Otago transport planners will further investigate the
logistics of merging with their Southland counterparts.
A joint Otago Southland land transport plan will probably be
discussed at a meeting in April comprising the two regional
land transport committees.
Members of the Otago committee agreed to pursue the idea at
their meeting in Dunedin last week.
The joint plan was mooted last year, as a sensible option
given the existing collaboration among authority roading
staff from both regions.
Already Environment Southland and Otago Regional Council
staff co-operate on matters of shared interest, such as
submissions to the Government and regional road safety
Transport staff said a joint plan could result in more
coherent and consistent transport policies, strategies and
It could also have more political influence than smaller
separate regional plans, and address inter-regional issues.
The New Zealand Transport Agency will be involved in
discussion about how a joint plan would be prepared and