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Dunedin City Council – Kaunihera-a-rohe o Otepoti

The DCC will deliver the Integrated Transport Strategy by following the high level principles described below.

Principle 1: Responsible, effective investment

The DCC will adopt a Business Case approach for transport investment, in keeping with the NZTA direction, in order to ensure robust, evidence-based investment decisions. Consistent with this, the DCC will make transport planning and investment decisions based on a hierarchy of interventions (Figure 13). The aim is to use this intervention hierarchy to prevent congestion, safety problems or accessibility problems from occurring in the first place, and thereby minimising the need for costly infrastructure investment later. The hierarchy of interventions is shown overleaf in Figure 13. Where a major change or significant investment is being considered the DCC will use temporary trials where practicable and appropriate, to ensure the effects of the proposal are properly understood. Where new transport infrastructure is being designed, or existing infrastructure re-designed, the needs of all road users and modes will be considered.

Principle 2: One network approach

In keeping with the NZTA’s national direction, the DCC will take a ‘one network’ approach to managing the Dunedin transport system. This means that DCC will work collaboratively with the other organisations responsible for delivering the transport system to ensure seamless, logical and integrated delivery of the transport network and to ensure that the separation of control over different parts of the network does not affect the user’s experience and the coherence of the network.

Principle 3: A safe system approach

The DCC will take a safe system approach to managing the transport system. This means DCC commits to creating a forgiving road system based on four principles:

  • People make mistakes: We need to recognise that people make mistakes and some crashes are inevitable.
  • People are vulnerable: Our bodies have a limited ability to withstand crash forces without being seriously injured or killed.
  • We need to share responsibility: System designers and people who use the roads must all share responsibility for creating a road system where crash forces do not result in death or serious injury.
  • We need to strengthen all parts of the system: We need to improve the safety of all parts of the system – roads and roadside, speeds, vehicles and road use so that if one part fails, the other parts will still protect the people involved.

Principle 4: Partnership

The DCC will take a partnership approach to delivering Dunedin’s transport system through:

  • Collaboration and liaison with key transport delivering organisations such as NZTA, ORC, NZ Police and KiwiRail.
  • Working with the Road Safety Partners including NZTA, NZ Police, ORC, ACC, and other stakeholders as required.
  • Partnering and collaborating with tertiary institutions, emergency services, the health sector, business organisations and transport-focussed advocacy and stakeholder groups where possible.
  • Engaging and assisting neighbourhood and community groups where possible.

Principle 5: Sustainability

The DCC will take a sustainable development approach to delivering Dunedin’s transport system. This includes taking into account the social, economic, and cultural interests of Dunedin’s people and communities, maintaining and enhancing the quality of the environment, and taking into account the needs of future generations.

Principle 6: Leadership

The DCC will take a leadership role in delivering, facilitating and advocating for a safe, sustainable, socially inclusive, and efficient transport system that supports Dunedin’s environmental social, cultural and economic interests of Dunedin. The DCC will show leadership across all the areas of focus identified in this Strategy to improve the resilience of the DCC’s own transport and travel activities. Examples of how this might be progressed include methods such as work place travel planning and investigating ways of maximising the fuel efficiency of the DCC vehicle fleet.

Principle 7: Treaty of Waitangi

The DCC will fulfil its obligations under the Treaty, including consulting and engaging with Māori.

Principle 8: Affordability

The DCC will implement the strategy in a cost-effective and fiscally responsible manner. Implementation will adhere to the balancing process set out in the Financial Strategy (2012 – 2022).

Figure 13.Figure 13. Hierarchy of Interventions to optimise transport investment.

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