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Integrated transport with active modes - bikes on trains

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From: Rod Badcock

Dear Wellington Regional Council,

In February this year Cr. Daran Ponter facilitated a meeting with GWRC and Metlink about improving integration of bikes with Trains in Greater Wellington. This followed some detailed discussion on the huge barriers and problems faced by people trying to use the Metlink service. This culminated in a meeting on 1st March 2022 where various people from Greater Wellington met and discussed problems encountered, and potential solutions to all the problems. This was attended by Metlink, GWRC and others (Chair Daran Ponter, Councillor Roger Blakeley, Councillor David Lee, Melissa Anderson, Daniel Pou, Emmet McElhatton, Lisa Colebrooke, Patrick Morgan, Rod Badcock, Alex Dyer, Tim Haiselden, Emma Osbourne).

An undertaking was made by GWRC to improve provision and take definitive actions to make improvements and facilitate mode shift and multimodal transport. GWRC issued their own set of minutes to this meeting on 14th April 2022.

Subsequently Samantha Gain took over from Scott Gallacher at Metlink, and Samantha Gain was directly contacted on 21 May 2022 to enquire what actions have been taken to better place multimodality, and facilitate more reasonable active transport provision on trains. In addition to that request for feedback, a reminder of key issues was made
1. Bike racks on some train replacement buses are rubbish, unusable etc
2. Any sign of new policy on increasing carriage of bikes on trains?

This written request has remained unanswered.

Given the case of a young family becoming stranded through Metlink, and the lack of provision for multimodal access when train replacement services used - I again highlighted the details to Samantha Gain on 25th May 2022 and requested an update with concrete actions and plans. This written request remains both unacknowledged and unanswered.

I therefore am forced to resort to this much more formal method to ask specific questions, for each item I would like to request:
1. What action is being planned?
2. Who has responsibility for enacting?
3. On what date were decisions made?
4. When will actions be complete?

These answers will be in response to:
1. Planned bus replacements. I gave a case from 24th May where planned bus replacements did not use buses fitted with bus bike racks which accommodate two unfolded bikes, demonstrating no change in provision.
2. Unplanned bus replacements
3. Additional bicycle training for front line staff
4. Staff discretion for additional bikes on board
5. Bike excluded services review "We intend to implement any changes to services by 1 July 2022, to allow for sufficient lead in time and public advertising."
6. Future Development of the rail network and provision of improved facilities
7. What interim solutions proposed by people at 1st March meeting are being considered

Yours faithfully,

Rod Badcock

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From: Darrell Young
Wellington Regional Council

Dear Rod,

 

Acknowledgement of Request for Information under the Local Government
Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

 

Thank you for your email dated 15 June 2022, requesting information
regarding Integrated transport with active modes - bikes on trains.

 

Your request is being followed-up and a reply will be sent to you within
20 working days of the request being received.

 

Please note that it is our policy to proactively release our responses to
official information requests where possible. We do not publish
requesters’ personal information.

We will let you know when we respond to your request if we intend to
publish it on Greater Wellington’s website.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Darrell Young

 

 

for

Luke Troy

General
Manager                                                                                                             

Strategy

Greater Wellington Regional Council

 

 

 

   

 

 

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From: Rod Badcock

Dear Darrell Young,

As this request relates to the written request to Samantha Gains on 21 May, then I will assume your 20 days relates to this priority date? After all this was in itself an OIA.

Yours sincerely,

Rod Badcock

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From: Nicky Bradley
Wellington Regional Council


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Tēnā koe Rod

Request for information 2022-078

I refer to your request for information dated 15 June 2022, which was
received by Greater Wellington Regional Council (Greater Wellington) on 15
June 2022.

Enclosed is our response.

 

Nga mihi

 

Nicky Bradley
Kaiāwhina Matua ki te Kaiwhakahaere Matua Waka

Executive Assistant to General Manager Metlink  
Metlink
M 021341260

 

100 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011 | PO Box 11646, Manners St,
Wellington 6142  

Follow us online: [1]Facebook | [2]Twitter
To find out how to plan your journey, go to metlink.org.nz

 

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2. https://twitter.com/metlinkwgtn

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