Connect The Dots | Regional Services Review 2023

Submissions on the Regional Services Review closed on 11 September 2023. However, you are still able to share any feedback by emailing your thoughts to transport@horizons.govt.nz.

The Horizons Region is home to people living in many diverse communities - cities, villages and everything in between. People make connections between those communities to work, access key services such as healthcare and education, and spend time with each other.

How we will move across the region is changing. A new highway connecting Manawatū and Tararua is under construction, while the Capital Connection rail service upgrades will make it easier than ever to travel between Palmerston North and Wellington. These and other transport projects give us the opportunity to improve how we connect our towns, cities, districts and neighbouring regions through public transport.

The Regional Services Review is how you can let Horizons Regional Council know what new public transport options you want to make it easier to travel across and beyond the region. Sharing your thoughts with Horizons means they can make decisions which truly reflect what you find most important.

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Why regional public transport?

Regional public transport is a key tool to reduce congestion, travel times and carbon emissions. If done well and with the community's needs in mind, regional public transport can be designed in a way which makes travel easier for everyone no matter how they choose to move across and beyond our region.

Regional public transport also helps people connect between communities. Right now, many people in our region find it difficult to take part in work and education, or access essential services such as grocery shopping and healthcare, because they have few options to get around. Giving those people public transport optiosn provides the kind of independece we all desire.

Do you have any ideas already?

We have already heard some ideas, such as a shuttle connecting Manawatū villages to Feilding, buses between Hāwera and Whanganui, and regular services between Palmerston North and Pahiatua or Palmerston North and Masterton.

We hope these ideas will act as a prompt for you to tell us what you want and need from regional public transport services.

What is not being considered?

This review is not looking at changes to our urban services in Palmerston North, Feilding and Whanganui. Those reviews will happen at a different time.

We are also not looking to establish new rail services. However, we are interested in your ideas on how to connect to current rail services, such as Wellington's regional rail network, the Northern Explorer and the Capital Connection.