principles-based planning framework to coordinate the delivery of a suite of Transport Action Plans across the district, over the next 30 years.

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Vision and Transport Principles

Draft vision:

"Horowhenua has a safe, functional, innovative, integrated, multi-modal and sustainable transport system that supports a thriving, healthy and growing community and enhances the visitor experience."

Draft transport principles:

  • A safe and functional land transport system
  • An innovative transport system
  • An integrated multi-modal transport system
  • A sustainable transport system
  • A thriving, growing and healthy community.

Priority Transport Initiatives

  • Access
  • Road and rail safety
  • Public transport / modal choices
  • Active transport – cycling, walking, rolling
  • Resilience
  • Freight and logistics
  • Levin Town Centre and other settlements.

What is HITS all about?

HITS will set out the future transport vision for Horowhenua and provide a principles-based planning framework to coordinate the delivery of a suite of Transport Action Plans across the district, over the next 30 years.

HITS will be an integrated, multi-modal transport strategy for the district to achieve sustainable transport outcomes. It will include an overarching strategic vision and principles that will be used to guide and inform transport planning, infrastructure investment and delivery over the next 30 years.  It will align with the Government’s Policy Statement on Land Transport and inform planning for NZTA’s proposed Ōtaki to North of Levin Expressway.

What has been done so far?

Earlier this year, Council consulted with our community on transport issues, ideas and options.  More than 500 people took part in our survey.  We held discussions with community groups, the shared pathways network reference group, met with iwi, and key transport groups and representatives.  We also met with the transport managers of our neighbouring Councils and made representations to the Horizons and Greater Wellington Regional Transport Committees and NZTA.

What happens next?

Once we have gathered and analysed feedback, Council Officers will prepare the Draft HITS that will go to Council for adoption in the New Year. We will also propose Transport Projects to be included in the next Long Term Plan 2021-2041.

Yes, if you want to discuss how HITS may affect you, or a group or association you are part of, please contact Daniel Haigh, Growth Response Manager or Cynthia Ward, Principal Policy Advisor by phoning Council on (06) 366 0999 or emailing growth@horowhenua.govt.nz

The aim is to develop an integrated, multi-modal transport strategy for the district. It will provide an overarching strategic vision and principles that will be used to guide and inform infrastructure planning, investment and delivery over the next 30 years.

Horowhenua needs a safe, responsive, resilient and sustainable transport system and viable public transport system, which is affordable and integrated with the national and regional context for rail and state highways.

Development of the Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy will be undertaken alongside New Zealand Transport Agency’s (NZTA) work on the Ōtaki to North of Levin (Ō2NL) projects, and is expected to inform planning work for the expressway. NZTA will continue to provide updates to stakeholders and the community on the expressway project, and Council will continue to collaborate with NZTA on critical elements of the project that are import for the District and community.

An online transport survey was conducted during April and May to get people's views on key transport issues, concerns, ideas and directions for the future. Over 500 people took part in the survey.

A media release that summarises the survey results can be found on our Lack of transport options and and busy roads concern Horowhenua residents news page.

Or, you can view the full results of the Horowhenua Integrated Transport Strategy Survey on our Survey Results.

Horowhenua District Council has removed identifying information from the survey results to protect the privacy of those who participated in the survey.